John Edwards (GS) and Remo Ruscitti (ST) secured the pole positions at Road America Friday, ahead of Saturday’s Round 9 of the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season.
Edwards set a flier of 2:22.590 in the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 to score his first and the Fall-Line team’s third pole of the season. Trent Hindman, Edwards’ co-driver, went back-to-back at Sebring and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier this year.
His pole also snaps a streak of three straight poles by the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R, achieved by Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport at Indianapolis, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Watkins Glen, respectively.
Billy Johnson was second in the No. 158 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R that he’ll share with Ian James; Matt Bell and Andy Lally in the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R line up third.
The No. 32 Phoenix American Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R of Andrew Aquilante and Kurt Rezzetano qualified fourth, with the second Stevenson Camaro – the No. 6 of Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell – rounding out the top five.
Ruscitti snatched the ST class pole right at the checkered flag in the No. 04 Autometrics Motorsports Porsche Cayman, for the car’s second consecutive pole. Teammate Adam Isman won his first career pole at Indianapolis two weeks ago.
Ruscitti ran a 2:31.178 on his final lap to erase what had been a scant 0.007 of a second deficit to Chad Gilsinger in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si. This marks Ruscitti’s first pole.
Gilsinger’s best time of 2:31.272 was still good enough for second in the car he’ll share with Michael Valiante. The team’s sister entry, the No. 92 Honda Civic Si qualified by Kevin Boehm that he’ll share with Peter Cunningham, will line up third (2:31.917).
Kyle Gimple slotted the No. 75 Compass360 Racing Honda Civic Si into fourth – he and Ryan Eversley share that car. Rounding out the top five is the No. 56 Murillo Racing Porsche Cayman, a new car for the team this race. Jeff Mosing qualified the car that he’ll share with points leader Eric Foss.
Saturday’s Round 9 of the 12-race season goes green at 12:15 p.m. CT/local time, (1:15 p.m. ET), with live streaming airing on IMSA.com.