TRG GTO.Rs Qualify 5th and 14th in GT at Homestead Homestead, Florida m- TRG's Kelly Collins drove his number 64/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R to a fifth place qualifying position in GT for round three of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown...
TRG GTO.Rs Qualify 5th and 14th in GT at Homestead
Homestead, Florida m- TRG's Kelly Collins drove his number 64/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R to a fifth place qualifying position in GT for round three of the Grand American Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve to be run at Homestead Miami Speedway. Teammate RJ Valentine qualified his number 65/TRG/GTO/F1 Air/Alpine Bagel/GTO.R in fourteenth for tomorrow's two-hour-and-forty-five-minute race.
On the first lap of the 15-minute qualifying session Kelly Collins felt a vibration in turn three. Believing it to be debris on the tires he tried to preserver with the session. Coming onto the banking the car took a hard right toward the wall between NASCAR turns three and four. The Californian was able to keep it off of the wall and return to pit lane. The team made repairs and were able to get Collins back on the track late in the session. Despite the trouble, he was able to post a time of 1:22.257, good for a third row starting position on the GT grid.
"I went into turn three and the car shot to the right," said Collins. "I had a vibration, but just thought we had some rubber bits on the tires. I gathered it back up and went onto the banking, right between turns three and four on the bank it went hard right toward the wall, I'll tell you that got my attention. It took everything I had to keep it from testing the Safer Barrier. We still have a decent starting position, we have a good car and we will be fine for the race."
RJ Valentine posted a qualifying time of 1:24.757, which will see he and co-drivers Andy Lally and Marc Bunting starting from the seventh row. "I left some time out on the track," said Valentine. "On my fast lap a BMW lost its motor and oiled the track a little which sent me wide in turn five. The car is really handling well and is confidence inspiring. I am looking forward to having a strong run tomorrow night."
"Kelly did a nice job to save the number 64 car and get it back to the pits," said Kevin Buckler. "He gathered up his composure and was able to put in a good lap to get us starting towards the front of the field. We will get to the bottom of the issue and be ready to race. Rput in a strong performance in qualifying, when the BMW lost its motor all bets were off. We will be looking for our second win in a row tomorrow."
Going into tomorrow's race Marc Bunting and Andy Lally find themselves leading the GT points championship with teammates Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins in a close second.
The race from Homestead will take the green flag at 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday with Speed Channel carrying the race starting at 8:00 p.m.