All-Corvette DP front row
DETROIT (May 31, 2013) – It will be an all-Corvette Daytona Prototype front row for the start of the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 on the Raceway on Belle Isle. Jordan Taylor put the No. 10 Velocity World Wide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype on the pole for Saturday’s two-hour GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race.
"It is great to have an all-Corvette Daytona Prototype front row for the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 here in Detroit,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. “Congratulations to Jordan Taylor on putting the No.10 Corvette DP on the pole, and Jon Fogarty for his second-place qualifying effort in the No. 99 Corvette DP. With the highly technical nature of the track on Belle Isle, the drivers have to be very strategic in setting up passes. Track position is critical, so having as many of our Corvette DP cars starting near the front is going to be important with the race only two hours long."
Team Chevy drivers captured four of the top-five starting positions with Stephane Sarrazin qualifying the No. 3 Corvette DP in fourth, and Ricky Taylor put the No. 90 Corvette DP in the fifth starting position.
Post qualifying press conference transcrypt:
On his qualifying “We weren’t too confident going into qualifying and weren’t in the top five in either session. Our engineer Bryan and I got together and made some big changes. Something worked; I don’t know what it was but the car was really quick and consistent. It kept getting better during the session and I luckily got a lap in without a mistake that was good enough for pole.
“It’s good being here for Chevrolet and right in the backdrop of the Renaissance Center. We had an event there last night and we had a pretty big talk on how important this weekend is. I’m really proud to lead the whole Chevy brigade for tomorrow.
“(The start of qualifying) was interesting but everyone was in the same boat. I went in not knowing what to expect. It was a fully green track with a little GT rubber down but there wasn’t much. It was kind of like how went out this morning (for the opening practice) when the track had been sitting here for a year with no rubber down. Once everyone got going and got into a rhythm and qualifying mode.
“Mark Reuss, Jim Campbell and Mark Kent were there… pretty much all the big guys. Mark Reuss stood up and basically said that we are here this weekend to make a statement and that he wanted all our cars in every class to get a victory. He wants everyone on top and is very much behind the racing program. He is a huge racing fan – he was at Le Mans a few years ago with the Corvettes and was at Indy for the 500. It’s good to have that support.”
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