WHERE TO START AT MOSPORT? Pole-position starts haven't necessarily meant success when the American Le Mans Series has visited Mosport International Raceway. Of 26 pole starts in eight years of the Mobil 1 presents Grand...
WHERE TO START AT MOSPORT?
Pole-position starts haven't necessarily meant success when the American Le Mans Series has visited Mosport International Raceway. Of 26 pole starts in eight years of the Mobil 1 presents Grand Prix of Mosport, only 10 times has the class-winning entrant started from the first position on the grid.
That was especially true in the first five years of the annual race just outside of Toronto. In 2000 and 2001, there were no winners from pole position; in 1999 (Jan Magnussen for Panoz), 2000 (Randy Pobst for Alex Job Racing) and 2003 (Jörg Bergmeister for AJR), only one pole-winning car made it to Victory Circle each season. It was the same in 2005 when Clint Field helped take Intersport Racing to victory in P2 after winning pole position.
Two of the last three years have been friendlier to pole-winners. In 2004 James Weaver (P1), Oliver Gavin (GTS) and Field (P2) all went on to win their classes. Rain cancelled qualifying last year but three class winners started first: Romain Dumas/Lucas Luhr (P2), Pedro Lamy/Stephane Sarrazin (GT1) and Stephane Ortelli/Johnny Mowlem (GT2).
It also isn't unheard of coming from the back of the pack to win at Mosport. In 1999, Dirk Muller and Cort Wagner started 10th in GT but drove to a two-lap victory. Two years later, JJ Lehto and Jörg Muller came from ninth-place in GT to win in a factory BMW M3.
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport from Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The race will start at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 26 and will be broadcast live on SPEED. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing and Scoring will be available at americanlemans.com.