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Daskalos Set to Start from Pole for Race 1 at Sonoma

Jason Daskalos to start from pole for opening GT America powered by AWS race of season…

Photo: Brian Cleary/SRO

Jason Daskalos is set to start from the pole for the opening GT America powered by AWS race of the weekend at Sonoma Raceway, despite setting the second quickest time in Saturday’s one-and-only practice/qualifying session.

Daskalos, in the No. 27 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo, reeled off a best time of 1:34.933, which was 0.065 seconds slower than pace-setter Elias Sabo in the No. 8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Evo.

Sabo, a late addition to the GT America entry list, however, is not slated to take part in either of the races and used the 30-minute session for additional track time according to a Flying Lizard spokesperson.

Johnny O’Connell set the third quickest time in the session in his No. 3 SKI Autosports Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, followed by George Kurtz and Justin Rothberg for CrowdStrike by Riley and Turner Motorsport, respectively.

The session marked the first track action for the series since emergency track repairs that canceled all of the day’s running on Thursday and Friday.

Aaron Farhadi was quickest of the GT2 cars in the No. 127 TPC Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2, which placed ahead of the GT4 pace-setting No. 098 Rotek Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport of Isaac Sherman, who was another last-minute addition.

The No. 25 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Gray Newell was second quickest in class, meanwhile.

The first 40-minute race of the weekend is scheduled for a 1:40 p.m. PDT (4:40 p.m. EDT) start time with live coverage on SRO’s GT World YouTube page.

RESULTS: Practice 2

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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