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Audi secures second starting position in qualifying thriller

ALMS 2001
Tom Kristensen in the #1 Infineon Audi R8

Spectators along Portland International Raceway will find a rather unusual picture on Sunday: For the first time in almost 15 months there is not an Audi at the front of the starting grid. After a qualifying thriller for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) round at Portland, Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen had to relinquish pole position to the fastest Panoz. Team mates Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro in the companion Infineon Audi R8 will start the race from third place.

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