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Valiante takes pole.

Michael Valiante has become the fourth driver in as many Grand Am Rolex Series races this season after earning pole for the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway.

Valiante's time of 1m 43.329s put the #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara on pole; the team's first since March 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It also gives Valiante and co-driver Max Angelelli an advantage as they look to defend the team's Virginia International Raceway Rolex Series triumph.

Valiante inherited the pole after current Rolex Series Daytona Prototype point co-leader Memo Rojas and the #01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley failed post-qualifying technical inspection. The #01 and the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley, which was originally qualified fourth by Jon Fogarty, had their times disallowed as the wing measurements were out of Grand-Am rules parameters. Rojas and Fogarty will start at the tail of the field.

The pole for the #10 is also the first for the new Dallara and comes a week after the team suffered extensive damage to the car in an accident in the Mexico City 250. Valiante and Angelelli also hope their efforts reward them after posting back-to-back finishes outside the top 10.

The shuffle moves Brian Frisselle and the #61 AIM Autosport Exchange Traded Gold Ford Riley into the outside front row starting position, the second straight for Frisselle and co-driver Mark Wilkins.

David Donohue will start third in the #58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley while Joey Hand in the #23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team Porsche Crawford moved into the fourth starting position. Ricky Taylor, son of SunTrust Racing car owner Wayne Taylor, rounds out the top five in the debut of the #19 Beyer Motorsports Ultimate Linings/Lenox Ford Crawford. All five drivers bested the series' previous track qualifying record set last April by Colin Braun and the #75 Krohn Racing team.

Dominik Farnbacher spent 34 hours in transit before getting to Virginia International Raceway for Saturday's practice and qualifying, but the wait was well worth it as he recorded a track record of 1m 53.401s in the #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 in the GT qualifying session.

Coming off its victory in the Mexico City 250, Stevenson Motorsports continued its momentum by putting its two cars second and third. Andrew Davis drove the #57 Stevenson Motorsports Stevenson Automotive/BryanMark Financial Porsche GT3 to second, while James Gue garnered third in the #97 Stevenson Automotive Corvette (1:53.612; 103.616 mph).

Stevenson Motorsports moved up after Kelly Collins and the #07 Banner Racing Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R failed post-qualifying technical inspection. Collins was originally scheduled to start second in the car before a post-qualifying infraction – the car was too low in the front – forced him to move to the tail of the field. The #88 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3, originally qualified 16th by Steve Johnson, also moved to the back of the starting grid after failing to post minimum weight.

Rolex 24 at Daytona co-winner Nick Ham in the #70 SpeedSource Mazdaspeed/Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 will start fourth, while Tom Long – in his second career Rolex Series start – will start fifth in the #21 Matt Connolly Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R.


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The all-new #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara DP-01 chassis of Wayne Taylor Racing
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (left) to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jo Fogarty, drivers of the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (right) finish in second place. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Robin Liddell, drivers of the # 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R., race to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Grand Touring (GT) class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Matt Bell, drivers of the # 9 Camaro GS.R, race to second place Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
Derek Johnston [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Borcheller/Barbosa - Action Express Racing Porsche Riley [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
The No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote that will be tested by 2009 Radical European Masters Champion Derek Johnston at Virginia International Raceway
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
NASCAR stars Marcos Ambrose and Carl Edwards test Doran at VIR   [pic credit: BAM Media]
Fogarty/Gurney - GAINSCO Racing [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas - TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas - TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Michael Valiante/Joh Pew - Michael Shank Racing Riley-Ford   [pic credit: Grand-Am]

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