Michael Valiante has secured his third Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series pole position of the season at Infineon Raceway after Brian Frisselle was penalised for a technical infringement.
The Canadian posted a time of 1min 25.957secs in the SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara, but it was AIM Autosport's Frisselle who actually recorded the best time of 1min 25.659secs only to be moved to the back of the grid, along with the Krohn Racing Pontiac, after failing a post-qualifying technical inspection.
Instead, Valiante, and team-mate Max Angelelli will start on pole position and he is confident he can translate that into a victory.
"Starting on the pole is very important here, because the first corner is very sharp. I think we have a great car for this race because it's consistent. I think we can win this race. I was surprised by how quick we went, because it was a lot quicker than we went in practice."
David Donohue placed the Brumos Racing Porsche Riley second on the grid, ahead of Jon Fogarty, who joined Alex Gurney in winning last year's race at Infineon Raceway. He will be on the second row with Bill Auberlen in the Ruby Tuesday Porsche.
Six-time winners Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett will start fifth as they bid to protect a 49-point lead over Fogarty and Gurney, alongside Ricky Taylor and Burt Frisselle in the Brach's Ford Dallara.
John Pew, Brad Jaeger, Mark Patterson and Shane Lewis rounded out the top ten positions.