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Tyler McQuarrie Wins Road America 120 Pole

CarBahn Motorsports’ Tyler McQuarrie won the pole Saturday morning (Aug. 3) for the Road America 120 with a lap at 106.751 mph.  The run breaks Owen Trinkler‘s run of two consecutive poles and puts Audi back on the front row.

Trinkler was still close behind the Audi racer.  He qualified second overall in his Mercedes, one-sixth of a second behind McQuarrie.  Akhil Rabindra‘s excellent form continued Saturday as he qualified third in Automatic Racing’s No. 09 Aston Martin.  He’ll be joined by PF Racing’s Jade Buford on the second row.  Motorsport In Action’s Jesse Lazare, who was fastest overall on Friday, will start fifth.

KohR Motorsports’ Nate Stacy will start sixth in his Mustang, followed by eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing’s Kenton Koch.  Riley Motorsports’ James Cox will start eighth after spending all of Friday practicing on his own (teammate Dylan Murry spent Friday in Watkins Glen, competing in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East).  Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport’s Bryce Ward will start ninth.  He’s teamed up with his son Russell this weekend after the team decided to field only one car.  Park Place Motorsports’ Alan Brynjolfsson will start 10th, the best of the Porsches.

LA Honda World Racing’s Shelby Blackstock won the TCR pole with a lap at 104.306 mph, good enough for 15th overall in his Honda Civic Type-R TCR.  His lap was three-tenths of a second faster than Bryan Herta Autosport’s Mark Wilkins in a Hyundai Veloster N TCR.  Fast MD Racing’s Nick Galante will start third in his Audi, followed by Chris MillerColin Mullan will start fifth in another Honda.

IMSA MICHELIN PILOT CHALLENGE ROAD AMERICA 120 STARTING GRID

The Road America 120 is scheduled to go green at 5:05 p.m. Saturday.  The race will be streamed live at IMSA.com and FansChoice.tv.  Highlighted coverage of the race will air Aug. 11 at 10:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

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