AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kody Swanson set the mark in Friday’s qualifying session to capture the pole position for Saturday’s Phoenix Copper Cup USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series event at ISM Raceway.
Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., was the last car to make a qualifying attempt when he laid down the fastest lap of the session, defeating 2017 race winner Bobby Santos by just a tick less than four-hundredths of a second with a lap of 25.326 seconds/142.146 mph around the one-mile tri-oval. Swanson’s lap was just nine-thousandths of a second off the track’s one-lap Silver Crown record of 25.317 seconds, set by the late Dave Steele in 2004.
Swanson, the three-time Silver Crown champion, has 19 career series victories, but is eying his first win at Phoenix. In his last two visits to the track in 2009 and 2017, Swanson finished in the runner-up position.
Swanson will be joined on the front row by Santos of Franklin, Mass. In the ensuing rows lie Aaron Pierce, David Byrne, Kyle Hamilton and Chris Windom, who occupy the first three rows for the 100-mile event.
Saturday’s race begins at 3:15 p.m. Pacific.