CarBahn Motorsports by Peregrine Racing needed to qualify well Thursday afternoon (Oct. 15) in order to properly take the battle to KohR Motorsports in Friday’s FOX Factory 120. Mission accomplished. With a lap at 106.423 mph, Tyler McQuarrie took a dominant pole position for the FOX Factory 120 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
McQuarrie’s lap was a full three-quarters of a second faster than Turner Motorsport’s Robby Foley. That allowed McQuarrie the breathing room necessary to pull into the pits at the halfway point of the session and let everyone else try to beat him.
Winward Racing’s Russell Ward will start third, followed by KohR Motorsports’ Nate Stacy, who is celebrating his 21st birthday. Archangel Motorsports’ Alan Brynjolfsson qualified his team’s new Aston Martin in fifth.
Murillo Racing’s Jeff Mosing will start sixth in his Mercedes, followed by BimmerWorld Racing’s Nick Galante. Multimatic Motorsports’ Scott Maxwell qualified eighth, while PF Racing’s James Pesek and Riley Motorsports’ Jim Cox rounded out the top 10.
The session came to a premature end three minutes short of the scheduled 15 minutes when Rebel Rock Racing’s Frank DePew went off-course in turn 5. At the time of the incident, DePew was 20th in class, 27th overall. Losing his best laps dropped him to 21st.
In TCR qualifying, Atlanta Speedwerks was able to keep up their pace from earlier in the day. Todd Lamb claimed the class pole with a lap at 102.872 mph. This is approximately one full second slower than the pole for this race last year.
Lamb’s lap was five-hundredths of a second slower than Bryan Herta Autosport’s Mason Filippi. Teammates Mark Wilkins and Ryan Norman will start third and fourth, while Fast MD Racing’s Max Faulkner qualified fifth in his Audi RS3 LMS Club Sport.
The TCR session had a brief red flag when Roadshagger Racing’s Gavin Ernstone had an off-course excursion. He was able to drive back to the pits, but lost his best two laps due to bringing out the red flag. He’ll start the race Friday at the rear of the field.
The FOX Factory 120 is scheduled to go green at 3:35 p.m. ET Friday afternoon. The race will be streamed live on NBC Sports’ TrackPass service. Highlighted coverage of the race will air on NBCSN on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.