Records Slashed In Barber Qualifying Session


Fogarty claimed pole for the second consecutive race with a new track record (Photo Credit: Grand-Am)

Chevrolet teams dominated qualifying for the Rolex Series Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park, with Corvette DP teams leading the way by claiming the top three spots from the session.

For the second race running – following last month’s race at the Circuit of the Americas – it was Jon Fogarty and the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team who set the best time amongst the Daytona Prototype teams to claim overall pole of Saturday’s race. And just like the race at Texas Fogarty waited until the final moments of the session.

Fogarty – who also won the COTA event with co-driver Alex Gurney – broke the track record with his pole lap of 1:18.949 but was only two tenths faster than Ricky Taylor qualifying for defending race and pole winners Spirit of Daytona Racing.

Fogarty, Ricky and younger brother Jordan Taylor – driving for Wayne Taylor Racing – swapped the lead between then in the 15 minute session and all three men ended the session below the elder Taylor’s previous track record, set three years ago.

Fourth on the grid – completing the second row alongside Jordan Taylor – went to Memo Rojas, the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver the best of the Rileys in the BMW powered #01.

Michael Shank Racing’s Gustavo Yacaman will start the #6 Ford-Riley from sixth place, sandwiched between the Action Express Racing Corvette DPs qualified by Brian and Burt Frisselle.

Chevrolet’s stranglehold on qualifying continued in GT with bow tie models in both first and second, with records falling in a similar fashion to those at the front of the field.

John Edwards was the fastest man in class in the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro he shared with Robin Liddell. Both Edwards’ lap of 1:26.610 and Boris Said’s 1:26.677 in the Marsh Racing Corvette were under Jonathan Bomarito’s 2010 class lap record. Patrick Lindsey qualified third in the #73 Park Place Motorsports, albeit with a best lap nearly a second slower than the GM pairing who will lead the class to the green flag.

With no record to surpass Tom Long guaranteed the series 2013 visit to Barber a clean sweep in the record books with his 1:32.036 the first pole at the track in the GX class, his lap also the first for the Mazda 6 in the class after the two previous races were led by the Porsche Cayman teams.