Sebastien Bourdais delivered pole position during qualifying for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Action Express Racing was back out front at Sebring International Raceway on Friday after Sebastien Bourdais delivered the team’s first-ever pole position during qualifying for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype posted the quickest time of the 15-minute afternoon session with a fast lap of 1:51.917-seconds on the 3.74-mile circuit.
Jon Fogarty, who joined the Action Express line-up for the 12 Hours of Sebring, was tabbed to qualify the No. 9 Corvette DP and posted the 10th quickest time to line up on the outside of Row 5 for the start of the 12 hour race. He will team with brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle in the No. 9 Corvette machine.
“Qualifying started out well and the car felt good,” said Fogarty of the run. “We were one of the first cars out and we were able to put in a good time. We just had a hard time with grip and it took a while for it to come back to me. By that time, everyone else had already put in their good times and just didn’t have it. I think I could have gotten a little more out of it for sure. I definitely have a little bit of a gap to my teammates so I want to research that and try to get that understood and use that to our advantage during the race tomorrow.”
Action Express Racing will look to become the fifth team in history to win both the Rolex 24 and 12 Hours of Sebring in the same year.
“Obviously we are very, very pleased,” said Team Owner Bob Johnson. “This is a tremendous result. I thought Sebastien did a phenomenal job because every lap just got quicker and quicker even though there was a lot of pressure coming from behind. He was really cool and kept it together and did an outstanding job. It’s great to come from victory lane right into the pole position here at Sebring. It’s really special to have that here at Sebring because this is a difficult track.”
Bourdais will lead the 64 combined-class field to the green flag tomorrow morning with the race set to begin at 10:15 AM ET.
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