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IMSA: Braun breaks own track record to win pole at CTMP

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Colin Braun broke his own track record to win the pole position for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Saturday afternoon, edging out Helio Castroneves’ Acura Team Penske ARX-05 for the top spot by 0.074 seconds.

Braun’s lap time of 1 minute, 5.452 seconds around the 2.459-mile road course was enough to break the previous track record for IMSA prototypes of 1 minute, 6:315 seconds, which Braun set last year. In addition, Braun’s pole was the first pole of the season for CORE Autosport.

Watkins Glen winner Jonathan Bomarito qualified third in the No. 55 Team Joest Mazda RT24-P.

UPDATE: Helio Castroneves will start the race from the pole position in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 after the No. 54 CORE Autosport entry was moved to the rear of the DPi grid. The team forfeited their starting position when they elected to change tires and their starting driver to Jon Bennett.

Masson wins LMP2 pole

The LMP2 class pole honors would easily go to Kyle Masson in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson, who beat the only other class entry of local driver Dalton Kellett in the PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport entry by a half a second. This weekend marks the sports car debut of Kellett, who is a regular in Indy Lights competition.

Krohn takes GTLM class pole 

In GT Le Mans, Jesse Krohn ran a lap of 1 minute, 13.086 seconds to claim the class pole in his BMW M8 GTE for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, beating out RLL teammate Tom Blomqvist by almost a half a second. Ryan Briscoe qualified third in the No. 67 Ford GT for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Foley narrowly edges Keating for GTD pole

Robby Foley won the GT Daytona pole with a lap of 1 minute, 16.172 seconds. in the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 for Turner Motorsport. Foley narrowly beat Ben Keating’s Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports entry for the top spot by 0.081 seconds. Trent Hindman qualified third in class, with a lap of 1 minute, 16.353 seconds in the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 for Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian.

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Raceday coverage of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park begins Sunday at 1:00 P.M. E.T. on NBC.

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Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.