The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón GT battle between SRT Motorsports and Corvette Racing has carried over from Canada to Elkhart Lake, Wis.
One race after a tight battle for the GT class win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – a race that the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6 ZR1 of Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin won by 0.267 seconds – SRT Motorsports and Jonathan Bomarito responded with the GT pole for Sunday’s Orion Energy Systems 245 on Saturday morning at Road America.
Bomarito lapped Road America’s 4.048-mile circuit in 2 minutes, 3.410 seconds/118.084 mph in the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R for his second consecutive GT pole, edging the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6 ZR1 of Antonio Garcia by 0.802 seconds. Leh Keen qualified third in the No. 23 Yokohama/Battery Tender Ferrari F458 Italia of Team West/AJR/Boadwalk Ferrari, 2:04.269 (117.268 mph).
“We made some awesome changes,” Bomarito said. “We basically used qualifying as a test session. You normally wouldn’t make that many changes from practice to qualifying. We took some stuff from the 91 car, added to it, and the car was absolutely amazing this morning. The cool weather helped us. Qualifying is great but we really have a great race car, so I feel really good about the race.”
Lucas Luhr put the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c on the overall pole, the third straight P1 class pole for Pickett Racing with a lap of 1:51.460 (130.745 mph). Muscle Milk Pickett Racing leads the P1 standings with wins in four of the five races this season.
The No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 entry of Dyson Racing driven by Chris McMurry qualified second, 1:53.580 (128.304 mph) with the revolutionary DeltaWing LM12 prototype of Katherine Legge third in P1 at 1:55.362 (126.322 mph)
Level 5 Motorsports earned its sixth straight P2 class pole with Marino Franchitti setting the session’s fastest lap, 1:54.806 (126.934 mph), in the No. 552 Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b. Franchitti set the lap 10 minutes into the 15 minute session, besting Guy Cosmo’s lap of 1:55.622 (126.038 mph) in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b by eight tenths.
Simon Pagenaud – filling in for the injured Ryan Briscoe – qualified third in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports entry at 1:55.793 (125.852).
In the Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire (PC) class, Colin Braun earned his fourth consecutive pole and fifth of the season, edging Bruno Junqueira by 0.082 seconds with a lap of 1:57.630 (123.887 mph) in the No. 05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 of CORE autosport.
Junqueira qualified second at 1:57.712 (123.800 mph) for RSR Racing, followed by Tristan Nunez in the No. 18 VISITFLORIDA.com/Ric Man/Signature MSAP ORECA FLM09 of Performance Tech Motorsports, 1:57.885 (123.619 mph)
Spencer Pumpelly picked up his second GTC pole of the season – third of his career – in the No. 45 Venezuela/eSilicon Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Pumpelly laid down his best lap with four minutes left in the session, 2:11.931 (110.458 mph), knocking then polesitter Damien Faulkner out of the top spot.
Sean Edwards drove the No. 30 MOMO Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to second in the final minutes at 2:12.386 (110.078 mph), with Jan Heylen third in the No. 11 Hertz Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:12.403 (110.064 mph).
GTC points leader Jeroen Bleekemolen qualified sixth in the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Bleekemolen is seeking his fourth consecutive Road America GTC win. He can become the first driver in ALMS GTC class history to win at the same venue four times in a row.ALMS, Road America, Sports Cars, SRT Motorsports