After being beaten to the pole position on their debuts at Daytona, Corvette Daytona Prototype teams rebounded at Barber Motorsports Park for the Porsche 250. Richard Westbrook scored the pole for Spirit of Daytona, with Jon Fogarty second for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and David Donohue third for Action Express.
SoD also scored the 2011 pole at Barber with Antonio Garcia. Westbrook, in his first visit to the track, explained the run that netted the first Corvette DP pole and his prospects for Saturday's race.
“We're particularly strong in race trim,” he said. “We weren't sure if we had the outright pace for pole. It just felt great out there. I just enjoyed every second of being in the car. It is just great to give this Corvette its first pole.”
New third-gen Riley chassis from Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (and a BMW engine) and Michael Shank Racing (a Ford) complete the top five on the grid.
In GT, Paul Edwards rebounded from a practice crash to provide Chevrolet a pole sweep – netting the top spot in his Autohaus Camaro GT.R.
“I just had to be tidy,” he said. “It seems like the Chevy has some grunt off the line and we are able to put the traction down with the balance of the car. It is still going to be a management race with the tire. But me and Jordan (Taylor, co-driver) have found some good improvement over the last two days for a more balanced, more manageable easy car to drive, and less hard on the rear tire. We showed that the Camaro has got everything for the other manufacturers out here, so we just have to wrap it up tomorrow.”
AIM Autosport qualified second for the second race running with its Ferrari 458, this time driven by Emil Assentato instead of Jeff Segal. The Stevenson Camaro with Robin Liddell and Ronnie Bremer (injury replacement for the sidelined John Edwards) and series debutantes Horton Autosport Porsche were next up.
The Porsche 250 goes green Saturday at 12:15 p.m. CT, and will be same-day tape-delayed on SPEED beginning at 4 p.m. ET.