Jon Fogarty captured his sixth consecutive Daytona Prototype pole position of the season Thursday, scorching the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International short course with a track record lap of 1:07.020, 131.603 mph to take the top position for Friday's Crown Royal 200 at The Glen.
Fogarty gave the No. 99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Pontiac Riley its 11th front row start in 11 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve races. Fogarty has seven poles to two for his teammate, Alex Gurney, who took the top spot for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen here in June. Gurney also held the short course record of 1:07.496, established one year ago.
Fogarty broke the track mark with his first lap in the 15-minute session, and bettered it slightly on his second — and final — lap.
"The track record was not in my head when I went out," Fogarty said. "I was concentrating on getting a good out lap and running good laps in qualifying. I was pushing hard, and got in a good time. I came in because I didn't think I could improve, although I was waiting to go out in case someone else went faster. But, it seemed the track wasn't improving."
Joining Fogarty on the front row will be Nic Jonsson, who ran130.387 mph in the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley he co-drives with Colin Braun.
The session was yellow-flagged at the 11 minute mark, and did not resume.
Fogarty and Gurney enter the race nine points behind Daytona Prototype leader Scott Pruett, who will start 14th in the No. 01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley. Pruett tagged the Turn 11 tire wall during the second practice session, and co-driver Memo Rojas managed to turn in only two laps late in the qualifying session.
"Scotty hit the wall and banged up the car, and they only got in one or two qualifying laps," Fogarty said. "But, you never can count those guys out."
Max Angelelli, who is only two points behind Pruett, will start third in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley qualified by Memo Gidley.
Mark Wilkins qualified fourth in the No. 61 AIM Autosport Lexus Riley, followed by Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 39 Cheever Crown Royal Pontiac Fabcar.
Starting at the back of the 21-car field will be the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Porsche Fabcar of Patrick Long and Emmanuel Collard. The team missed qualifying repairing damage from the third practice session, when Collard went into a gravel trap at the Inner Loop.
The 82-lap race is set to take the green flag at 6:30 p.m. ET, with a two-hour time limit.