Fogarty Grabs Pole at Homestead
March 4, 2011 | 5:20 P.M. EST
Fogarty captured his Daytona Prototype record-extending 17th career pole position. (Photo: Grand-Am)
Jon Fogarty took a first step towards GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing's goal of changing its luck at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, capturing the pole position for Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami.
The race will be broadcast on MotorRacingNetwork.com starting at 11:45 a.m. ET.
Coming out on top of a highly competitive qualifying session, Fogarty captured his Daytona Prototype record-extending 17th career pole position with a lap of 1:13.655 (112.416 mph) in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet/Riley co-driven by Alex Gurney.
He will be joined on the front row by Memo Rojas, who is seeking his fifth consecutive GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley co-driven by Scott Pruett.
The top seven DPs were separated by less than one second; the top six DPs all featured different engine-chassis combinations.
"We want to put this place to rest - we want to win here - and this is a good start," Fogarty said. "Our engineers made a few good calls between our last practice and now, and I think we have a good race car."
Rojas was second-quickest, running a lap of 1:13.838 (112.137 mph), followed by Paul Edwards in the No. 99 Spirit of Daytona Chevrolet/Coyote (112.061 mph), Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara (111.801 mph) and Brian Frisselle in the No. 77 Office Depot Ford/Dallara (111.635 mph).
In GT qualifying, Jan Magnussen gave both Stevenson Motorsports and the Chevrolet Camaro their first pole position in the class. The Dane ran a lap of 1:19.772 (103.796 mph) in the No. 57 Camaro co-driven by Robin Liddell.
Boris Said qualified second in a brand-new No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette with a lap of 1:20.301 (103.112 mph).