TEAM NEWS: LGM Corvettes qualify 9th and 20th as Peterson has a clean session while Gigliotti does not

Photo by John Thawley Toronto Ontario Canada (July 7, 2007): Lou Gigliotti of Dallas Texas had to rely on his out lap as his LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevy Corvette brushed the cement wall on his first flying lap during qualifying today and failed to complete a lap at speed. Doug Peterson of Bonita Springs Florida continually improved his times during the session eventually moving up to 9th on the grid in his Urban Assault – The Movie Chevy Corvette.

“I had a little too much rear bias in the brakes so when I got on the brakes at the end of the long straight the rear-end stepped out and I brushed the wall,” Gigliotti said of his all too short qualifying run. “At first I was happy to have brushed the wall because it straightened the car out. But the contact had peeled the wheel back so when I drove through turn 3 the tire was pushed off the rim and I spun out.”

Lou’s #28 Corvette was left stranded and immobile in the middle of the track in the hairpin turn which prompted officials to red flag of the session to clear Gigliotti’s Corvette off the track.

“I didn’t think we would win the pole or anything from those Porsches or Cadillacs but this is a crying shame because I am going to start last in the race and it is going to be brutal trying to pass all of those cars on this track,” Gigliotti said of his 20th place starting position! “Where am I going? I am going to have to try to survive the opening laps and take it from there!”

“I think that the Corvettes with the REWARDS weight and everything are pretty hard to get around here.” Peterson said of his qualifying run. “It is tough to do something with all of those Porsches and Cadillacs. Eric Curran (driver of the Whelen Corvette and winner of two races this season) qualified 7th so I am right behind him in 9th so I am satisfied with that!

“We had made some changes to the setup and we are probably going to make more for the race. We made radical changes for qualifying and half of them worked. Sometimes you never know. I think my Corvette will be reasonable for the race.”

Doug Peterson turned in his best lap of 1:17.049 on his final qualifying lap.

“This is a pretty tricky track to drive on and a little spooky,” Doug said of his first trip to the cement lined street course on the shores of Lake Ontario. “I only got in 5 or 6 laps yesterday and 5 or 6 today so I am still learning the track.”

Lou Gigliotti and Doug Peterson will take on the rest of the SPEED World Challenge GT competition as Round 6 of the SCCA Pro Racing’s SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series is set to take to the Toronto streets on Sunday July 8th at 5:25 PM Eastern Time.

The race will be broadcast on a tape delay basis and shown on Saturday July 14th at noon Eastern Time on SPEED TV.

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