Dane Cameron won the pole for tomorrow’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event at Road America, the first of two big sports car races taking place this weekend at the Wisconsin road course. Cameron put the No. 42 Team Sahlen BMW/Riley he co-drives with Wayne Nonnamaker at the front of the VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 grid with a track-record lap at 2 minutes, 0.028 seconds.
That marks a bit of history for Team Sahlen, which becomes the first team to earn poles in all four of GRAND-AM’s major classes: The Rolex Series’ Daytona Prototype and Grand Touring, and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge’s Grand Sport and Street Tuner.
Joining Cameron and Nonnamaker on the front row will be the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli. Taylor got the No. 10 machine to second on the grid thanks to a lap of 2 minutes, 0.575 seconds.
The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 01 BMW/Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will roll off third, followed by the No. 4 8Star Motorsports Corvette DP of IndyCar’s Sebastien Bourdais and Emilio DiGuida in fourth. Rolex Series points leaders Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel will start seventh in the No. 2 Starworks BMW/Riley.
In GT, the pole went to the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 of Leh Keen and Alessandro Balzan. Keen set a GT track record with a lap of 2 minutes, 11.183 seconds, enabling the No. 63 to beat the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 of Paul Dalla Lana, Bill Auberlen and Billy Johnson for P1 in the class.
The No. 70 Speedsource Mazda6 of Tom Long and Sylvain Tremblay claimed pole in GX with a lap of 2 minutes, 19.310 seconds.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists
IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.