First career GS pole for Buford; Ellis takes top spot in ST on last-lap flier
DAYTONA BEACH – Jade Buford and Ryan Ellis will open their respective 2013 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge seasons in style, by starting from their class pole positions in Friday’s BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway.
“This shows a lot of the hard work from the team from over the offseason,” said Buford, who co-drives with Scott Maxwell. “That showed when we were fast right after unloading off the truck. This is GRAND-AM, so you never know how tomorrow’s race is going to go. It could be crazy – so it’s not bad to be up front.”
Jack Roush Jr., part of last year’s winning team in GS, qualified second at 1:56.831 (109.697 mph) in the No. 61 Roush Performance Mustang Boss 302R. Roush’s teammate, Joey Atterbury, qualified the No. 51 Mustang third in class at 1:57.037 (109.504 mph).
Ellis may want to think of relocating to Daytona Beach after Thursday. The Ashburn, Va., driver earned his second career Street Tuner (ST) pole position at Daytona in three years. His time of 2:06.109 (101.626 mph) in i-Moto Racing’s Mazdaspeed 3 came on his final lap.
Tyler Cooke was second in ST qualifying with a lap of 2:06.159 (101.586 mph), driving the No. 81 BMW 328i for BimmerWorld Racing. Rookie Mikey Taylor just missed the pole in his Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge debut after leading the majority of the session. He finished third in qualifying at 2:06.391 (101.400 mph) in the No. 171 APR Motorsports Volkswagen Jetta.
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