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.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.