The Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V of Devon Powell, John Heinricy and Terry Borcheller claimed the overall pole Saturday for the Grand Am Cup race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Cadillac turned a lap of 1:36.478 (84.255 mph) around the...
The Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V of Devon Powell, John Heinricy and Terry Borcheller claimed the overall pole Saturday for the Grand Am Cup race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Cadillac turned a lap of 1:36.478 (84.255 mph) around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.
"The No. 11 Sunoco Ultra 94 Chemcraft Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V ran well," Powell said. "The guys worked really hard. We're still developing the car. It was pretty quick for one lap. Whether we can sustain that pace for three hours will be something completely different. Anything can happen, but we're pretty psyched."
Greg Wilkins and Dave Lacey, sharing the Doncaster Racing Porsche, will start second, after qualifying one-tenth of a second behind the Cadillac. The second Doncaster Porsche, driven by Rober Julien and Jean Francois Dumoulin, qualified third.
In the ST class, the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i of Will Turner and Don Salama recorded the fastest time of the afternoon, lapping the course in 1:39.672 (81.556 mph). Turner and Salama, who have finished second in class three times this season, currently have an 18-point lead over Team Lexus drivers Chuck Goldsborough and Ian James in the ST class drivers' championship. Goldsborough and James have one win and a second place finish in five races.
"I said at the beginning of the weekend, 'you know what? Don and I haven't won a race in this car. I want to take the pole, and I want to win the race,'" Turner said. "Mid-Ohio is a favorite track, I've won here before, Don's won here before. For the last couple of days we've been working on setup. We have a qualifying setup and we have a race setup. We went with the qualifying setup and the car was phenomenal. It was right up there, the first lap it felt good, and I went as fast as I could. I think we just squeaked by on the pole. It should be a good weekend."
Speaking of Team Lexus, Goldsborough and co-driver Andy Lally qualified second, .197 seconds behind the pole winning BMW. David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay will start third in their SpeedSource Mazda RX-8.
Sunday's Grand Am Cup race will begin at 1:00 p.m.