The No. 10 SunTrust Corvette Dallara DP of Wayne Taylor Racing will start Sunday’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Global Barter 250 from the pole after qualifying Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.
Ricky Taylor, who qualified on the pole here last July for the fifth of his six-race consecutive pole streak, once again turned the fastest lap of the qualifying session today, 1 minute, 15.091 seconds at 107.869 mph on the 2.25-mile, 14-turn road circuit located about an hour south of Philadelphia. It was best among 26 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag for Sunday’s round four of the 13-race Rolex Series schedule for 2012.
“I was doubting myself because I had such a bad time at Barber (Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., in March), where I made a mistake that really cost us in qualifying and, in turn, the race,” said Taylor, who with co-driver Max Angelelli was the most recent Rolex Series race-winner after slogging through a wet and torrentially rainy event at Homestead-Miami Speedway two weekends ago. “I put a lot of pressure on myself coming into this one. I put a lot of time into looking at data, looking at what Max is doing and what I’m doing, and I tried to put it all together in qualifying. Our SunTrust Corvette was just running beautifully. We made one adjustment in practice this morning that gave us a little edge, I think. It’s great to have Corvettes occupy the top-three. Track position means so much here and, especially this year with the GTs being quicker than they have in previous years, they’ll be so hard to pass. So, judging traffic from the point is going to be key tomorrow. Hopefully, I can keep it out safely in front and not damage anything and Max can bring it home.”
Today’s pole was the ninth of the 22-year-old Taylor’s Rolex Series career, all with the SunTrust team he joined full-time in 2010. It was his 14th career front-row qualifying effort.