Cameron, Team Sahlen on pole for GRAND-AM at Road America

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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.

IndyCar will eliminate double points from the 2020 season finale

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Though the NTT IndyCar Series hasn’t confirmed the date of its 2020 season finale, it has determined that double points won’t be in play.

An IndyCar official confirmed Monday to NBCSports.com that whether the season ends at Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, or on the streets of St. Petersburg, neither race will feature double points. Team owners were informed of the change during a conference call last week.

The news was first reported by RACER.com.

With the original 17-race schedule having been shortened by the cancellation of at least three races (Circuit of The Americas, Barber Motorsports Park, the Long Beach Grand Prix), using double points in the finale would have carried even greater weight (and perhaps more so if more races are unable to be run because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

IndyCar has been using double points at select races since the 2015 season. The 104th Indianapolis 500 will remain a double-points event.

In rescheduling the Indy 500 to Aug. 23 last week, IndyCar unveiled a revised schedule that listed Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as TBD for its season finale. The race originally had been scheduled to open the season before being called off because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

IndyCar CEO Mark Miles told reporters last week that St. Pete probably would be slotted into the first two weeks October after the Sept. 20 race at Laguna Seca that had been slated to be the season finale for the second consecutive year.