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Banner Pontiac GXP.R On Pole At Barber Collins On Pole, Reese To Start Second Kelly Collins drove his No. 07 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R to pole position for tomorrow's running of the Bradley Arant 250 Presented by Porsche at ...

Banner Pontiac GXP.R On Pole At Barber
Collins On Pole, Reese To Start Second

Kelly Collins drove his No. 07 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R to pole position for tomorrow's running of the Bradley Arant 250 Presented by Porsche at Barber Motorsport Park. Collins shares the 07 with teammate Paul Edwards and together they have four pole positions on the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve GT season.

Collins will not be alone on the front row, teammate Leighton Reese in the No. 06 Banner Pontiac GT qualified second and will start along side his teammate. Collins put in a time of 1:29.513, Reese was right behind with a 1:29.738.

"We have a well balanced fast car this weekend," Collins said. "We went back to the setup we had on the car this morning. It was a slight sway-bar change, but enough to put uas at the top for the pole position. The tires seem to go off fast here, we thought they would at Iowa, but they do here. You really only have two or three laps to get it right in qualifying. Paul and I now need to win one of these, especially after our dnf at Iowa last week."

Leighton Reese and Tim Lewis Jr. share the 06 Banner GXP.R. The duo have one win this season already at Lime Rock and are hungry for another.

"Another one-two for Banner on the grid," Reese said. "The last time this happened it was at Lime Rock where Tim and I won. I wanted to beat Kelly for the pole, but couldn't eeck out that last little bit. A one-two is what we strive for and we have another one. I hope we have a good race car for the long runs, that will be important tomorrow running in the heat of the day with near 100-degree temperatures."

In the No. 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R new recruit Eric Lux put in a time of 1:30.439 good for a third row starting position. Lux was recruited to join Drew Staveley in the 30 when the original driver, John Faulkner, sustained a knee injury yesterday.

"I had more left in the car," said Lux. "I kept catching traffic in the wrong places. The team has done a great job to get me up to speed. I am used to driving a Porsche and the GXP.R is just a different animal. The data from Drew and with the help of Jon Marachi and his guys, the transition was easier than I thought. They really turn out a nice car. The podium is within our sites, it is an awesome car!"

The Rolex Series GT race will take the green flag at 4:00 p.m. EDT tomorrow and will be televised live on the SPEED Channel.

-credit: gm racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , John Faulkner , Kelly Collins , Leighton Reese , Tim Lewis , Eric Lux
Teams Racers Edge Motorsports