Cumming Gives RSR Another Tudor Pole
By Jim Pedley
NASCAR Wire Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Chris Cumming won his first Tudor United SportsCar Series Championship pole Friday night when he had fast lap during qualifying for Sunday’s Kansas Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway’s infield road course.
Cumming, driving the No. 08 entry of RSR Racing, had a fast lap around the 6-turn, 2.37-mile “roval” in 1 minute, 11.839 seconds.
“The RSR car the guys gave me was fantastic,” Cumming said when ask the secret to his fast lap.
No surprise there as RSR cars, spread between the No. 08 and the No. 09 have won the last three PC poles.
“It’s just extremely well prepared cars,” Cumming said. “They roll off the truck ready to go.”
Cumming, who finished second – a single point behind champion Michael Guasch after winning three straight races at the end of the season – in last year’s PC division when it was part of the American Le Mans Series, will team with former Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Alex Tagliani.
Second in PC qualifying at Kansas was Frankie Montecalvo of PR1/Mathiesen Motorsports with a fast lap in 1:11.878. He will co-drive with Gunnar Jeannette in Saturday night’s two-segment race.
Third was Sean Rayhall of 8Star Motorsports with a time of 1:11.989. Teaming with Rayhall will be Luis Diaz on Saturday night.
Fourth was the RSR No. 09 car with Duncan Ende driving. Sharing the car will be another former Indy 500 pole-winner in Bruno Junqueira.
In the Tudor Championship Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Series qualifying, Craig Duerson won the pole in the No. 27 Performance Tech Motorsport entry with a lap in 1:16.183.
Duerson arrived in Kansas second in points, six behind leader Mikhail Goikhberg, who qualified eighth.
Andrew Novich qualified second fastest in the No. 61 Comprent Motor Sports entry with a lap in 1:16.308.
Third fastest in Lites qualifying was 16-year-old Matt McMurry of Performance Tech Motorsport. His fast lap was in 1:16.393 and comes just a couple of days before he heads to France to compete in the 24-hour race at Le Mans.
Saturday night’s race will mark the debut of an unusual format for the PC and Prototype Lites series.
The race will be divided into two 45-minute sprints. The amateur drivers in the PC tandems drove the car in Friday night’s qualifying session and must drive the first segment on Saturday night. That first segment will not pay series points but will set the starting grid for the second, points-paying segment.
In the second segment the pro drivers will be allowed to take over the wheel.
In both segments, the PC and slower and smaller Lites cars will be on the track at the same time.
In Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport division qualifying, Kris Wilson of TRG-AMR, whose fast lap was at 1:21.953 in his No. 07 Aston Martin, won the pole.
“I won a couple of poles with Porsche six or seven years ago,” Wilson said, “but this is the first with the Aston Martin so it’s a good day.
“Now,” Wilson added, “we need to get that win.”
Wilson came to Kansas second in points, 25 behind leaders John Edwards and Trent Hindman.
Teaming with Wilson at Kansas is Andrew Davison.
Nick Longhi of Rum Bum Racing was second with a lap in 1:22.124 in his No. 13 Porsche 997. Longhi is teaming with Matt Plumb.
Kurt Rezzetano drove his No. 32 Phoenix American Motorsports Ford Mustang to third on the grid.
Edwards in the No. 46 Fall-Line BMW M3 was fourth.
Third was the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R of Andrew Davis
In the Continental Challenge Street Tuner division, Porsche Caymans ruled qualifying.
Corey Lewis drove the No. 87 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman to the pole with a lap in 1:27.809.
The pole was the first of Lewis’ career and it comes in his fourth start.
“Absolutely amazing,” Lewis, 22, said. “It’s a feeling I’ll never forget.”
Lewis went out early, posted his good lap and waited in the pits in an effort to save tires, he said.
Qualifying second fastest was Adam Isman in the No. 04 Autometrics Motorsports Cayman. His fast lap was at 1:27.843. Isman arrived in Kansas sixth in ST points.
David Baum qualified third fastest in his No. 34 Autometrics Cayman.
Steve Doherty broke the Cayman lineup as he was fourth in the No. 34 Skullcandy Team Nissan Altima.
“They seem to be the powerhouse,” Lewis said of the Caymans at Kansas. “They’ve definitely got the power.
“This track is definitely suited for the Caymans.”
The points-leading No. 3 Mazda MX-5 of CJ Wilson Racing qualified 10th fastest with Tyler McQuarrie driving.
The Continental Series will race just once on Saturday night. That race will be a timed 150-minute event.No Comment