Watkins Glen II: GM Racing qualifying report

GAINSCO Pontiac Grabs Eighth Pole Of The Season At The Glen Krohn 75 Pontiac Starts Second The No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) driven by Jon Fogarty, will start from pole position for tomorrow's round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex...

GAINSCO Pontiac Grabs Eighth Pole Of The Season At The Glen
Krohn 75 Pontiac Starts Second

The No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) driven by Jon Fogarty, will start from pole position for tomorrow's round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve to be run at Watkins Glen International Raceway. For Fogarty it is his seventh pole of the season and for the team it is their eighth in a row making it a new Grand-Am record.

Under rain-threatened skies, the Pontiac DP teams took to the 2.45-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen short course for qualifying. For GAINSCO, it was a four lap run that had Fogarty posting a time 1:07.020, which is also a new Watkins Glen short course track record. Fogarty will start the two-hour, 200-mile race tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and then hand over to teammate Alex Gurney. The duo are also contenders for the championship, but they must win the last three races.

"The pole record is nice," Fogarty said. "The team gives us a great car and we just have to drive it. I had a good clear lap and was able to post a fast time. It is important to start at the front here, the course is abbreviated and the laps are faster, you cannot afford to fall back. We now need to set the record for the team that has come from furthest back to win the championship."

Starting next to the No. 99 on the front row will be the No. 75 of Krohn Racing that was driven by Nic Jonsson in qualifying. Jonsson put up a time of 1:07.645. For Jonsson, it is his third start with team youngster and Roush Racing recruit Colin Braun.

"The car was good, we have been working on the brakes and we have a lot of stability in the car now," Jonsson said. "The car is very consistent, so I hope that means we have a good car for the race tomorrow evening. We need to stay upfront and give the 99 car a run for the win tomorrow."

Memo Gidley gave the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac team a third place qualifying effort. The Californian clocked a time of 1:07.670, making it a Pontiac power 1-2-3 on the day.

"Earlier we were off the track, so the guys had to do some work this afternoon," Gidley said. "They were worried I wasn't going to get enough laps, but I assured them that I was fine and to just get the car they way they want it. I think I left a few tenths out there in qualifying, but third is a good starting spot. It has been a great experience running with these guys, the crew never stands still they are always looking for improvement."

Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 39 Cheever Racing Crown Royal Special Reserve Pontiac Fabcar will start from the fifth position based upon his qualifying time of 1:07.858. Despite an electrical issue with the car, the Brazilian has a top starting spot.

"The qualifying time was alright," Fittipaldi said. "We have had a misfire in the engine a couple of times in practice and then it came back in qualifying. I think we had a front row car, not quite a pole car. The car is handling well and I think we will be a factor in the race. Antonio is back with me this weekend, so I am looking forward to a strong outing tomorrow."

This pole position for Pontiac extends their streak on the season to a perfect 12 for 12.

-credit: gm racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Memo Gidley , Christian Fittipaldi , Jon Fogarty , Colin Braun , Nic Jonsson