Dalziel takes TUDOR United SportsCar Total pole award on final lap


Ryan Dalziel waited until his final lap in Saturday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying session to capture the TOTAL Pole Award for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

Dalziel ran a lap of one minute, 55.166 seconds (126.537 mph) in the No. 1 Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b/Honda co-driven by Scott Sharp to capture his second consecutive Prototype (P) pole position – becoming the first two-time TOTAL Pole Award winner in the class.

The race, Round 10 of the TUDOR Championship, takes the green flag at 1:15 p.m. CT (FOX Sports 1, same day delay, 6:30 p.m. ET).

“I knew from my first lap that the car was going to be fast,” Dalziel said. “But much like (the Brickyard Grand Prix at) Indy, it was shocking to win the pole. To be honest, I’d be happy with second, but when I saw the predictor on my last lap I saw it was a pole at that point. There were things on that last lap I don’t ever want to do again.”

Indianapolis race winner Christian Fittipaldi qualified second in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP co-driven by Joao Barbosa, 1:55.961 (125.670 mph). He was followed by Olivier Pla, running a lap of 1:56.019 (125.607 mph) in the No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan/Nissan co-driven by Gustavo Yacaman.

Fittipaldi and Barbosa enter the race leading brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor by two points (249-247) in the Prototype standings. Ricky Taylor was the fourth-fastest qualifier with a lap of 1:56.175 (125.438 mph) in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP.

Richard Westbrook originally qualified second with a lap of 1:55.487 (126.186 mph) in the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP co-driven by Michael Valiante, but the car failed the stall test in post-qualifying inspection and will start the race from the rear of the field.