A week after taking his first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series victory, Brian Frisselle secured his first career pole position in qualifying for the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen, shattering the Watkins Glen International short course record in the process.
Frisselle ran a lap of 1m 05.243s during the session and will lead the 20-car Daytona Prototype away from the start for round twelve of the season, a 200-mile race with a two-hour limit later today.
It was the second pole position for the #61 AIM Autosport Exchange Traded Gold Ford Riley, as Mark Wilkins qualified fastest for July's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
“We definitely have momentum on our side,” Frisselle said. “If you look at the last few races, Mark won the pole at Daytona, we were leading the race at Barber before our engine failure and we won last week at Montreal. It's finally coming together.
“We've been strong, but we got the monkey off our backs with our first win. That definitely helped the team. Now, everyone's ready to go after it.”
David Donohue, a three-time Daytona Prototype pole winner in 2008, was second fastest with a lap of 1m 05.740s in the #58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley. Donohue and co-driver Darren Law seemed likely to take victory last weekend at Montreal, but ran out of gas just short of the finish and finished third.
Sharing the second row will be Michael Valiante, who turned a time of 1m 06.027s in the #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara he co-drives with Max Angelelli, and Jon Fogarty, who posted a lap time of 1m 06.163s in the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley he co-drives with Alex Gurney. Fogarty set the track record last year with a lap of 1m 07.020s and he and Gurney are the defending race winners.
Memo Rojas, the series point co-leader with Scott Pruett, rounded out the top five in the #01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley. Rojas and Pruett earned one of their season-high six victories in June's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.
Rounding out the top ten were Mark Patterson, Bill Auberlen, Christian Fittipaldi, Ricky Taylor and John Pew. The top 13 qualifiers – which also included Shane Lewis, Nic Jonsson and Andy Lally – were all faster than the previous track record.