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Road America: Ricky Taylor Gives Cadillac Fifth Pole Of 2017

Ford lock out GTLM front row

Ricky Taylor, driving the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DP1-V.E gave the manufacturer its fifth pole-position of 2017 and the fourth for the car he shares with brother Jordan.

The Taylor brothers are currently leading the Prototype Drivers Standings by 19 points over Christian Fittipaldi and João Barbosa, drivers of the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac.

Ricky Taylor set a time of 1:53.058 on his third lap out of seven, beating the quickest lap-time he set in practice by over 1.5 seconds. Starting alongside Taylor on the front-row for Sunday’s race will be Jose Gutierrez in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier LMP2 who set a 1.54.075 on his fifth lap.

Qualifying in third in the Prototype category with a time of 1:54.088 was Scott Sharp in the #2 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi

Taylor was delighted at the lap.

“The car was beautiful today,” said Taylor. “The team gave me a very good qualifying car. Obviously this is just one lap and we had fifteen minutes to do it in but I think tomorrow is going to be a different story. There’s a lot of good cars and once the finishing guys get in there, I’m sure it’s going to be really hard fight. We’ll enjoy this for now. It’s good to have a really good starting position.”

Taylor was quick to praise the Konica Minolta team for the work it had done to continually finding speed in the car following BoP adjustments.

“We’ve been (given) lower downforce at every track since Daytona and Daytona is normally as low as you can go,” said Taylor “With every change that we’ve been given, the team keeps finding other ways to go fast. No matter how many times these guys win, it’s never enough. It’s thanks to them that we have this result here today.”

In Prototype Challenge, James French, driving the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09 took the fifth class pole-position of the season for the Florida-based team, and his tenth in the Championship, with a 1:59.149. Second in the PC qualifying session was the #20 BAR1 Motorsports entry in which Don Yount lapped in 2:02.128.

“It’s great to have it at my home event” said French. “I’m happy we got a break from the weather. It’s finally stopped raining on us and we got some sunshine. I can’t thank the team enough. I had a fantastic car and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Ford locked out the front row in the GT Le Mans category when Dirk Mueller, driving the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, took pole with a 2:01.422 set on his fourth lap of five. Staring alongside Mueller will be the sister #67 car in which Ryan Briscoe was .781 seconds slower than the #66 car with a 2:02.203

“I was on pole here last and we had really tough luck on the opening lap,” said Mueller. “I think it’s unfinished business so that’s why we were really looking forward to this one. I personally really love being at Road America. I’ve done well here but now it’s all about tomorrow”

Third quickest in the GTLM class was Alexander Sims, driving the #25 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM in which he lapped in 2:02.298.

The GT Daytona class saw its seventh different entry of the season when Jeroen Mul, driving the #16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3, lapped quickest in the GT3 category with a 2:06.649. Three different manufactures will occupy the front of the GTD grid with Jesse Krohn qualifying the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 second in class with a 2:06.823 and Patrick Lindsey putting the #73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R third on the GTD grid with a 2:07.149.

The lights go out for the start of the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America at 13:35 local time on Sunday August 6.