Stephen Simpson Takes first IMSA TUDOR pole

BY foxsports • July 24, 2015

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (AP) South Africa's Stephen Simpson raced to his first IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship pole Friday, topping qualifying for Saturday's Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock Park.

Simpson had a lap at 108.172 mph in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA that held up during a qualifying session that included a stoppage for an incident involving Todd Slusher's No. 16 BAR1 Motorsports entry and ended with light rain falling on the 1.5-mile circuit.

Simpson was followed by James French in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry with a lap of 106.775 mph. French's co-driver is rising star Conor Daly.

Chris Cumming, who turned a lap of 106.200 mph in the No. 11 RSR Racing car he shares with former Indy 500 pole-sitter Bruno Junqueira, qualified third. All the Prototype Challenge cars use ORECA FLM09 chassis and Chevrolet V-8 engines.

In the GT Daytona class, the other IMSA class running Saturday, Dion von Moltke ran a lap of 98.259 mph in his No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS, edging out Ben Keating's 98.243 mph in his No. 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R.