IMSA: Olivier Pla Takes Michael Shank Racing to the Top; Scores Pole for 12 Hours of Sebring

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SEBRING, Fla. – official series release — Michael L. Levitt/LAT photo courtesy of IMSA — For the second year in a row – albeit in a different car, and for a different team – Olivier Pla was the top qualifier and scored the TOTAL Pole Award on Friday ahead of the 64th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled …

CTSCC: Maxwell Takes Multimatic to the Top; Wins Continental Tire Challenge Pole in Sebring

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SEBRING, Fla. – official series release — Jake Galstad/LAT photo courtesy of IMSA — Multimatic Motorsports nailed the setup on the No. 15 Ford Performance Ford Shelby GT350R-C for Thursday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifying, and Scott Maxwell used his first flying lap to capture the TOTAL Pole Award for Friday’s Sebring 150. The Canadian driver recorded a lap of 2:16.834 …

IMSA: Mikhail Aleshin Leads SMP Racing to Rolex 24 Pole in Rain-Soaked Qualifying Session

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – official series release — F. Peirce Williams/LAT for IMSA photo — Russian IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin overcame extremely wet conditions to capture the Prototype class TOTAL Pole Award for the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Aleshin ran a lap of 2:05.793 (101.882 mph) in the Nissan-powered No. 37 BR01 fielded by Russian-based SMP Racing. The Prototype debuted …

CTSCC: Defending Winners Fast Again as Plumb Bros. Take Pole for BMW Performance 200

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — official report — IMSA photo — Defending BMW Performance 200 winner Hugh Plumb took the first step towards giving Rum Bum Racing its fourth Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory at Daytona by winning the TOTAL Pole Award in the Grand Sport (GS) class. Plumb ran a lap of 2:12.492 (96.730 mph) in the No. 13 Run …

TUSC: Westbrook Sloshes to Petit Le Mans Pole; Tops Soggy Qualifying Session at Road Atlanta

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BRASELTON, Ga. – official series release — Jake Galstad/LAT for IMSA photo — Watching steady rain fall throughout the day Friday at Road Atlanta, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) points leader Richard Westbrook knew that his No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP would start on the pole for Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda if qualifying was cancelled due …

TUSC: Hand Delivers for Ganassi and Ford; Wins First Career TUDOR Championship Pole at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – official series release — IMSA photo — Given the opportunity to qualify in a late change of plans, Joey Hand delivered. Hand gave Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates its first TOTAL Pole Award of 2015 in Saturday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America (3 p.m. ET …

TUSC: Man to Man; Taylor Tops Pruett for First TUDOR Championship Pole at Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – official series release — IMSA photo — TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype qualifying became a mano a mano street fight Friday at Long Beach, as young charger Ricky Taylor and seasoned veteran Scott Pruett exchanged the top position four times in the latter stages of the 15-minute session. In the end, youth trumped experience and Taylor …

CTSCC: Practice Makes Perfect; Matt Bell Claims Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Pole at Sebring

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SEBRING, Fla. – official series release — Michael Levitt/LAT/IMSA photo — Practice made perfect for Matt Bell on Thursday at Sebring Int’l Raceway. One day after running a fast lap in a mock qualifying run in final Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge practice, Bell captured the TOTAL Pole Award in qualifying for the Microsoft Visual Studio 150. Bell ran a track-record …

TUSC: Fittipaldi Ready to Finish; Championship Co-Leader Wins Petit Le Mans Pole

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BRASELTON, Ga. – official release — Ted Rossino Jr. photo — Action Express Racing came to Road Atlanta with a long “to do” list for Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, including capturing team and driver championships for both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Winning the TOTAL Pole Award was on that …

CTSCC: Andrew Davis Nets Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Pole for Road Atlanta Finale

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BRASELTON, Ga. – official release — Ted Rossino Jr. photo — Andrew Davis took a potential step toward the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport (GS) title on Thursday, capturing his second TOTAL Pole Award of the season in qualifying for Friday’s season finale on his home track of Road Atlanta. Davis, who hails from nearby Athens, Ga., turned in …

TUSC: Alex Brundle Nets TOTAL Pole Award for OAK Racing in Austin

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AUSTIN, TEXAS – official release — Ted Rossino Jr. photo — Alex Brundle put the Ligier chassis from OAK Racing on the pole for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Circuit of The Americas in the car’s first race under Honda power. “We knew the chassis, but we didn’t know the engine,” said Brundle, who was 0.834 seconds ahead …

CTSCC: Billy Johnson Banks First Career SportsCar Challenge Pole at COTA

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AUSTIN, Texas – official release — IMSA photo — Competing in his 101st career Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, Billy Johnson came to Circuit of The Americas without having a TOTAL Pole Award on his otherwise impressive resume. He changed that in qualifying on Thursday, running a lap of two minutes, 22.504 seconds (85.892 mph) in the No. 158 Multimatic …