LAKEVILLE, Conn. - Jack Roush Jr. earned his second consecutive GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge pole position of 2010 on Friday, at Lime Rock Park, and will lead a 31-car Grand Sport (GS) field to the green flag for Saturday's two-and-a-half hour Memorial Day Weekend Classic race.
Roush's time was 57.854 seconds (95.205 mph) in the No. 61 ROUSH® Performance Products Ford Mustang GT he shares with Billy Johnson. Starting alongside Roush will be second-fast qualifier Joe Foster in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R he shares with Scott Maxwell.
While Fords earned a fourth consecutive pole and four of the top five starting positions, BMWs have won all four GS races at Lime Rock. With that in mind, Roush said it was important to start up front on the 1.53-mile, seven-turn track, where the leaders are expected to catch the tail of the field in a matter of minutes.
"Qualifying isn't the race that really matters, but this was a statement that the Mustangs can do very well here," Roush said. "Given the track's size and weight of the car, it's sometimes a difficult track for us. But our cars have been strong, and it showed again today."
The two-and-a-half hour GS race starts on Saturday, May 29 at 3 p.m. (Eastern).