Fogarty nips Pruett for Montreal pole

In today's qualifying round held in Montreal, Canada, it again was a question of Pontiac vs Lexus vs Porsche vs Ford. The top teams in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class were separated at the end of the session by 0.639 seconds from...

In today's qualifying round held in Montreal, Canada, it again was a question of Pontiac vs Lexus vs Porsche vs Ford. The top teams in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class were separated at the end of the session by 0.639 seconds from the pole winning Bob Stallings Racing team to fifth fastest SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara.

Pontiac took the honors when Jon Fogarty slammed home a laptime of 1:32.235 for a one lap speed at 105.734 miles per hour in the Gainsco Riley. It was the third consecutive pole for the Californian and his fourth of the year.

Sitting second in the points and hoping to take over the top spot in the standings at the end of Saturday's race on the famous 2.709-mile Formula One Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, will be Fogarty and teammate Alex Gurney for the Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley. Starting on the front row is their main rivals for the Chip Ganassi Racing team.

Fogarty just edged Scott Pruett by 0.012 seconds to snag his 12th career pole in the series, tying him with Pruett one the all-time DP pole list. "Getting up to speed as quickly as possible and putting a lap in was the key," said Fogarty. "It was a little bit scrappy out there but there is more in the car, which is good to know."

Pruett's best was a 1:32.247 (105.720 mph) in the CGR Lexus Riley he shares with Memo Rojas. The duo have notched two wins this year hold only a four point advantage in the championship standings.

"I couldn't get a rhythm going, and then the red flag came out," Pruett said. "There's a big question mark with the weather, and Memo and I are both fast in the rain. He seems to be a little tidier, and we want to do what we need to in order to win the championship."

Romain Dumas was third fastest with a 1:32.442 (105.497 mph) for the Penske Racing Porsche Riley team. Dumas and Timo Bernhard hope to take the victory on the French-Canadian circuit.

"The [Verizon Wireless Porsche] has been good all day," said the Frenchman. "We were on top of the speed chart for a while [during practice] today and really feel like we are in a good place. With good pit strategy, we will see. This could be a very good race for the Penske/Porsche team."

Their Porsche cohorts were 0.146 seconds off of Dumas' pace. Brumos Racing's Porsche Riley will start on the second row after David Donohue turned a best lap at 1:32.588 (105.331 mph).

Brian Frisselle placed the SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara fifth on the grid with a fast lap of 1:32.874 (105.006 mph) that he shares with Max Angelelli.

The top three in the GT class was a stand-off between Porsche and Mazda. It was the Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 of Leh Keen and Dirk Werner that took the GT pole honors. Keen's flying lap was clocked at 1:39.339 (98.172 mph) to notch the pole by only 0.063 seconds.

"We really concentrated on the pole today," said Keen who landed a new GT class track record. "With rain predicted, up front is the best place to start. If it is dry, it will be better for the crew and the spectators. In our situation with the championship, we'd prefer a dry race. That would eliminate some of the things that could happen behind us. I'll tell you after the race if I wanted it to rain or not."

Tom Sutherland placed second fastest in the class with a 1:39.402 (98.110 mph). Racers Edge Motorpsorts' Dane Cameron and Sutherland are the youngest of the driver pairings for this weekend's event.

In the SpeedSource Mazda RX-8, Nick Ham turned a fast lap at 1:40.054 (97.471 mph) Ham and his teammate Sylvain Tremblay will start from third. This is the home race for the SpeedSource owner/driver Tremblay.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Jon Fogarty , Scott Pruett , David Donohue , Gilles Villeneuve , Timo Bernhard , Sylvain Tremblay , Memo Rojas , Romain Dumas , Chip Ganassi , Nick Ham , Lehman Keen , Brian Frisselle , Bob Stallings , Tom Sutherland , Dane Cameron
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Team Penske , SpeedSource