Friday
May182007

TEAM NEWS: LG Motorsports Corvettes qualify 3rd, 4th and 20th for Utah World Challenge GT race at Miller Motorsports Park

Photo by John Thawley Tooele Utah (May 18, 2007): Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas Texas, and Doug Peterson, of Bonita Springs Florida, qualified their LG Motorsports prepared Chevy Corvette C-6s onto the second row for Saturday’s Round 3 of SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series here at the spacious Miller Motorsports Park. Tomy Drissi, of Hollywood California, had his qualifying effort cut short by a freak accident and had to settle for 20th position in his LGM Corvette.

Lou Gigliotti set the pace for the World Challenge GT competitors to follow as he did a trial qualifying run during practice on Thursday and true to his word his qualifying run in the LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevy Corvette today was only marginally quicker with a record breaking time of 2:55.844.

“All we wanted to do was match our best time from yesterday and we beat it by a tenth (of a second) so we are happy with that,” said Gigliotti shortly after qualifying. “I was going for it and it was all we had with the track the way it was today.”

“I don’t know if it was the ALMS rubber or whatever but our set-up was just a bit pushy,” Lou continued. “I ended up dropping a wheel off which just killed us, but there was only a couple of tenths if that left in the car.”

Doug Peterson continued his excellent qualifying runs by qualifying his 3-Dimensional Services/Urban Assault the Movie Chevy Corvette 4th with a record bettering time of 2:56.001.

“I was trying to beat Lou and I got two wheels off trying to catch him,” said Doug Peterson of his qualifying run. “Otherwise it was a good run and I am very happy with it. The car was very good today.”

Gigliotti kidded his teammate by saying, “Doug shouldn’t try to beat me. Doug definitely shouldn’t try to beat me!”

Doug Peterson didn’t take the bait and simply smiled and started heading back to the transporter confident that at Sebring Doug’s pole position time had definitely beaten Lou on that occasion.

Tomy Drissi had begun the weekend playing catch-up as his demanding work schedule didn’t allow Tomy to get to the track until yesterday making Drissi try to learn the difficult 23 turn Miller track in two practice sessions.

Drissi’s plan was to utilize the qualifying session as an additional practice and learning session but Tomy was left stranded on track after a fluke accident that saw the cooler for the cool suit broke free and knocked a main fuse out of the fuse box causing his Corvette to stop on course.

Drissi’s 1st lap time of 3:01.320 in his NEXT – The Movie Chevy Corvette was only good enough for 20th on the grid for Saturday’s race.

“I think if I had been able to get in some more laps I could have gotten down into the 2:58’s,” said Drissi who was actually more upset that he lost valuable track time than he was about where he qualified. “Now there are a lot of cars in front of me to pass and I am still trying to learn the track!”

Round 3 of SCCA Pro Racing’s SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series will begin on Saturday May 19th at 9:45 a.m. Mountain Time and will be broadcast on SPEED TV on Sunday May 27th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

For additional information about the LG Motorsports, a leading provider of aftermarket performance products for the Corvette and other GM cars go to their web page at www.LGMotorsports.com .

For additional information about the SPEED World Challenge Series go to their web page at www.World-Challenge.com .

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