Corvette vs. Viper on tap again for ALMS at Road America?

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The exciting duel between Corvette Racing and the SRT Motorsport Vipers at the American Le Mans Series’ most recent race in Canada may see a rematch tomorrow at Road America.

In this morning’s qualifying session for tomorrow’s Orion Energy Systems 245 for the ALMS, Jonathan Bomarito stuck the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R on the GT class pole, beating out the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6 ZR1 of Antonio Garcia for the top spot. Bomarito’s lap of 2 minutes, 3.410 seconds was enough to earn him his second consecutive pole in GT.

Almost three weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Corvette’s Tommy Milner and SRT’s Dominik Farnbacher delivered a fantastic battle that went all the way to the finish before Milner emerged the GT victor by less than three-tenths of a second. It proved to be the highlight of the race, as the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing squad of Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf ran away with the P1/overall win in a romp.

And it looks like the Muscle Milk men could be on line for another dominant day on Sunday. Luhr won the P1/overall pole in the No. 6 HPD ARX-03c with a lap of 1 minute, 51.460 seconds around the sprawling Wisconsin track. He and Graf have collected four consecutive overall wins in the ALMS going into this weekend.

In the P2 category, Level 5 Motorsports’ Marino Franchitti earned the pole there with a time of 1 minute, 54.806 seconds in the No. 552 HPD ARX-03b. Guy Cosmo was good enough for second on the P2 grid in the No. 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry, while Simon Pagenaud – filling in for the injured Ryan Briscoe was third-quickest in Level 5’s sister entry, the No. 551.

CORE Autosport’s Colin Braun (1 minuted, 57.630 seconds) and Flying Lizard’s Spencer Pumpelly (2 minutes, 11.931 seconds) earned the pole in the Prototype Challenge and GTC categories, respectively.

Sunday’s ALMS race will be the second of two acts in this weekend’s sports car extravaganza at Road America. This afternoon, GRAND-AM takes center stage, with the Rolex Series’ VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 taking the green shortly after 5 p.m. ET. Dane Cameron won the pole for that race yesterday.