Helio Castroneves took pole position for the TireRack.com Grand Prix, the start of which will be given this Saturday on the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. As a reminder, this is the second round of the Endurance Michelin Cup in IMSA after the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The three-time Indianapolis 500-mile winner clocked 1: 08.674 behind the wheel of his # 7 Acura ARX-05 and he was 0.056 seconds ahead of Felipe Nasr’s Cadillac DPi-V.R, the # 31 Action Express Racing. This car had the two fastest times in free practice yesterday. This is Castroneves' second pole position this season.
The second Acura DPi, Dane Cameron's # 6, qualified in third place, ahead of the two Mazda RT24-P's, Tristan Nunez's # 77 ahead of Harry Tincknell's # 55. Championship leader Wayne Taylor Racing's # 10 Cadillac DPi qualified in seventh behind JDC Miller's # 5 Cadillac of French Sébastien Bourdais.
Patrick Kelly, on ORECA 07 # 52 PR1 / Mathiasen Motorsports, took pole position in the LMP2 category, which has only two cars this weekend …
Porsche took pole position in a big GTLM battle. Nick Tandy's 911 RSR # 911 completed a 1: 16.167, 0.014 seconds ahead of Antonio Garcia's # 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R. This is the German manufacturer's third pole this season. Garcia's teammate Tommy Milner finished third in the # 4 Corvette C8.R followed by Laurens Vanthoor's # 912 Porsche 911 RSR. The two BMW M8 GTEs of the RLL team bring up the rear, but the six GTLMs are only two tenths of a second apart!
Frankie Montecalvo took pole position in GTD, scoring the third pole in four races for AIM Vasser Sullivan and Lexus. He achieved a time of 1: 19.757 with his # 12 Lexus RC F GT3 which he will share with Townsend Bell and Aaron Telitz. The # 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo of Madison Snow's Paul Miller Racing qualified in second, ahead of Jan Heylen (Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R # 16). Eleven of the twelve GTDs entered set a qualifying time, with the # 44 Lamborghini Magnus GRT opting out of qualifying to save tires for the race.
The times are HERE.
The TireRack.com Grand Prix at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will begin on Saturday at 5:35 p.m. French time. The race can be watched on IMSA TV…