TEAM NEWS: Baas Qualifies Second Saturday For Sunday's SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race in Toronto

Photo by John Thawley TORONTO, Ontario, July 7 - Ian Baas saved the best for last, pulling out a

lap of 1:20.842 at the end to qualify second on Saturday afternoon for Sunday's

SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race on Canadian National Exhibition Place's

1.755-mile street circuit.

Baas ran a 1:21.621 early in the 22-minute qualifying session to top the

charts initially, but then dropped to seventh as others got up to speed.

Determined not to settle for seventh after being second in the first practice session,

the Noblesville, Ind.-based driver concentrated on the task at hand to turn

in the flyer on his 11th and final lap of the session.

Baas was only 0.241 of a second off Kuno Wittmer's pole-winning time. The

average speed of Baas' qualifying lap was 78.152 miles per hour for the

challenging course to the polesitter's 78.386 mph.

It was Baas' best qualifying result ever with the STaSIS Motorsport Audi A4

No. 18, which advertises Team Janica Racing, PFAFF, STaSIS, Clear Capital and

the not-for-profit group Baas helps, the Think First National Injury Prevention


Initially it appeared that Pierre Kleinubing had qualified second, but his

Acura didn't pass the post-qualifying technical inspection so his time was

thrown out and Baas got the other front-row spot for the standing start at 3:30

p.m. EDT tomorrow. Chip Herr, Baas' teammate, advanced to third in the 20-car


Sunday's race at Toronto will be broadcast on SPEED at 11 a.m. Eastern time

on Saturday, July 14.

Baas competes in both the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series and the

Rolex Series.

Baas competed in the Rolex Series race at Daytona Beach, Fla. on Thursday.

His next Rolex Series race is at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Sunday, July

15. It will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

He'll do double-duty July 19-22, competing in the Rolex Series GT race at

Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, July 21 (live on

SPEED at 4 p.m. Eastern) and the SPEED World Challenge race at the Mid-Ohio Sports

Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on Sunday, July 22 (tape-delayed on SPEED at 3

p.m. Eastern on Saturday, July 28).

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