INDIANAPOLIS – Jordan Taylor put the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype on the pole for Friday’s three-hour Brickyard Grand Prix for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is the third consecutive number one starting position for Taylor, and his eighth career pole in Rolex competition.
In the Grand Touring Class, Boris Said and Robin Liddell made it an all-Chevrolet front row with Said taking the pole position in the No. 31 Marsh Racing GT Corvette. Liddell is the co-driver of the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R.
Team Chevy drivers captured three of the top-five starting positions with Christian Fittapaldi, No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP will start fourth and Stephane Sarrazin qualified the No. 3 8Star Motorsports Corvette DP in the fifth starting position.
Matt Bell, No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R, was the fastest for Team Chevy in the Grand Sport class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
The 2 hour, 30 minute Brickyard Sports Car Challenge is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 26 followed by the start of the Brickyard Grand Prix at 5:30 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage is available from MRN Radio on GRAND-AM.com live timing and scoring.
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 10 VELOCITY WORLDWIDE CHEVROLET CORVETTE DP – POLE SITTER
TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN: “It was obviously good. We didn’t start off that strong I don’t think, kind of trying different things. The Indy track there is a very long front straight obviously and then a very technical section so you can either go high downforce or low downforce and we tried a few things in practice to figure out what we wanted.
I think a lot of guys were trying different things. I think we were not even in the top 10 in a couple sessions. We were, I think, a little worried, probably looked pretty bad, but we knew once we got in qualifying mode we would have a good car and obviously we did. Happy to be on the pole.”
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO WIN THE POLE AT INDIANAPOLIS? “It’s not an Indy 500 pole, but it’s definitely cool obviously Indianapolis when you think of motorsports in any form you think of Indy and Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans, all these big names. Taking a pole in the overall class in GRAND-AM is awesome. I had pole at Detroit which is pretty cool on a street course and now Indy. I qualified second at Daytona twice so I think I need to nail that one down next.”
BORIS SAID, NO. 31 WHELEN MARSH RACING CORVETTE – GRAND TOURING (GT) - POLE SITTER TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN: “Indy is a special place. I have raced all over the world and there is only a handful of tracks that, I came back here in 2006 and made the Brickyard 400. When you sit on the front straightaway when the cars are gridded up or you are looking at the crowd, you are thinking of the history here, it’s just kind of a magical place.
It’s one of those few tracks that just makes the hair on your arms stand up straight when you start looking at all this and the history. So, for the GRAND-AM, I will speak for all of these road racer that get to come here and run on these hollowed grounds it’s a special day. Really just adds a cherry on top of the sundae to be able to get the pole in our Whelen Corvette. We were fast when we unloaded and hopefully we will be fast in the race.”
YOU WILL BE MOVING UP TO THE DAYTONA PROTOTYPE (DP) RANKS NEXT YEAR, BUT THE TEAM OBVIOUSLY STILL PUTTING A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON THE GT PROGRAM: “Yeah, we are not even really thinking about the DP car yet. We are just trying to win races for the whole Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Whelen engineering. Once they roll that DP car out whenever later in the year we will worry about that car. Right now we just want to try to get this Corvette in the Winner’s Circle.”