Pruett puts CGR on pole at Mont-Tremblant

Pruett puts CGR on pole at Mont-Tremblant

Scott Pruett held nothing back during his qualifying run to give the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing No. 01 Lexus Riley its fourth pole this season. His time of 1:28.575 at the Mont-Tremblant road course was 0.152 seconds faster than the SunTrust ...

Scott Pruett held nothing back during his qualifying run to give the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing No. 01 Lexus Riley its fourth pole this season. His time of 1:28.575 at the Mont-Tremblant road course was 0.152 seconds faster than the SunTrust Racing's Max Angelelli best time.

#01 CGR Grand Am Lexus Riley: Scott Pruett, Max Papis.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
The Grand American Rolex Series 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant will showcase on Sunday one of the best endurance races in North America. The field will take the green and head into the tight right-hander that does not forgive even a simple error.

The top two Daytona Prototypes' fastest speed was over 107 miles per hour around the 2.65-mile circuit.

"Our fourth pole position in a row is very exciting, especially coming here for the first time," Pruett said. "Max (Papis) is the only driver in our car who has raced here before.

"This is a wonderful circuit, but a very technical circuit. We had a little incident yesterday and I've got to hand it to the CompUSA guys, they turned things around really quick. They got the car right back out there and never missed a beat. Now if we can back up all these poles with a win, we'll be in great shape."

SunTrust Racing had to change engines after today's practice session due to a broken oil pump belt. Angelelli made a brilliant effort to place the No. 10 Pontiac Riley second on the grid. However, he did not see it that way, "I have to apologize to the team because maybe I could have had the pole today. I just didn't realize how little time I had left."

#10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley: Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli, Emmanuel Collard.
Photo by Eric Gilbert.
The disappointed Angelelli continued, "I thought I would rest the tires a lap and go for a clear lap but it was too late. At that point, I had maybe only two laps left and then I ran into a slower car. Even so, the car is very good and I have to praise the SunTrust boys for a fantastic job to change engines so close to qualifying."

The GT class pole winner was the No. 21 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 qualified by Boris Said. "I've never been here before. This is just a cool place to come race. The track is great; the town is great."

"Our car just handles so good here," added Said. "This is a driver's track. If this stays together, these guys don't have a prayer. The BMW is just too good here."

TPC Racing's Andy Lally took the SGS class pole in a Porsche GT3, the team's second pole this season.

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