Mount, Snow, Buford claim Michelin Encore class poles

November 10, 2019

Mount, Snow, Buford claim Michelin Encore class poles

November 10, 2019

Some last lap drama spiced up the end of the qualifying session for today’s Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore (12:05 p.m. ET, IMSA Radio and IMSA.TV) from Sebring International Raceway.

On his 10th and final lap of the qualifying session using a combination of MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport GT S8M (fronts) and S9M (rears) commercial tires, Performance Tech Motorsports’ Blake Mount took the No. 6 Ligier JS P3 to the pole position. He will share the car with Dan Goldburg and Baylor Griffin in today’s four-hour race (photo courtesy Sebring International Raceway).

“Thankfully this qualifying session track conditions stayed consistent. The tires came to me. The Michelin tires were great,” Mount said. “I cooled them for a lap, had one lap left, then I could give it all I had and that got the pole.”

Mount is working with a couple different drivers this weekend after primarily racing alongside Max Hanratty this season in IMSA Prototype Challenge LMP3 competition. Hanratty’s teammate Cameron Cassels qualified second in the No. 75 car, albeit only 0.012 of a second adrift (1:59.774 to 1:59.786).

“I still feel like I’m a rookie to the series even though I’m not a rookie anymore. It’s helping a lot of people out and working with the Performance Tech team to help them learn even more.”

Joel Janco qualified the No. 47 Forty7 Motorsports Norma M30 third, in the car he shares with longtime co-driver and driver coach Jonatan Jorge and third driver Tristan Nunez, the Mazda factory DPi ace making a cameo appearance this weekend. Jorge coached Nunez through his upbringing.

Madison Snow (No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo) took the GT3 pole in his racing return at 2:01.027. He shares the car with Bryan Sellers. The pair won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in GTD here in 2018, a win that helped propel them to that year’s season championship.

Jade Buford (No. 40 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4) took the GT4 pole in the “50 shades of pink” car he shares with James Pesek and Shane Lewis. Buford’s time was 2:11.664.

“We knew we had a good set up coming into the weekend, so with a condensed schedule that helped things,” Buford said. “Qualifying, the track feels good and the tires came in nice. Not as much rubber now as there was earlier in the year. Hopefully the track comes to us.”

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