Qualifying Report: Grand-Am at Circuit of the Americas

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

With just seconds remaining in the Grand-Am Rolex Series DP qualifying session on Friday at Circuit of the Americas, Jon Fogarty put the #99 “Red Dragon” GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette on the pole for Saturday’s inaugural race with a lap time of 2:00.179.

Fogarty worked his way through the field during the qualifying session and moved from seventh to second place by the forth lap of the qualifying session. It wasn’t until the seventh and final lap, however, that Fogarty stripped the provisional pole time of 2:00.5 from Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP.  Memo Rojas, driving the Chip Ganassi Racing Telmex BMW Riley DP, will start in the third position for Saturday’s race.

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

In Rolex GT, the top times were dominated by Ferrari teams with Alessandro Balzan taking pole position in the #63 Motorola Mobility Ferrari 458 with a lap time of 2:08.846.  Starting alongside Balzan on the front row is the #61 Ferrari of Ontario  458 driven by Max Papis and teammate Jeff Segal.  Papis drove the #61 Ferrari 458 to a lap time of 2:09.205.  Shockingly, no other GT teams on the grid broke the 2:10 mark.  The #59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3, #57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT-R and #31 Marsh Racing Corvette round out the top five in GT for Saturday’s race.

In the GX class, only three cars have entered with Dr. Jim Norman putting his #38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman on the pole.

The green flag drops for Saturday’s inaugural GRAND-AM of The Americas at 3pm central time with TV coverage beginning on SPEED at 4:30pm central.

 

 

 

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