BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – One weekend ago at Watkins Glen Int’l, Ricky Taylor saw his undefeated season disappear when he was collected in a first-lap incident.
His quest to get the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R co-driven by brother Jordan Taylor back in victory lane this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is off to a great start as Ricky scored the TOTAL Pole Award for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.
Taylor led the entire 15-minute session, setting the fastest lap of 1 minute, 8.459 seconds (129.309 mph) on his fifth of nine laps. It was Taylor’s third TOTAL Pole Award of the season.
“After Watkins Glen we were a bit down with the result,” said Taylor. “Cadillac and all the Konica Minolta guys worked super hard this week so we’d unload fast in the first practice session. It was a tough qualifying session, there are a lot of quick cars. We’ll make some changes to the car overnight to prepare for tomorrow, but hopefully it’s something to look forward to after Watkins Glen.”
Canadian Misha Goikhberg will join Taylor on the front row, giving the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA LM P2 car its best starting position of the season. Goikhberg lapped the 2.459-mile circuit in 1:08.587 (129.068 mph), just missing the TOTAL Pole Award by 0.128 seconds.
JDC-Miller Motorsports comes into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with significant momentum coming off a career-best second-place finish at Watkins Glen with Goikhberg joined by Chris Miller and Stephen Simpson in that race.
Tequila Patrón ESM will make up the second row for tomorrow’s race with the No. 2 Nissan DPi of Scott Sharp (1:08.886) starting alongside the No. 22 Nissan DPi of Johannes van Overbeek (1:08.934). The Mazda DPi of Jonathan Bomarito rounded out the top five with a lap of 1:08.959. All 10 Prototype cars bested last year’s TOTAL Pole Award qualifying time.
In Prototype Challenge, Performance Tech Motorsports and James French picked up their fifth TOTAL Pole Award in six races Saturday in qualifying for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The team is in search of its sixth-straight victory in the Prototype Challenge class, which is in its final season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
French logged a best lap of 1 minute, 11.471 seconds (123.859 mph) to score the TOTAL Pole Award, the ninth of his career. He’ll be joined Sunday by co-driver Pato O’Ward as the duo looks to remain undefeated on the season.
“We basically continued what we were working for in practice,” said French. “When we realized we had a good gap in practice, we put on a lot more downforce to make it a little more fun to drive, and in doing so we found even more pace. We try to maximize everything the car and the team has.”