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Nasr Takes Pole in Wet, Wild Road America Qualifying

Felipe Nasr spins, qualifies on pole in challenging conditions at Road America…

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Felipe Nasr has scored pole in a wet and wild qualifying session for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Road America.

The Brazilian’s 2:07.919 lap time in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R outpaced the DPi championship-leading No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 of Ricky Taylor by 0.758 seconds.

Nasr was one of at least five cars to spin in the DPi/LMP2 qualifying session in treacherous conditions that also saw offs by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kevin Magnussen and an impact with the barriers by the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura DPi of Olivier Pla.

Both cars continued after their incidents, in what appeared to be overly increasingly wet conditions.

The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P of Oliver Jarvis qualified third, ahead of Magnussen and Tristan Vautier, who completed the top-five in the No. 5 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac.

Pla is set to roll off from sixth on the grid in his MSR Acura DPi, which sustained some light damage.

Keating, Goldburg, Taylor Take Class Poles

Ben Keating survived to take top pole honors for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports in LMP2, despite an early session spin.

Keating recorded a best time of 2:18.511 lap time in his No. 52 Oreca 07 Gibson, placing ahead of Steven Thomas, who also spun at one point,

Dan Goldburg out-dueled Gar Robinson to score Performance Tech Motorsports’ second consecutive class pole in LMP3.

Goldburg reeled off a 2:19.106 lap time on his final flying lap in wet conditions to edge out Robinson by 0.313 seconds. 

GT Le Mans pole honors went to the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R of Jordan Taylor, thanks to a 2:20.979 lap time in the class championship-leading entry.

Taylor outran teammate Nick Tandy by 0.691 seconds, with the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Cooper MacNeil mired down in the GTD Q2 times with a 2:24.174 lap time.

Telitz Scores Pole, Sets Fastest Lap Overall in Session

Aaron Telitz scored class pole in GT Daytona, which wound up as the quickest lap time out of all cars due to the change in track conditions.

The No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 was credited with a 2:07.195 lap time in Q1, prior to the arrival of the rain.

It was 0.667 seconds faster than the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Trent Hindman, who will start second in class.

Robby Foley will line up third in his No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, meanwhile.

The wet Q2 session was topped by Laurens Vanthoor in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche, with the Belgian scoring maximum qualifying points thanks to a 2:22.062 lap time.

Sunday’s two-hour and 40-minute race is set for a 1:40 p.m. ET start time with live coverage on Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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