CORVETTE RACING IN CANADA: Ricky Taylor On Overall Pole
Magnussen fifth in class for No. 3 Corvette C7.R; No. 4 car to change tires for start
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada – Ricky Taylor scored his second pole position of 2015 Friday with the fastest lap in qualifying for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance. His lap of 1:09.705 (126.998 mph) in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP gave him a 0.159-second advantage over Christian Fittipaldi in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP at the 2.459-mile, 10-turn Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
In GT Le Mans, Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen was fifth in the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with a lap of 1:15.325 (117.523 mph) in the car that he shares with Antonio Garcia. The duo is seeking to repeat as GTLM winners while Corvette Racing is going for its 12th victory at the circuit since 2001. That makes CTMP the team’s most successful track.
Oliver Gavin qualified seventh with a 1:15.463 (117.308 mph) Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R that he drives with Tommy Milner. They won in Canada two years ago in the final race here for the Corvette C6.R.
For Sunday’s race, the No. 4 Corvette will cede its grid position to start on four new Michelin tires. The race features two faster Prototype classes and the GTLM category. Per TUDOR United SportsCar Championship rules, cars that change more than one tire must start from the back of the class grid.
Taylor became the first driver to win two Prototype pole positions in the TUDOR Championship this year; he was the fastest qualifier at Long Beach in April.
Corvette DPs held four of the top five spots in qualifying. After Fittipaldi’s lap of 1:09.864 (126.709 mph), Michael Valiante was fourth in the championship-leading VisitFlorida.com Racing No. 90 Corvette DP with a lap of 1:10.399 (125.746 mph). Action Express Racing’s Eric Curran was next in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP at 1:10.508 (125.552 mph).
The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance is set for 12:05 p.m. ET on Sunday with live TV coverage at noon ET on FOX Sports 1. Flag-to-flag radio coverage also will be available via IMSA Radio.
CORVETTE RACING QUOTES
JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED FIFTH: “he track was in really poor condition compared to what we had this morning. For sure the Continental Tire series race put down a lot of rubber, and it got warmer which makes it just slippery and unresponsive. It’s a little bit frustrating, to be honest. We lost a second from this morning. This is not what we had hoped for. I think we have a better Corvette C7.R than this. Hopefully it will show in the race.”
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R – QUALIFIED SEVENTH: “We maybe just missed it with the pressures in the tire. They were only just there on the last couple of laps. It’s something we need to go back to look at and see how we got there. It’s very close and tight. It should be a good fight in the race. Our cars have had a huge amount of success here. We’re hoping for more of that tomorrow.”
CORVETTE DAYTONA PROTOTYPE QUOTES
RICKY TAYLOR, WAYNE TAYLOR RACING NO. 10 KONICA MINOLTA CORVETTE DP – POLE WINNER: “Qualifying has been real competitive this year. I had heard that there had not been a repeat pole winner so far this season until this weekend. That definitely made me want to be the first one especially coming off a bad weekend at Watkins Glen. We wanted to rebound as strongly as we could with all of our Konica Minolta partners here. I think we have 100 people here from Konica Minolta so we’re really looking forward to a good performance this weekend. I think our car has been really strong all weekend – especially in race trim. We’ll look to be this good in trim tomorrow.
“I think the race is going to be interesting. The times have been really close all weekend. Someone told me this is the first Corvette on pole overall at this track. But it is a battle between three or four Corvettes up there that are going to be really close. I think it is going to be tough to overtake without traffic and almost impossible to overtake without someone making a mistake. When we get into the PC and GTLM traffic it is going to be a balance of taking a little risk and creating a little gap, or creating an overtaking opportunity and keeping yourself in the race. It is going to be quite a balance. I think from my stint, I just need to keep the car clean and give it to Jordan (Taylor) in one piece and then he can go be aggressive against (Richard) Westbrook, (Joao) Barbosa and all those guys.”
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, ACTION EXPRESS RACING NO. 5 MUSTANG SAMPLING CORVETTE DP – QUALIFIED SECOND: “That was a good run. We are happy to be starting on the front row. We were aiming for pole, but obviously that didn’t happen. Hats off to the No. 10 guys. They did an excellent job. Maybe testing here on Tuesday prior to the race helped them out a little bit. But by no means can we complain. I am thankful to the team, Chevy and Joao, and tomorrow I think we have a solid car and a huge race for us to try and capitalize as much as we can on points.”
ERIC CURRAN, ACTION EXPRESS RACING NO. 31 WHELEN ENGINGEERING/TEAM FOX CORVETTE DP – QUALIFIED FIFTH: “Qualifying went okay. It didn’t go great for me. We qualified P5. But I thought we had a little more in the car. We got a little screwed up because the No. 01 wasn’t very friendly out there and hung me out to dry pretty good on of course my quickest lap. It is what it is. We still kind of chugged along. We maybe missed the setup a little bit. We maybe changed it a little too much for qualifying. But we have a fast race car and we’ve proven how fast we’ve been all weekend. I think we are going to have a really good and consistent and fast No. 31 Whelen Corvette tomorrow. We will keep chugging away at it. I think we will be looking good tomorrow.”
Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance (all times ET)
- TUDOR Warmup: 8 a.m., Sunday, July 12
- Race: 12:05 p.m., Sunday, July 12 (FOX Sports 1)
Release Date: July 11, 2015