Jordan Taylor Gives New Points Leaders Mid-Ohio Pole

Wayne Taylor Racing crashed out of the lead on the Rolex Series' Detroit Debut (Credit: Grand-Am)

Brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor locked out the front row of the grid for the Rolex Series’ race at Mid-Ohio.

The brothers were the vanguard of a top five filled by Corvette DP, their Wayne Taylor Racing and Spirit of Daytona Racing entries followed by Action Express Racing’s pair of cars sandwiching Bob Stallings Racing’s Red Dragon.

For the Wayne Taylor Racing team that took the points lead after victory in the previous round Jordan Taylor, the younger of the brothers, won the pole, his second consecutive qualifying topping performance after leading time trials at Detroit. His time (1:16.947) was only just faster than his brother’s effort (1:17.001) in the car he shares with Richard Westbrook, one of a number of drivers in action who will be part of the 90th anniversary 24 Hours of Le Mans next week.

Christian Fittipaldi qualified third in the best of the Action Express entries, Jon Fogarty joining him on the second row of the grid.

Starworks Motorsport were the best of the Rileys in sixth as the top nine were covered by less than a second.

On the back of three consecutive class wins John Edwards gave Stevenson Motorsports pole position to start the two hour, 45 minute race. In the Chevrolet Camaro he shares with Robin Liddell he was three tenths faster than Eric Curran in the Marsh Racing Corvette.

As has become the pattern of the season the General Motors duo were chased by a trio of Ferrari 458 led by Anthony Lazzaro in the AIM Autosport Team FXDD. The second of AIM’s two cars, shared by Jeff Segal and Max Papis followed in fourth with Scuderia Corsa fifth. All five were under the track record for the class set three years ago by Jordan Taylor.

Tom Long gave the Mazda 6 he shares with Sylvain Tremblay pole in the GX class.