Maxwell Takes Record 13th Pole In Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C
Friday, July 8, 2016

Having home track advantage paid off for Scott Maxwell, as the Toronto driver became the all-time leading TOTAL Pole Award winner in the 16-year history of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Driving the No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C prepared in Toronto by Multimatic Motorsports and co-driven by Billy Johnson, Maxwell ran a fast lap of 1:27.574 (101.0 mph), winning his second consecutive pole and third of the season.

“It’s nice to get the record, especially here at Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park),” said Maxwell, who surpassed Matt Bell atop the all-time qualifying list. “More than anything, it’s great for the team – it shows they’re doing a great job. I was surprised I had that many poles.

“I haven’t really been the qualifying driver for much of my career – mostly the last few years with Billy – I’m letting him do the heavy lifting and I’m having fun with qualifying. Today in qualifying it was an OK lap – I was hoping to be on the front row – and I was a bit surprised to hear I was on the pole. But it’s all going to come down to the last half hour of the race, when the gloves are off.”

Canadian Danny Burkett of Winnipeg qualified second with a lap of 1:27.768 (100.8 mph) in the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing ONE Capital Management/MotorOilMatters.org Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Toronto-based C360R was third, with Paul Holton running 1:27.974 (100.6 mph) in the No. 76 AERO Advanced Paint Technology/Children’s Tumor Foundation Ford Shelby GT350R-C.

Clay Takes BimmerWorld BMW To Third Pole Of 2016

Persistence paid off for BimmerWorld Racing. After experiencing mechanical issues early in both of Friday’s practice sessions, team owner James Clay took command in qualifying, turning a lap of 1:33.048 to capture the third TOTAL Pole Award of the season for the No. 84 OPTIMA Batteries BMW 328i.

“It’s been a super-rough day,” said Clay, who won his first career pole at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after co-driver Tyler Cooke was on the pole at Sebring. “We saw something in the data from yesterday’s test day that we didn’t like, so we changed the motor last night. Then we had both of today’s sessions cut short with oil issues, but the guys have been on it for 10 hours straight. That’s why we’re on the pole.”

Chad McCumbee came up short on his final lap in the No. 25 Freedom Autosport ModSpace Mazda MX-5 co-driven by Stevan McAleer, missing the pole by 0.116 seconds with a lap of 1:33.164 (95.0 mph). Third was Chad Gilsinger with a lap of 1:33.174 (95.0 mph) in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si co-driven by Ryan Eversley.

Saturday’s schedule includes Round 5 of the Continental Tire SportsCar Championship at 12:25 p.m.

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