Fogarty beats Rojas to pole at Montreal
Jon Fogarty qualified quickest for the Montreal 200 to take his record-extending 16th career pole for Round 11 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Fogarty's lap of 1:31.524 (106.556 mph) put the No. 99 GAINSCO Chevrolet/Riley 0.3sec clear of championship leaders Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. It was the latter who qualified the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley run by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, as the duo aim to break the series' wins-per-season record of seven. They are currently held in a tie with today's polesitters, Fogarty/Alex Gurney.
Ricky Taylor qualified third in the No. 10 SunTrust Ford/Dallara, a car he shares with Max Angelelli. He will be joined on the second row by Burt Frisselle, driving the lone Canadian-based DP, the No. 61 Pacific Mobile/Bio Sign Ford/Riley.
Frisselle, who won the past two years at Montreal, hit the wall in Friday morning practice and did not set a qualifying time, consigning the Ford/Dallara he shares with Michael Valiante to the back of the grid.
Boris Said captured GT pole in a last-gasp effort with his Marsh Racing Corvette, beating out another Chevy runner, the Camaro GT.R of Andrew Davis. It was Said's first pole position since 2004 at Mont Tremblant and the first ever for Marsh Racing. However, he and co-driver Eric Curran know that Davis and co-driver Robin Liddell at least have stats on their side, in that they've won the GT class in the last two Montreal 200s, albeit in Stevenson Motorsports' previous car, the Pontiac G6.
Scott Russell qualified third in the No. 07 Banner Racing Corvette shared with Paul Edwards, and will be joined on the second row by Adam Christodoulou, driving the No. 68 MazdaSpeed Motorsports Mazda RX-8.
GT points co-leader Emil Assentato qualified ninth in the No. 69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 shared by Jeff Segal. They enter the event with a four-point lead (290-286) in the standings over Sylvain Tremblay, who qualified seventh in the No. 70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8.