Fogarty Grabs GRAND-AM Pole
March 1, 2013 | 6:50 P.M. EST
Jon Fogarty will start Saturday's inaugural GRAND-AM of The Americas from the pole after leading the way in Friday's qualifying session in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Brian Cleary)
AUSTIN, Texas - Jon Fogarty will start the inaugural GRAND-AM of The Americas from the pole position after setting the pace in Friday's qualifying session.
Fogarty steered his GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP around the 3.4-mile, 20-turn Circuit of The Americas layout at 101.848 miles per hour and will share the front row with Jordan Taylor, who was second-fastest at 101.797 mph in his Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette. Series points leader Memo Rojas, Burt Frisselle and Ricky Taylor completed the top five.
For Fogarty, it's his 24th career pole, a series record. His co-driver, Alex Gurney, was quickest in Friday’s opening practice.
Fogarty finished the 15-minute qualifying session just .06 seconds clear of Taylor. Both laps were fast enough to move Rojas from the top spot to No. 3 as the session came to an end.
Ferraris qualified one-two in the GT class. Alessandro Balzan won his second career pole at 94.997 mph in the No. 63 Scuderia Corse Ferrari 458. Max Papis qualified second. Balzan’s previous pole position came in last year’s round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Andrew Davis qualified third in GT driving the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3 Cup.
In the GX class, Dr. Jim Norman won his first career Rolex Series pole with a lap of 86.391 mph in the No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman.
Motor Racing Network will have live coverage of Saturday's GRAND-AM of The Americas Presented by GAINSCO and TOTAL, the second round of this year's Rolex Sports Car Series, beginning at 3:45 p.m. (ET) with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.