IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Road America pole goes to KOHR Motorsports Kyle Marcelli/Nate Stacy in GS and FASTMD Racing with Speed Syndicate James Vance/Max Faulkner in TCR
KOHR MOTORSPORTS ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE GT4 A FULL SECOND CLEAR OF SECOND PLACE IN GS WHERE THE TOP FOUR TCR WERE WITHIN HALF A SECOND
Kyle Marcelli’s teammate Nate Stacy was in charge of qualifying the #60 Aston Martin and came out with a great lap to confirm the pole for KOHR Motorsports with a pole time of 2:16.096.
“The lap was really good,” Stacy said. “Thanks to everyone at KohR Motorsports, they’ve been working all hours trying to make sure this car is as dialed in as possible. The lap was consistently smooth. The car feels good under power and it’s really good when you’re trying to fuel save or whatever the case may be. The car just tends to handle it really well. Whatever I’ve thrown at this thing, it tends to handle it. I couldn’t be happier with the car.”
Second place went to CarBahn with Perigrine Racing Audi R8 GT4 of McQuarrie/Westphall 1.003 second behind and third on the grid will be Canadian team Motorsports In Action McLaren 570S GT4 1.430 second off the pole time.
Toronto driver Scott Maxwell’ Multimatic Motorsports Inc. Ford Mustang GT4 will start form fifth on the grid.
In the TCR class, it was a whole other story as five cars ended up within half a second in the fight for pole.
At the end of the session, the pole went to FASTMD Racing with Speed Syndicate of Canadian James Vance and teammate Max Faulkner in the #23 Audi RS3 LMS TCR with a time of 2:21.358. Faulkner was at the wheel for this qualifying session.
“It’s been a really good weekend for us,” said Faulkner. “The FASTMD Racing guys have done a really good job. We rolled off the trailer strong yesterday and no problems at all. Big thanks to them and all the hard work they’ve put in. Big thanks to FASTMD. It feels really good to grab my first IMSA pole here at Road America and I can’t be more excited for the race.”
Second place went to JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi RS3 LMS TCR of Johnson/Simpson 0.002 of a second behind. In third, it will be the LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic TCR of Miller/Blackstock.
Mark Wilkins and teammate Harry Gottsacker will start in eight position for today’s race qualifying 1.713 seconds from pole.
The Road America 120 is scheduled to start at 4:45 this afternoon.
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