Pat Jennings, Sportscar series reporter
Jon Fogarty captured the pole for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami, lapping the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead-Miami Speedway road course in a time of 1:13.655. Fogarty has two poles at Homestead in the last three years.
"We were really close last year, and we have been capable of turning quick times here, but I am encouraged by some of the longer runs we did in the previous practice session," said Fogarty after his 17th career Rolex Series pole. "We were able to maintain a pretty good pace on old tires. We want to put the whole package together and I think we are coming close this weekend. We are in a good position tomorrow, starting up front, and we didn't put too may laps on our qualifying tires."
We want to put the whole package together and I think we are coming close this weekend
Memo Rojas, driving the Ganassi BMW Riley, qualified second, less than two tenths of a second behind Fogarty's Chevrolet Riley. The Spirit of Daytona Chevrolet Coyote of Paul Edwards, the only other driver to crack the 1:14 barrier, ended up third.
The SunTrust Racing Chevrolet Dallara and the Doran Racing Ford Dallara will start fourth and fifth, respectively, followed by the fastest of the two Action Express Racing Porsche Rileys, the AIM Autosport BMW Riley, the United Autosports with Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley, and the Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley.
The top seven Daytona Prototypes were separated by less than one second. Thirteen Daytona Prototypes recorded qualifying times .
In the GT class, Jan Magnussen set the fastest time in the Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, with a lap of 1:19.772. The Dane handed the team their first pole in the Rolex series GT class and it was the first one for the Camaro GT.R.
Boris Said was second fastest in the brand-new No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette, recording a lap of 1:20.301. Mazda RX-8s qualified third, fourth, and fifth, and the only BMW M3 in the race will start sixth.
Saturday's race will take the green flag at noon ET and will be broadcast live on SPEED.