Team Sahlen scored its first-ever Daytona Prototype pole Friday, with Dane Cameron taking the team’s No. 42 Riley-BMW to the top spot in qualifying for Saturday’s VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 at Road America.
Cameron reeled off a best lap of 2:00.028 in the 15-minute session, edging out the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Jordan Taylor by 0.547 seconds. The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-BMW of Memo Rojas qualified third overall and in class.
“It’s tough coming to these places and having no information,” said Cameron, who along with the team are in their first year of DP competition. “I never had been in a DP at Road America and neither had the team, so we didn’t really have any idea what to do.
“We had just been drawing what we’ve learned and what has been working so far. This weekend we showed up pretty good and we were kinda quickest out of the gate.”
Cameron’s No. 42 entry he shares with Wayne Nonnamaker is sporting BMW’s older-generation 5.0-liter V8 powerplant.
Both the No. 01 Ganassi entry and the Brickyard Grand Prix race-winning No. 2 Starworks Motorsport Riley are utilizing the new Dinan-tuned 4.5-liter unit, which received a 150 RPM limit reduction this weekend following a 1-2 finish last month at Indy.
Open-wheel star Sebastien Bourdais qualified the No. 4 8Star Motorsports Corvette DP in fourth, with the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette of Christian Fittipladi completing the top-five.
Scuderia Corsa’s Leh Keen took pole in GT, thanks to a 2:11.183 in his No. 63 Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am.
Keen, who is one of nine drivers pulling double-duty between this tomorrow’s Rolex Series round and the American Le Mans Series race on Sunday, edged out the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW of Paul Dalla Lana, who qualified an impressive second.
The No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche of Patrick Lindsey completed the top-three in class.
GX class pole honors went to the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda6 of Tom Long, who peddled his clean diesel-powered entry to a 2:19.310.
The GT/GX qualifying session was cut short early due to an accident by the No. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari of Christopher Ruud, who went off in Turn 8.
The VisitFlordia.com Sports Car 250 takes the green flag Saturday at 5 p.m. ET, Live! on SPEED.
RESULTS: QualifyingGRAND-AM, Sports Cars, Team Sahlen