05.23.10 _ Herr Puts Irish Mike’s VW Jetta on Pole for race 2 at Mosport World Challenge Weekend

05.23.10 Mosport, CA: Chip Herr, of Lilitz, Pa claimed the pole position for the second World Challenge Championships race of the Victoria Day Speedfest presented by Optima Batteries weekend at Mosport International Raceway for Round Five in the 12-race championship.

The Touring Car class is also set up for a close race, with the top five drivers separated by 0.541-second.

Herr, Saturday’s race winner in the No. 50 Irish Mike’s Racing Volkswagen Jetta GLI, will start on pole after posting a lap of 1:36.089 (92.172 mph) on his third of four laps in the 20-minute session.

“The car is great,” Herr said. “I learned a lot doing the full race yesterday, seeing how the tires react when they get warm. Mike [Flynn] and the team have been great. They know a lot from running these cars in Grand-Am, but this is a whole different tire to learn. The car handles great and feels good.

“This is big for Irish Mike’s and for Volkswagen in the Manufacturers’ Championship. Special thanks to Powerflex Bushings and Summit Financial Partners to help us get here this weekend.”

Starting alongside Herr on the front row is Robert Stout, of Brownsburg, Ind., who turned a lap of 1:36.333 (91.894 mph) in the No. 18 DG-Spec/Scion/TRD/Lucas Oil Scion tC to finish 0.244-second behind Herr.

Row two belongs to a pair of Volkswagens, with Robb Holland, of Denver, Colo., starting third after posting a time of 1:36.516 (91.720 mph) in the No. 22 Track Pro/Emich VW Volkswagen GTI. Greg Shaffer, of Harrisonburg, Va., missed the third spot by 0.011-second after a lap of 1:36.527 (91.709 mph) in the No. 49 Irish Mike’s Racing Volkswagen Jetta GLI to start fourth.

Race one runner-up Tom Lepper, of Benecia, Calif., will start fifth in Touring Car in the No. 36 DG-Spec/Scion/TRD/Lepper & Associates Scion tC after posting a best time of 1:36.630 (91.611 mph).

The World Challenge Championships Round Five takes place at Mosport Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. (EDT).

For more information, please visit www.world-challenge.com

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