Paul Edwards Qualifies No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Chevy Camaro on Pole at Barber Motorsports Park
LEEDS, Alabama, March 30, 2012 – Following what felt like an eternity away from racing after the season opening Rolex 24 Hours, GRAND-AM teams return to racing at Barber Motorsports park this weekend for round two of Rolex Series action. Excited to be back to racing after nearly two months, the team, car and drivers were well prepared to tackle the 17 turns of the 2.3 mile Barber Motorsports course in Leeds, Alabama.
“We have had such a long time off since Daytona, I think everyone is anxious to get the season started up again,” said Jordan Taylor. “All the guys at the shop and the engineers have been doing a lot of work on the Camaro for Barber, and I think we are very well prepared for this weekend. I am looking forward to teaming up with Paul for our first sprint race together, it should be a good race.”
After a strong initial practice on Thursday that had the team atop the GT class, Paul Edwards had an off track incident in this morning’s practice that damaged the splitter and nose of the No. 88. “It’s one of those scenarios you wish would never happen; you hear stories about guys that go off on their in or their out lap… and today I was one of those statistics. The guys pulled together really strong for qualifying,” explained Edwards. “I’m really proud of the team for pulling through from my mistake.”
With less than two hours until qualifying the team worked diligently to replace the front end of the Chevrolet Camaro. Preparation and teamwork had them ready to go with 30 minutes to spare.
Following an early black flag that interrupted the first GT flyer, cars resumed with the pressure on to run a fast lap before time expired. After the restart, Edwards waited patiently for clear track before turning his pole setting time of a 1:30.762 on his first full lap. Satisfied with the time, the team sat out the remainder of the session and managed to hold on to the top spot, with Edwards earning his 8th career pole for Saturday’s race.
“I was glad to put it on pole to somewhat numb the pain from the damage. It’s a really important day today for the team, for Chevy, for the Camaros. It’s kind of the start of the year in some ways, a lot of people feel after Daytona being such a big race and having such a long break, its like a rebirth of the year, and it’s really cool to start on the pole tomorrow.”