BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jon Fogarty extended his record as the all-time pole winner in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series competition today with a track-record lap of 104.878 mph/1 minute, 18.949 seconds in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP).
It was Fogarty’s 25th career pole; his third pole at Barber Motorsports Park and the fourth for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing at the 2.3-mile circuit. Co-driver Alex Gurney won his first career pole at Barber in 2005.
Team Chevy drivers captured the top-three starting positions for Saturday’s 2-hour race, the third of the 12-event 2013 season. Ricky Taylor in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP co-driven by Richard Westbrook, was second with a lap of 104.623 mph/1:19.141. Jordan Taylor took third in the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP he shares with Max Angelelli, with a lap of 104.552 mph/1:19.195.
It will also be an all-Chevrolet front row in the Rolex Series Grand Touring (GT) class as John Edwards captured his sixth career pole. Edwards also put together a track-record setting effort by running a lap of 95.60 mph/1:26.610 in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R. Boris Said qualified second in the No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette, running a lap of 95.527 mph/1:26.677
In the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series, Eric Curran qualified the No. 01 CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R in fourth place on the grid; and Matt Bell put the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R in the seventh starting position.