Scott Maxwell will start Saturday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race from the top spot after storming to his fourth pole of the season in qualifying Friday at Road America.
The Multimatic Motorsports driver took his No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C to a best lap of 2:22.487, edging out Lime Rock polesitter Danny Burkett by 0.488 seconds.
It marked Maxwell’s 14th career pole, extending his record earned at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last month, and puts he and GS championship co-leader Billy Johnson in prime position for their fourth victory of the season tomorrow.
Burkett’s 2:22.975 was less than one-tenth quicker than the No. 76 C360R Ford of Paul Holton, who qualified third.
Till Bechtolsheimer (CJ Wilson Racing) and Peter Ludwig (Muehlner Motorsports) competed the top-five in class.
Andy Lee, meanwhile, scored his first career ST class pole in only his second qualifying attempt.
Lee took his No. 22 Kris Wright Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman to a fast lap of 2:32.062, edging out the No. 84 Bimmerworld BMW M328i of Tyler Cooke by just 0.010 seconds.
Cooke’s time came on the final lap of the 15-minute qualifying session, which was truncated due to a red flag for the No. 7 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche of Sam Adams, who stopped on track.
It set up a seven-minute shootout to the checkered flag, which saw most drivers complete two additional laps.
Lee will share the wheel of his Goldcrest-run Porsche with Kris Wright tomorrow.
The No. 25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 of Chad McCumbee will start third in class, thanks to a 2:32.191 lap.
The two-hour and 30-minute Continental Tire Challenge race gets underway Saturday at 11:35 a.m. CT.