GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and Jon Fogarty win third-straight Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series pole and fourth of the year with new track record at Montreal 200 MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 28, 2009) -- GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing's Jon...
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and Jon Fogarty win third-straight Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series pole and fourth of the year with new track record at Montreal 200
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (August 28, 2009) -- GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing's Jon Fogarty out-dueled Scott Pruett and then joined him as the all-time Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype pole winner in qualifying Friday at the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Fogarty won his third-straight pole of the season and a series-high fourth of the year with a top qualifying lap of 1:32.235 (105.734 mph) on the 2.709-mile Grand Prix Formula 1 circuit.
"Getting up to speed as quickly as possible and putting a lap in was the key," said Fogarty, who turned the record time on his fifth lap with less than five minutes remaining in the session. "It was a little bit scrappy out there but there is more in the car, which is good to know."
The pole was the 12th of Fogarty's career which ties No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Pruett for first on the all-time Daytona Prototype pole winner list. Fogarty also put the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley on the pole in the last two races at Watkins Glen and Barber Motorsports Park and took the top qualifying spot for the first time at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in June.
Beyond new records, Friday's pole could prove to be critical considering Saturday calls for a 100% chance of rain showers. Although the odds are slightly better for dry weather at the 2:15 p.m. ET race start -- live coverage begins on SPEED at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) -- a wet race is almost a certainty.
"If the weather comes out like it looks, the pole will be really important," Gurney said. "Avoiding the spray, especially on the first lap, is a huge deal. Jon did an excellent job again, of course, in qualifying and the car was very good in practice. I ran a lot on the old tires and still the car is working really well. We will see what it comes down to in the race with the weather, but in the dry Jon and I both like the set up of the car. We are pretty happy with it."
Fogarty will share the front row with Pruett and joins his teammate Gurney in feeling good about the advantages the pole will bring in the wet.
"We have a good grasp on a wet car but it's still nice to be on the pole," said Fogarty, who broke Pruett's year-old track record on the Montreal track. "We have to be preparing for a wet race as it looks like we are really going to have rain tomorrow. It's great to start up front as we will have good visibility either way. It's a pretty flat surface, water kind of stands around here and you have a lot spray. This is a tough place to see so having clear road in front of you is pretty important. We are just going to go to the front and throw up some spray in the face of the No. 01 car."