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Mueller Leads Ford GTLM Front Row Sweep

Dirk Mueller takes GTLM pole in No. 66 Ford GT…

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Dirk Mueller has led a Ford 1-2 sweep in GT Le Mans qualifying for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

The German driver reeled off a best time of 2:01.422 in the No. 66 Ford GT, outpacing teammate Ryan Briscoe by 0.781 seconds in a dominant qualifying run for the Blue Oval.

It marked Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s third class pole of the season and the first for Mueller since Road America last year.

Mueller will share driving duties with Joey Hand in the two-hour and 40-minute race, as the duo seek their first win since January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Alexander Sims qualified the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM in third, nearly eight-tenths slower than the class pole-sitting Ford, with the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR of Gianmaria Bruni and Martin Tomczyk’s No. 24 BMW completing the top-five.

Jeroen Mul, meanwhile, scored his first career pole in GT Daytona, taking the No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 to a quick lap of 2:06.649.

The Dutchman edged out the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 of Jesse Krohn by 0.174 seconds for Lamborghini’s second consecutive class pole and third of the season.

He will share driving duties with Corey Lewis tomorrow.

Patrick Lindsey qualified third in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, with Scott Pruett and Andrew Davis completing the top-five in class.

Both the No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 and No. 93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 did not set times, with the Acura undergoing a rebuild following Katherine Legge’s heavy crash in final practice this morning.

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase is set for 1:35 p.m. CT on Sunday with live coverage on FS1.

RESULTS: Qualifying

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