Pole Position Start for Hand, Pruett at COTA

by Jake Kilshaw

Qualifying for the 2015 Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas resulted in success for Chip Ganassi Racing, thanks to a 1:58.441 from Scott Pruett. He and team-mate Joey Hand will start from pole position on Saturday afternoon.

Joining the the sole Ford EcoBoost Riley DP on the front row is the Ligier JS P2 – HPD of Michael Shank Racing, driven by John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr., which features a special Justin Wilson tribute livery this weekend.

Positions three through six are held by the Corvette DPs. The first of these is the #5 Action Express Racing entry, with the sister #31 car in fifth. Between them is Wayne Taylor Racing, whilst VisitFlorida.com Racing starts from sixth. Behind the DeltaWing in seventh are the two SpeedSource Mazda Prototypes, the #70 ahead of the #07.

Prototype Challenge was led by Bruno Junquiera and Chris Cumming in their #11 RSR Racing ORECA FLM09, in front of the #85 JDC/Miller Motorsports car, who set a time 0.475 seconds slower than Cumming’s 2:02.222.

Our front in GT Le Mans is the Porsche North America #911 team of Nick Tandy (who misses this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at the same circuit) and Patrick Pilet, the latter setting a 2:04.396. Behind them is the #25 BMW Team RLL Z4, in front of the other #912 Porsche.

GT Daytona is set to be led from the line by the #48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS of Dion von Moltke, who recorded a 2:11.097, and Christopher Haase. Behind them is the #33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3R. Championship leader Christina Nielsen will start from fourth with co-driver Kuno Wittmer.

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