Skip Barber National at NJMP: Qualifying 1

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Court Vernon took the pole for NJMP’s race one with a lap of 1:29.656.

MILLVILLE, N.J. (June 13) – Close? Try 16 drivers within 1 second of each other, from the pole time of Court Vernon at 1:29.656 to 16th-quick Julian Albarracin’s 1:30.698. That was qualifying for the first of two races at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the 2009 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda. NJMP’s Thunderbolt track, 2.170 miles long and bit more seasoned as compared to its opening last year, seems tailor-made for the SBF2000 Skip Barber cars – and the drivers took full advantage.

Vernon put in eight hot laps during the qualifier and it was on his last of those that he turned his 1:29.656. Stevan McAleer, on the other hand, went hot for 14 laps, with a best of 1:29.791 done on his fifth. It got him alongside Vernon for the race-one grid, a scant .004 ahead of Brett Smrz (1:29.795). Sean Rayhall, Kyle Marcelli and Connor De Phillippi rounded out the first three rows.

Saturday, June 13, starting grid for Saturday race one (round 5 of 14) following Q1
BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda
New Jersey Motorsport Park/Thunderbolt Raceway

1. Court Vernon, 1:29.656
2. Stevan McAleer, 1:29.791
3. Brett Smrz, 1:29.795
4. Sean Rayhall, 1:29.888
5. Kyle Marcelli, 1:29.909
6. Connor De Phillippi, 1:29.980
7. Sage Karam, 1:30.040
8. Jason Toft, 1:30.147
9. Felipe Polehtto, 1:30.230
10. Michael Dorrbecker, 1:30.258
11. Robert LaRocca, 1:30.554
12. Dennis Trebing, 1:30.605
13. Corey Lewis, 1:30.615
14. Michael Vincec, 1:30.635
15. Isaac Lyons, 1:30.658
16. Julian Albarracin, 1:30.698
17. Ian Costa, 1:30.910
18. Ashley Freiberg, 1:31.297
19. Arrie Maree, 1:31.425
20. Michael Ramies, 1:31.555
21. Carlos Linares, 1:31.584

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Hoping to turn his season around is Stevan McAleer. Starting on the front row alongside Vernon is a good, um, start…

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Doing double-duty is Brett Smrz, who’s also racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup this year. He’s starting third in SBN’s race one.

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Sean Rayhall qualified fourth. He won one of the two races here at NJMP last year.

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Rookie Kyle Marcelli is also racing two series this weekend: Skip Barber National and IMSA Lites. He’ll start fifth in SBN race one.

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Points leader Connor De Phillippi (#58) qualified sixth, albeit just three-tenths off Vernon’s pace.

Rick Roso; photos by Rick Roso & Greg Clark

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