Cameron on GRAND-AM Lime Rock pole; Pruett/Rojas starting from rear

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Dane Cameron put the No. 42 Team Sahlen BMW/Riley on pole for today’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series finale at Lime Rock Park, but the morning’s qualifying session also saw trouble for the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley – one of the contenders in the tightly contested Daytona Prototype championship battle.

Memo Rojas, who co-drives the No. 01 along with Scott Pruett, was expected to start seventh after bringing out the black flag at the end of the session for a spin (the subsequent penalty erased his fastest lap, which had been good for second).

But the team has been forced to change the engine on the machine, meaning that Rojas and Pruett will have to start from the back of the DP class grid. Rojas tweeted his sentiments on Twitter afterwards:

The Ganassi duo sits eight points back of the DP-leading No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette squad of Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli, who will start fifth on the grid for today’s event.

Joining Cameron on the front row will be the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette of Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, both of whom are also still in the hunt for the DP title at fourth and fifth in the standings respectively. The third-place duo on the table – the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team of Alex Fogarty and Jon Gurney – will start third for the race.

The GT field will be led to the green by the No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette after Lawson Aschenbach claimed pole in a fill-in role for one of the car’s regular drivers, Boris Said.

Starting second will be the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari of Leh Keen and Alessandro Balzan, who comes in four points behind the GT championship leaders, John Potter and Andy Lally from Magnus Racing. As for Potter and Lally, they will also have to rally this afternoon after they wound up 11th in qualifying.

Tom Long  (No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda 6) will start from pole in the GX class.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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