August 11, 2007
ELKHART LAKE, Wis.
Perera Blisters Champ Car Atlantic Track Record En Route to Road America Pole
French rookie Franck Perera (#11 CJ Motorsport/Everflux/Perfect Nutrition), who has led three of the four on-track sessions for the Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda at Road America, left little doubt who had the quickest car in final qualifying for Sunday's season-ending Generac Grand Prix (ESPN360.com, Live, 12:45 p.m. ET).
Perera threw down a blistering lap at 1:58.883 (122.581 mph) to shatter the day-old track record and claim his second pole position of his rookie season of Atlantic competition. It is the third consecutive and front-row starting spot for the Condor Motorsports driver and his sixth front-row start of the season. Perera is looking to extend his streak of podium results to eight in the Generac Grand Prix and would love to do it by taking his third victory of the season.
Perera's first victory came after starting from the pole position at Mont-Tremblant in July, and went on to win the following week's race at Toronto as well. He is also the only driver in the series to have finished inside the top five in every race this season.
FRANCK PERERA (#11 CJ Motorsport/Everflux/Perfect Nutrition) of Condor Motorsports: "In the beginning of the qualifying, I was really concerned that it was possible to get the (bonus) point (for setting the quickest time in the session), but not quicker than John (Edwards) yesterday. It was so windy and the speed was so bad in the straights. In the morning, we tried to improve a lot, and on new tires we were able to be quicker than yesterday. For sure, with different conditions, we could be much quicker. When I saw the time, I was a little bit surprised. Especially, at that point, the gap to the other drivers was huge. In the end, it's good to be on pole again for the last race here. I have to thank my sponsors, CJ Motorsport, Everflux and Perfect Nutrition for all of their support and also for sure the Condor Motorsports team. They've done a great job this season. I'm also ecstatic that my mother and father are here for the race this weekend."