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| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 11 2015

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Ricky Taylor scored his second pole position of 2015 Friday by posting the fastest lap in qualifying for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance.

His lap of 1:09.705 (126.998 mph) in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP gave him a 0.159-second advantage over Christian Fittipaldi in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP at the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“Qualifying has been real competitive this year,” Taylor said. “I had heard that there had not been a repeat pole winner so far this season until this weekend. That definitely made me want to be the first one especially coming off a bad weekend at Watkins Glen. We wanted to rebound as strongly as we could with all of our Konica Minolta partners here. I think we have 100 people here from Konica Minolta so we’re really looking forward to a good performance this weekend. I think our car has been really strong all weekend – especially in race trim. We’ll look to be this good in trimtomorrow.

“I think the race is going to be interesting. The times have been really close all weekend. Someone told me this is the first Corvette on pole overall at this track. But it is a battle between three or four Corvettes up there that are going to be really close. I think it is going to be tough to overtake without traffic and almost impossible to overtake without someone making a mistake. When we get into the PC and GTLM traffic it is going to be a balance of taking a little risk and creating a little gap, or creating an overtaking opportunity and keeping yourself in the race. It is going to be quite a balance.  I think from my stint, I just need to keep the car clean and give it to Jordan (Taylor) in one piece and then he can go be aggressive against (Richard) Westbrook, (Joao) Barbosa and all those guys.”

 

For Sunday’s race, the No. 4 Corvette will cede its grid position to start on four new Michelin tires. The race features two faster Prototype classes and the GTLM category. Per TUDOR United SportsCar Championship rules, cars that change more than one tire must start from the back of the class grid.

Taylor became the first driver to win two Prototype pole positions in the TUDOR Championship this year; he was the fastest qualifier at Long Beach in April.

Corvette DPs held four of the top five spots in qualifying. After Fittipaldi’s lap of 1:09.864 (126.709 mph), Michael Valiante was fourth in the championship-leading VisitFlorida.com Racing No. 90 Corvette DP with a lap of 1:10.399 (125.746 mph). Action Express Racing’s Eric Curran was next in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP at 1:10.508 (125.552 mph).

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance is set for12:05 p.m. ET on Sunday with live TV coverage at noon ET on FOX Sports 1. Flag-to-flag radio coverage also will be available via IMSA Radio.

 

 

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 11 2015
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