Gil de Ferran claimed pole position for tomorrow's American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio - his fourth consecutive top qualifying spot at the US venue.
The 41-year-old Brazilian, driving his eponymous team's Acura ARX-02a, edged out David Brabham in the similar Highcroft Racing car by less than one tenth of a second to maintain a 100 per cent qualifying record at Mid-Ohio this decade. He qualified on pole for the Champ Car races at the 2.26-mile track in 2000 and 2001 and for the ALMS race there last year.
"We had a few issues when I went out," said de Ferran. "I had a huge vibration and it was so hard to see that I was concerned I had a wheel loose.
"I came in and we had the wheels on and off. The vibration continued, but the car was handling pretty good. I believe a wheel must have been out of balance, we must have lost a weight."
Third fastest was the top LMP2 car, the Fernandez Racing Acura driven by Luis Diaz.
Jorg Bergmeister claimed the GT2 pole for the the Flying Lizard Motorsports team ahead of the Risi Ferrari, while the new factory Corvette GT2 car marked its debut with third and sixth places in class.