Cameron takes DP pole at Road America

August 9, 2013

Cameron takes DP pole at Road America

August 9, 2013

grandam_poleYoung Atlanta racer Dane Cameron wasn’t scheduled to qualify at Road America in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series today but a last minute decision from his BMW-powered Team Sahlen squad certainly paid off in qualifying.

Cameron scored the pole with a time of 2:00.028. He’ll share the car in tomorrow’s GRAND-AM Rolex Series event with Wayne Nonnamaker.

“It was an off-the-cuff decision,” said Cameron, who won his second career pole and first in the Daytona Prototype class.

“Team Sahlen has always been strong at Road America, and we unloaded much closer on the setup than usual and we were quick right out of the gate.”

Jordan Taylor’s three-race pole-winning streak ended with second place today – nearly 5/10ths off Cameron’s stunning time.

“We’re here for the win, not the pole,” Taylor said. “I still start second, so I’ll have a good view at the start. I think we’ve got a good car for the race.”

Memo Rojas will start third in the Ganassi car he shares with Scott Pruett while Sebastien Bourdais qualified fourth in the No. 4 8Star Motorsports Corvette DP co-driven by Emilio DiGuida.

Class pole positions went to Leh Keen in GT with a lap of 2:11.183 (111.088 mph) in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458. That shattered Nonnamaker’s two-year-old GT track record by more than three seconds.

Tom Long took his fourth pole of the season in the GX class for Mazda.

Tomorrow’s 2 hour, 45 minute GRAND-AM Rolex Series race greets the green flag at 5:00pm on Saturday.

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