Skip Barber National Finale: Oleen, Taylor take Poles

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

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Jeff Oleen was the only driver to successfully time two perfect drafts — one on the front straight, then one on the backside — and took the pole for race one by almost half-a second over second-quick Beau Debard.

Skip Barber National,
Friday Qualifying 1 for Saturday Race 1 at VIR,
Round 13 of 14, supporting the Grand-Am KONI Challenge
3.27-mile, 17-turn road course

1. Jeff Oleen, 2:10.813
2. Beau Debard, 2:11.274
3. Joel Miller, 2:11.304
4. Juan Pablo Contreras, 2:11.495
5. Fabio Orsolon, 2:11.661
6. Ricky Taylor 2:11.670
7. Stevan McAleer, 2:11.809
8. Conor Daly, 2:12.306
9. A.J. Riley, 2:12.310
10. Timmy Megenbier, 2:12.323
11. Jonathan Gore, 2:12.394
12. Kyle Lawrence, 2:12.589
13. Josef Newgarden, 2:12.606
14. Lee Carpentier, 2:12.689
15. Dick Lippert (M), 2:12.777
16. Julien Gerbi, 2:13.455
17. Jeff Kaiser (M), 2:13.694
18. Dom Bastien (M), 2:14.324

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Ricky Taylor again showed that he was the pole king this year. His 2:09.550 beat Fabio Orsolon’s 2:09.923 in qualifying for the second race of the weekend. It was Taylor’s fifth pole of the year. Next b est is Josef Newgarden, with three.

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For race two, young Brazilian Fabio Orsolon qualified on the front row for the first time this year. A start from fourth (Miller) and fifth (VIR, in April) had been his best up to this point.

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Conor Daly is making his first Skip Barber National start since Cleveland, back in June. He qualified an impressive third for race two.

Skip Barber National,
Saturday Qualifying 2 for Sunday Race 2 at VIR,
Round 13 of 14, supporting the Grand-Am KONI Challenge
3.27-mile, 17-turn road course

1. Ricky Taylor 2:09.550
2. Fabio Orsolon, 2:09.923
3. Conor Daly, 2:10.213
4. Stevan McAleer, 2:10.286
5. Jeff Oleen, 2:10.388
6. A.J. Riley, 2:10.439
7. Josef Newgarden, 2:10.613
8. Beau Debard, 2:10.693
9. Kyle Lawrence, 2:10.761
10. Timmy Megenbier, 2:10.874
11. Jonathan Gore, 2:11.154
12. Julien Gerbi, 2:11.196
13. Joel Miller, 2:11.199
14. Juan Pablo Contreras, 2:11.261
15. Jeff Kaiser (M), 2:11.388
16. Lee Carpentier, 2:11.721
17. Dick Lippert (M), 2:12.491
18. Dom Bastien (M), 2:13.817

Rick Roso

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