For the tenth time this season and the ninth consecutive race, the No. 99 Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley will lead the Rolex Sports Car Series to the green flag, as Jon Fogarty was the fastest in qualifying for Saturday's Armed Forces 250 at...
For the tenth time this season and the ninth consecutive race, the No. 99 Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley will lead the Rolex Sports Car Series to the green flag, as Jon Fogarty was the fastest in qualifying for Saturday's Armed Forces 250 at Infineon Raceway. Racing on his home track, the diminutive Californian lapped the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course in 1:28.028, besting Nic Jonsson in the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley by .413 seconds. Darren Law rounded out the top-three in the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley.
"It feels great," said Fogarty, who will share his car in the race with Alex Gurney. "It feels even better having these two guys (Jonsson and Law) sitting next to me rather than Max (Angelelli) or whoever was driving the No. 10 car. The car was really good. We were fortunate to draw third for qualifying because this place is pretty notorious for being difficult to get a clear lap. So I was able to get by the No. 39 and 19 cars on my out- lap and was able to rip off two unobstructed clear laps when the tires were at there best and I did the most out of the car I think - not too many mistakes on my part. It couldn't be a better situation to start the race."
With six wins in 13 races - far more than anyone else - Fogarty and Gurney trail SunTrust Racing's Angelelli and Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett by four points in the Daytona Prototype drivers' championship with two races remaining. Angelelli's teammate, Memo Gidley, qualified sixth in the No. 10 Pontiac Riley, while Pruett's teammate, Memo Rojas, was fourth fastest in the No. 01 Lexus Riley. Even though they are so close to Pruett and Angelelli, Fogarty believes he and Gurney need to win the race this weekend to stay in the hunt for the championship.
"We want to win this race obviously," said Fogarty, who broke the record for poles in a season with eight. "That's going to give us the greatest likelihood of winning the championship at the end of the season. We want to win. That's the goal. And if it finishes like qualifying, that would be fantastic. If things go right in the race, then obviously our objective is to beat the (Ganassi car) and the (SunTrust car). So we obviously have to consider the championship, but we are here to win this one."
Indy Pro Series front runner Alex Lloyd rounded out the top-five in the second Ganassi car.
The 15-minute Daytona Prototype qualifying session was cut short by a vicious crash involving the No. 11 Samax Motorsports Pontiac Riley of Roger Yasakawa and the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley of Hurley Haywood. Both cars suffered heavy damage, but neither driver was injured.
Saturday's race will take the green flag at 2:45 p.m. PT and be broadcast tape delay on Speed, beginning at 4 p.m. PT.