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Riley Motorsports driver Cameron Lawrence swiped the GT Daytona (GTD) TOTAL Pole Award away from second-place qualifier Spencer Pumpelly on the final lap of Friday’s qualifying session, posting a best lap of 1:38.295 (93.026 mph).
Lawrence, who co-drives the No. 93 TI Automotive/Viper Exchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R with Marc Goossens and Al Carter, has won two of the three races Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup events they’ve competed in this year, winning most recently at the Six Hours of The Glen.
“Definitely an interesting way to get my first pole the way the weather is.” said Thomas. ” It’s been tricky working with this rain, we weren’t sure what we were going to get.
“It’s been our goal since Daytona to focus on the [Tequila] Patrón [North American] Endurance Cup. We’ve just been working on the segments as best as we can. We try to come away with the maximum points we can at each race.”
Qualifying the No. 73 Park Place Porsche/UiS Porsche 911 GT America second with a time of 1:38.886 (92.470 mph) was Pumpelly, who co-drives the Park Place Porsche entry with Patrick Lindsey. This would have been the team’s second pole of the season, after Lindsey captured the TOTAL Pole Award in August at Road America.
Third in the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT America with a time of 1:38.889 (92.458 mph) was Leh Keen, just 0.013 seconds behind Pumpelly. Keen, who is an Atlanta, Georgia native, will share the Alex Job Racing entry with regular co-driver Cooper MacNeil and fellow Georgian Andrew Davis. Earlier in the day, Davis won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship earlier in the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R with co-driver Robin Liddell.