Franck Montagny secured the best qualifying performance of the American Le Mans Series campaign for the Andretti Green Racing team after setting the pace amongst the LMP2 teams at Road America.
The Frenchman, partnered in the #26 XM Satellite Acura by James Rossiter after the Briton inked a deal to join the AGR squad, set a best time of 1min 47.345secs during the session which left him second only to the Audi of Lucas Luhr on the timesheets.
Not only was that good enough to secure the LMP2 pole for the race, it also allowed Montagny to beat the previous best class performance by well over a second.
“I think Acura did a great job improving the car,” the former F1 racer admitted. “It just shows how hard they have been working to give us good equipment. Now we need to get them a good result in the race.
"This track is very good. It's a proper road-racing track for America. It is closer to what we race in Europe. I didn't like the Lime Rock track and I thought Mid-Ohio was better. This circuit is even better than Mid-Ohio. Our XM Acura has been improving with each race for me, and I am getting used to the car and the team. I am really enjoying racing in the American Le Mans Series. This is the most fun I have had in racing. The atmosphere is so much different than in Europe. It is a friendly place to race.
“The XM team has been making very good changes with the car. James is given us good feedback. I think he is a good driver and will help the team. I like our position on the front row and we'll have a good chance to win on Saturday.”