Pruett Clinches Sahlen’s Six Hours Pole For Chip Ganassi

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Pruett and Ganassi wil hope pole can turn to victory in the Rolex Series' second longest race (Photo Credit: Grand-Am)

Just a week after scoring their first race win of the season from a pole position gifted them by the weather at Road America Scott Pruett gave Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates pole position once again for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

Muliple Rolex Series champions Pruett, who shares the BMW-Riley with Memo Rojas was on the pace from the very start of the 15 minute qualifying session at Watkins Glen International. He initially took provisional pole, beating Corvette DP drivers Joao Barbosa and Jon Fogarty, only lapping two-thousandths quicker than Fogarty in the GAINSCO backed #99.

Pruett then to contend with two more of the Chevrolet teams. Max Angelelli briefly took the top spot for 2011 pole-sitters SunTrust Racing before Pruett, and then Antonia Garcia – in Spirit of Daytona Racing's Corvette DP went faster still as time improved around the 3.4 mile course at the former US Grand Prix venue.

Pruett and Garcia – already a two time winner in the Rolex Series this year – exchanged the top times as the battle for pole became a duel rather than a melee – the other Corvette's now battling for the second row at best.

Garcia's improvements stopped at 1:41.599, but two minutes from the end Pruett pulled out a final lap (1:41.309) to take pole position by nearly three tenths of a second. Behind Garcia – who shares the car with Richard Westbrook – Barbosa will line up third for Action Express Racing, with Angelelli fourth.   

Alex Popow was the best of the Ford-Riley's in fifth for Starworks Motorsport, out qualifying early pace setter Fogarty. Popow will start the race joint second in the drivers' standings of the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) thanks to his role in the second placed car in January's Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Michael Shank Racing team that leads the NAEC standings after victory at Daytona could only muster eighth fastest despite John Pew cleaving two seconds from his previous fastest of the weekend.

In contrast to the battle in DP Jordan Taylor only had himself to beat to take pole position in the GT class for Stevenson Motorsports in his first event with the team – his regular Autohaus Motorsports teammates absent this weekend. Taylor, the most recent recruit to Corvette Racing's Le Mans program shares the #75 Camaro with Ronnie Bremer and Matt Bell.

Taylor was challenged early on by Robin Liddell in the sister Stevenson Camaro, but the Scotsman chances of pole position ended with a trip through the gravel trap courtesy of a flat tyre. Instead of a possible Camaro 1-2 it will be the APR Motorsport Audi R8 of Frank Stippler and Marc Basseng that will start from the second slot on the front row with points' leaders Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal qualified third, Anthony Lazzaro completing the AIM Autosport Ferrari team.

Roles 24 GT winners Magnus Racing – with drivers John Potter, Andy Lally and Patrick Long – will start from a lowly 15th in class, deep in the super-competitive GT field.

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