Grid Set for Saturday’s Continental Tire 150 at The Glen
Alex Gurney piloted the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP to record the fastest lap of all GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series practice sessions.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – Tonis Kasemets brought Aston Martin its first pole position in GRAND-AM competition on Friday, leading qualifying for Saturday’s Continental Tire 150 at Watkins Glen International, the seventh race of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season.
“I had to drive for my life,” Kasemets said of his qualifying effort. “It was really difficult, but the car feels really good. I used all the stuff I had in my brain to do it. The boys did a good job with the car and it was a perfect lap.”
In Street Tuner, late addition Sylvain Tremblay jumped into the No. 8 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 and put it on the pole with a lap of 2:09.783/94.31 mph. Mike Collins will co-drive the car in Saturday’s race.
Tremblay denied Corey Fergus his third ST pole in four races. The rookie will start on the outside of the front row after running a lap of 2:09.923/94.21 mph in the No. 197 RSR Motorsports Honda Civic co-driven by Owen Trinkler.
Practice Makes Perfect for Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
Alex Gurney, in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, posted the quickest lap of Friday’s three practice sessions with a best lap of 1:42.532 (119.377 mph). In the final session, Gurney led the sweep of Corvette DP’s leading Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP (1:42.74, 119.328 mph) and Antonio Garcia in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP 91:42.612, 119.284 mph).
Jon Fogarty, Gurney’s co-driver, will be competing for the pole position on Saturday.
Gates open at 7 a.m. on Saturday and tickets are available for purchase now by visiting the WGI Ticket Office on County Route 16. Follow all of the action of Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (June 29-July 1) by visiting the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Download The Glen’s free mobile app on your Sprint phone from iTunes or for your Android mobile device.