Blistering speeds at Cleveland, Hunter-Reay on pole

Ryan Hunter-Reay set the pole for tomorrow's Toyota Atlantic Championship series race with a fast time of 1 minute, 5.225 seconds (116.238 mph). That was more than two and one-half seconds faster than the previous track record at Cleveland's Burke...

Ryan Hunter-Reay set the pole for tomorrow's Toyota Atlantic Championship series race with a fast time of 1 minute, 5.225 seconds (116.238 mph). That was more than two and one-half seconds faster than the previous track record at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport. This was Hunter-Reay's third pole position this season, his rookie year in Atlantics. Hunter-Reay said: "We knew we had to get a clear lap - we kept our head down (in the session) and found the gap, and we knew if we found the gap we'd be right up there in the front.

The provisional polesitter from yesterday, Jon Fogarty, was second fastest today, nearly half of a second slower than Hunter-Reay. Waldemar Coronas made a huge improvement to take third in today's session for his best starting position of this year, his rookie season.

Series points leader Michael Valiante, will start fifth in tomorrow's race, qualifying just behind Fogarty's Dorricott Racing teammate Luis Diaz. Fogarty and Hunter-Reay each earned a point for being fastest in the two qualifying sessions, moving them a little closer to Valiante in the standings. Fogarty is 13 points behind Valiante in second place and Hunter-Reay trails in third, 17 behind the leader.

The second five on tomorrow's grid will be: Rocky Moran Jr., Alex Gurney, Ryan Dalziel, Sepp Koster, and Grant Ryley.

Such were the speeds today, fifteen drivers beat the previous track record at the Cleveland temporary circuit, and all fifteen times were faster than Fogarty's provisional pole time in yesterday's session.

The 32-lap Toyota Atlantic race will take the green flag tomorrow at 10:55 am. (EDT) and the race will be televised on SPEED Channel later Sunday afternoon at 5 pm (EDT).

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Grant Ryley , Rocky Moran Jr. , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Sepp Koster , Waldemar Coronas