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2018 Laguna Seca Qualifying Report
2018 Laguna Seca Qualifying Report
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will start Sunday’s America’s Tire 250 from the pole after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Saturday at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.


Date: September. 8, 2018
Event: America’s Tire 250 (Round 9 of 10)
Series: Prototype division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Location: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California (2.238-mile, 11-turn road course)
Result: 1st by Jordan Taylor (1:52.430 at 129.616 mph)

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will start Sunday’s America’s Tire 250 from the pole after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Saturday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

Jordan Taylor, who with co-driver Renger van der Zande is looking for the team’s first win here since 2013, clocked a fast lap of 1 minute, 116.181 mph around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course in his first qualifying effort of the season. It was best among the 35 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag for Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race. It was Taylor’s 11th career pole and the team’s second consecutive Laguna Seca pole and third in the last four seasons. Taylor qualified on the pole here in 2015 en route to a runner-up finish in the race.

“It was a good lap,” said Taylor, who co-drove to victory here with Max “The Ax” Angelelli in the penultimate race of the 2013 season en route to that year’s championship. “We’ve had a good Cadillac all weekend and Renger was fast in practice all week. I had a good qualifying setup that worked over one lap, but in practice we were working on a car that would handle for the whole race. It’s nice to start from the pole. We will work from the front and see if we can control it. Laguna is always a low-grip track. You are always sliding around. We focused on the handling toward the end of the stint. Renger is going to finish the race and developed a setup that best suits him, so hopefully we have the car setup right so he can battle for the win.”

The top-five qualifiers for Sunday’s America’s Tire 250 are:

1. Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R (No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R) Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande (1:16.181 at 105.758 mph)

2. Acura Team Penske (No. 6 Acura DPi) Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya (1:52.780 at 129.214 mph)

3. Acura Team Penske (No. 7 Acura DPi) Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor (1:16.662 at 105.094 mph)

4. Tequila Patron ESM (No. 22 Nissan DPi) Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek (1:16.766 at 104.952 mph)

5. Core Autosport (No. 54 Oreca LMP2) Colin Braun and Jonathan Bennett (1:16.774 at 104.941 mph)

The green flag flies at 5:05 p.m. EDT Sunday with FS1’s live broadcast beginning at 5 p.m.