Davis Wins Second-Straight SPEED GT Pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Jul. 3 2009) – Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., earned his second-consecutive SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT pole of the season in preparation for Saturday’s Toyo Tires Watkins Glen Grand Prix Presented by Lala Motorsports. He also lost the post-qualifying coin toss for the second time in-a-row inverting the top five and placing Davis fifth on the grid for Saturday’s Round Five race, part of the Camping World Grand Prix weekend at Watkins Glen International. Fifth-qualifying Jason Daskalos, of Albuquerque, N.M., will start first.

Davis led the 30-minute qualifying session early in the No. 10 Applied Computer Solutions/Sun Micro Systems Ford Mustang Cobra, but was soon exchanging hot laps with Eric Curran. For the last 10 minutes of the session Curran held off Davis by a mere 0.010-second and as the checkered flag flew, it appeared as though Curran had won the battle and would take his first pole of 2009. The last car to see the checkered flag, Davis stopped the clocks at a 1:55.463 (106.008 mph), more than enough to steal the pole from Curran.

"The car was really good,” Davis said. “We knew where Eric [Curran] was in time, and we went out at the end for one last run. His 55.7 was just a tick faster than our 55.7. I went out and ran a good lap, I though it would be enough. Another 55.7 and not enough for the pole. So I cooled off the tires and took one more run at it. I told the guys on the radio 'I’m gonna go for it and hopefully don’t wreck the thing.’ It came close quite a few times on that last run. I was really hanging it out—putting the throttle on really early and hoping the thing didn’t drive off and into the guard rail. I was fortunate to keep it on the track. In 11, I was able to just hold on and keep it off the wall. I was in the dirt a little, but we came away with a faster lap.”

Though choosing tails for the post-qualifying coin flip had failed Davis at Mosport, the current point leader kept the faith and selected tails again at The Glen. The result did not change, as the coin came up heads, inverting the top five, and giving fifth-qualifying Daskalos the top spot on the grid for Saturday’s race. Davis will start fifth.

“You’ve got to play the cards you’re dealt,” Davis said. “We’ll start fifth and see if we can get a good start. We’ve had good starts in the past. We’ll see if we can get up close to the front on the start. Our car has gone away as the race has worn on this year and we’ve done some more this weekend to try to address that. Hopefully, we can get back to the front and actually win one of these things.”