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Ricky Taylor Crushes Field for COTA Pole

Ricky Taylor blitzed the field to claim the overall COTA pole…

Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

Ricky Taylor and Wayne Taylor Racing will start their No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R from the overall pole position after a dominating perfromance in qualifying for tomorrow’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas.

The WTR topped both practices on Thursday, but missed most of Practice Three Friday morning with minor problems.

Any issues they may have endured were a thing of the past by the time qualifying began, as Taylor turned in a lap of 1:54.809 which was an incredible 1.592 seconds clear of the second-place Nissan Onroak DPi of Johannes van Overbeek for Tequila Patron ESM.

Eric Curran led his Action Express Racing teammate Christian Fittipaldi to third and fourth on the grid, with Jose Gutierrez in the first of the global-spec LMP2 runners in fifth in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier JS P217 Gibson.

James French continued Performance Tech’s dominance of the three-car Prototype Challenge field, taking pole position by 2.960 seconds over Stefan Wilson in the first of the BAR1 entries, with the team’s sister Oreca FLM09 driven by Don Yount in third.

The Advance Auto Parts Sporscar Showdown is slated to go green at 1:35 p.m. CT tomorrow, with US television coverage on same-day delay at 7:00 p.m. ET on FS1. International audiences can stream the race live with IMSA Radio commentary at IMSA.tv.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is a pit reporter for SRO America's TV coverage as well as for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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