Fitzpatrick On The Pole With Record Run TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec -- J.R. Fitzpatrick won his first pole of the season in record fashion during NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio qualifying for the GP3R 100 at the ...
Fitzpatrick On The Pole With Record Run
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec -- J.R. Fitzpatrick won his first pole of the season in record fashion during NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio qualifying for the GP3R 100 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
The 21 year-old Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Fitzpatrick Motorsports Chevrolet), out of Cambridge, Ont., circuited the 1.530-mile temporary road course in 68.446 seconds for an average lap speed of 80.472 mph to earn his fourth career Canadian Tire Series pole. In the process, he broke his own record of 68.573 seconds set a season ago.
"Being smooth and taking it easy on the brakes is really important on this track," said Fitzpatrick. "This place really eats up the brakes. You also have to keep an eye on the RPMs. We wind the motors up pretty good here in a few places."
Starting alongside Fitzpatrick on the front row will be defending GP3R 100 champion Kerry Micks (No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging Ford) who timed in at 68.529 seconds (80.375 mph), also under the old record.
Qualifying third was Quebec-native Alex Tagliani (No. 7 Wal-Mart/Ubisoft Ford) with a time of 68.629 seconds (80.258 mph). Don Thomson Jr. (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) posted the fourth-fastest lap at 68.662 seconds (80.219 mph) after Robin Buck's (No. 88 Active Green + Ross Ford) time of 70.411 seconds was disallowed by NASCAR officials after some of his crew members went on to the racing surface to help push his car after he spun in one of the turns.
Current championship point standings leader Scott Steckly (No. 22 Tow Truck in a Box/Erb Group Dodge) qualified fifth with a time of 69.027 seconds (79.795 mph).
Didier Schraenen (No. 94 Can-Am BRP/Energie 94.3/RDS Chevrolet) also had his time disallowed by NASCAR after he re-entered the track after bringing his car down pit road. Teams are not permitted to make adjustments to the car during qualifying. Once a driver comes down pit road, his session is over.
NASCAR Road Race style (group) qualifying procedures were used for the session. The field was divided into two groups based on their Friday practice times.
The green flag for the GP3R 100 is scheduled to be wave at 3 p.m. ET tomorrow.