Detroit Pole 'Taylor-Made'
May 31, 2013 | 5:24 P.M. EST
Jordan Taylor will start from the pole in Saturday's Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 in Detroit with Jon Fogarty alongside, giving Corvette a sweep of the front row. (Photo: Brian Cleary)
DETROIT - Jordan Taylor will start from the pole in Saturday's Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 Rolex Sports Car Series race on the Belle Isle street circuit.
He toured the 2.1-mile, 14-turn layout at a speed of 96.903 miles per hour in Friday's Daytona Prototype qualifying session, driving the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide/Toshiba Corvette for Wayne Taylor Racing. It's Taylor's first career DP pole.
Jon Fogarty was second-quick with a lap of 96.763 mph in his No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette, giving Chevrolet a front-row sweep.
"We weren't too confident going into qualifying and weren't in the top five in either (practice) session," Taylor said. "We made some big changes and something worked. The car was quick and consistent. It kept getting better during the session and I got a lap in without a mistake that was good enough for the pole.
"The start of qualifying was interesting, but everyone was in the same boat with a fully green track and only a little GT rubber down. It was fine once everyone got going, and got into a rhythm and their qualifying mode."
Three-time defending DP champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will start seventh in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing BMW-powered Riley. The No. 9 Action Express Racing team, which won the inaugural Detroit race last year, qualified ninth on Friday. The car is being co-driven in 2013 by Brian and Burt Frisselle.
In the GT class, Max Papis was the No. 1 qualifier with a lap of 89.271 mph in the No. 61 Ferrari 458 fielded by R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing. Tom Long will pace the GX field in his No. 70 Speedsource Mazda6 GX after posting a lap of 83.591 mph.
Notable by its absence from the GT paddock in Detroit is the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche of Andrew Davis and Leh Keen. Lack of sponsorship has sidelined one of the sport's most iconic racecars. The team had not missed a race since it debuted in the Rolex Series in 2003.
Motor Racing Network will have live coverage of Saturday's Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 from the Raceway at Belle Isle Park beginning at 12:15 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.