Enge, Baldwin on Pirelli World Challenge poles for St. Pete

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Tomas Enge and Jack Baldwin have earned the respective GT and GTS poles for today’s season-opening Pirelli World Challenge race on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Enge, who competed on the same 1.8-mile St. Pete street circuit as a member of the Verizon IndyCar Series back in 2005, set a new track record with at time of 1:13.429 (88.248 mph) in the No. 25 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo FL2.

Joining him on the GT front row will be another former IndyCar driver, Anthony Lazzaro, who qualified second in the No. 61 Remo Ferri Group Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 with a time of 1:13.691.

In GTS, Baldwin and defending class champion Lawson Aschenbach dueled for the pole before the former won out with a time of 1:23.453 in the No. 73 GTSport Porsche Cayman S. Aschenbach, driving the No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro, settled for P2 in GTS with a time of 1:23.879.

Today’s race – the first of two this weekend in St. Pete – will go off today at 3:10 p.m. ET on World-ChallengeTV.com. NBCSN will broadcast the St. Pete races on Sunday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE – ST. PETERSBURG, RACE NO. 1
GT/GTS Provisional Grid
(position/class/car number in parentheses/driver/hometown/car/fastest lap time/speed in mph)

1 – GT, (25), Tomas Enge, Liberec, Czech Rep, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 1:13.429, 88.248.

2 – GT, (61), Anthony Lazzaro, Atlanta, Ga., Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, 1:13.691, 87.934.

3 – GT, (94), Dane Cameron, Buford, Ga., BMW Z4, 1:13.860, 87.733.

4 – GT, (8), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V R, 1:14.621, 86.838.

5 – GT, (3), Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, Ga., Cadillac CTS-V R, 1:14.686, 86.763.

6 – GT, (16), Nick Mancuso(A), Chicago, Ill., Ferrari 458 GT3, 1:14.686, 86.763.

7 – GT, (24), Albert von Thurn und Taxis(A), Regensburg, Germany, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 1:14.749, 86.690.

8 – GT, (9), Alex Figge, Denver, Colo., McLaren 12C GT3, 1:14.853, 86.569.

9 – GT, (21), Andrew Palmer(A), Chicago, Ill., Audi R8 R8 Ultra, 1:14.943, 86.465.

10 – GT, (0), Marcelo Hahn(A), Sao Paulo, Brasil, Lamborghini Gallardo FL2, 1:15.114, 86.268.

GTS

1 – GTS, (73), Jack Baldwin, Marietta, Ga., Porsche Cayman, 1:23.453, 77.648.

2 – GTS, (1), Lawson Aschenbach, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:23.879, 77.254.

3 – GTS, (20), Andy Lee, Colorado Springs, Colo., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:24.526, 76.662.

4 – GTS, (50), Dean Martin, Westland, Mich., Ford Mustang Boss302, 1:24.941, 76.288.

5 – GTS, (33), Tony Buffomante, Naperville, Ill., Ford MustangBoss302, 1:25.402, 75.876.

6 – GTS, (60), Jack Roush Jr, Livonia, Mich., Ford MustangBoss302R, 1:25.722, 75.593.

7 – GTS, (02), Drew Regitz, Denver, Colo., Aston Martin GT4, 1:26.121, 75.243.

8 – GTS, (17), Alec Udell, The Woodlands, Texas, Ford Mustang Boss302, 1:26.205, 75.169.

9 – GTS, (51), Ric Bushey, Virgina Beach, Va., Nissan 370Z, 1:26.543, 74.876.

10 – GTS, (38), Mark Wilkins, Toronto, Ontario, Kia Optima, 1:26.602, 74.825.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.