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Corvettes Crowd Front Of Field At Barber

| , RacinToday.com Friday, March 30 2012


Saturday’s Porsche 250 Grand-Am Series race at Barber Motorsports Park will begin with an all-Corvette front row as the Chevrolets posted the top three laps in qualifying on Friday.

Richard Westbrook won the pole piloting the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP.

Westbrook bested fellow Corvette DP driver Jon Fogarty by seven hundredths of a second to claim the top starting position.

Westbrook’s last lap at 101.695 mph (1:21.420) supplanted Fogarty and brought the new Corvette DP program its first Rolex Series pole position.

Closely behind the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP of Fogarty to score the third spot on the grid was David Donohue, No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.

“I love the track,” Westbrook said. “It has a lovely flow to it. I think it could be one of the best in the States. It is a joy to race here. I wish we had something like this in Europe. It is pretty low grip, but it is what it is. And, it is the same for everyone else. The actual undulations and the flow of the track is really unique and it is a challenge.”

In the Grand Touring, Paul Edwards set the pace behind the wheel of the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R.

Emil Assentato joins Edwards on the GT front row after a lap at 91.004 mph (1:30.985) in the No. 69 FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am. It is Assentato’s first Rolex Series front-row start.

In Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge qualifying, Lawson Aschenbach captured his first career pole with a lap of 1:36.401 (85.891 mph) in the No. 01 CKS Autosport Chevrolet Camaro GS.R. In Street Tuner, Andy Lally captured his second consecutive pole with a lap of 1:41.374 (81.678 mph) in the No. 10 Kia of America Kia Forte Koup.

The Rolex Series Porsche 250 takes the green flag at 1:15 p.m. ET (SPEED, 4 p.m. ET, MRN live) on Saturday, while the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Barber 200 begins at 5 p.m. ET (SPEED, April 8, noon ET).

| , RacinToday.com Friday, March 30 2012
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