O’Connell & Lee Grab World Challenge Poles
In GTS, Andy Lee took the GTS class pole in the No. 20 Best IT/Bondurant/Crown Seven Chevrolet Camaro. It is Lee’s fifth pole position of the 2013 season, set with a time of 55.036 seconds (96.416 mph) on his second lap of the 20-minute session.
“I didn’t think it would come that early, but I knew the car was fast from practice,” said Lee. “This pole is a combination of a lot of things. We have a great car, and the guys are working their tails off. We have qualifying down, it’s the races (that have led to a) 50/50 season.”
Lawson Aschenbach completed the Camaro 1-2. Aschenbach, driver of the No. 10 Blackdog Racing Chevrolet Camaro, had his best lap of 55.196. Class points leader Jack Baldwin in the No. 73 Motul/StopTech/Foametix Porsche Cayman S, lines up third with a best time of 55.390.
Mark Wilkins in the No. 38 KIA Motors America KIA Optima (55.492) and Steven Goldman in the No. 05 ZSA Motorsport & Trade Manage Porsche Cayman S (55.659) complete the top five on the grid.
Tom Long has the No. 60 LotusUSA/Taggart Autosport/LRR Lotus Exige sixth (55.660) ahead of the RealTime Racing teammates. Peter Cunningham lines up seventh in the No. 42 Acura/HPD/RealTime Racing Acura TSX (55.967), with Nick Esayian eighth in the No. 34 HPD/Acura/RealTime/Red Line Oil Acura TSX (56.456).
Robert Stout has taken the new Scion/TRD/Lucas Oil/E3 Spark Plug Scion FR-S up to ninth on the grid (56.924) with Aschenbach’s teammate, Tony Gaples 10th in the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro (56.970).
Of note, Alec Udell in the No. 17 Motorsports Development Ford Mustang Boss 302R, had an engine change and will start from the rear of the GTS class field for Round 8 on Friday. Udell set the fastest lap in Round Six at Detroit, and finished on the podium in Round Seven there.