Chevy Racing–Corvette Racing–Monterey

GREAT START IN MONTEREY: Westbrook Leads Front-Row Sweep for Corvette DPs
Edwards’ GT pole means Team Chevy locks out front rows in both Rolex Series classes
MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 7, 2013) – Team Chevy couldn’t ask for a better start to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series weekend at Laguna Seca. Richard Westbrook took pole position in Spirit of Daytona’s No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype for Sunday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival as Chevrolet power swept the front rows of both Rolex Series classes.
Westbrook, last year’s race-winner in Monterey with Antonio Garcia, posted a qualifying lap Saturday of 1:21.557 (98.787 mph) in the entry he shares with Ricky Taylor. It marked the first pole of the season for Westbrook and Spirit of Daytona. Max Angelelli in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP qualified second and was just 0.021 seconds off Westbrook’s pace.
Angelelli and Jordan Taylor enter the weekend leading the Rolex Series’ DP drivers’ championship, and Chevrolet is first in the engine manufacturer standings. Corvette DPs took four of the first six spots on the Daytona Prototype grid.
Sunday’s two-hour, 45-minute race is the next-to-last round of the 2013 Rolex Series. The race airs live at 5 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
John Edwards and Boris Said gave Team Chevy a 1-2 finish in GT qualifying. Edwards captured the class pole with a 1:27.529 (92.047 mph) lap in Stevenson Motorsports’ Camaro GT.R. The young American, driving with Robin Liddell, took his third pole of the season.
Boris Said was second and just 0.099 seconds off Edwards’ pole time. Said drives Marsh Racing’s No. 31 Corvette with Eric Curran.
Edwards and Liddell sit third in the GT drivers’ standings but are just three points out of first. Stevenson Motorsports holds the same position and interval in the team championship.
“This is an ideal start to a critical championship weekend at Laguna Seca,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Program Manager, Rolex Sports Car Series. “Congratulations to Richard Westbrook and everyone at Spirit of Daytona for their work in an incredibly close session that sees Corvette DPs lock out the front row. Likewise, congratulations are in order for John Edwards and Stevenson Motorsports with its Camaro GT.R. If qualifying is any indication, tomorrow’s race is certain to be a thrilling one.”
In qualifying for Sunday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, Edwards qualified fourth in Stevenson Motorsports’ No. 9 Camaro GS.R. Edwards’ lap of 1:36.645 (83.365 mph) put the Stevenson entry, also driven by Matt Bell, fourth overall and on the GS grid. Edwards was 0.283 seconds off Brandon Davis’ pole-winning time.
“It’s not quite enough to make up for what has been a truly woeful season for us – definitely by our standards. It shows we have a good car and shows we can bounce back off a run of really bad results. Obviously it’s a good track for us but we still have to work very hard at these places. The competition is so much harder this year. It was pretty close out there.”
“This place has been good to me, but it’s never easy. It always seems to be a pretty hard fight. I think we have a really good car — one of the best cars we’ve had all year on new tires. But I think this weekend in GT everyone seems to be struggling with a big difference in time at the end of the stint versus the beginning. We’ve never seen track temperatures this high here in the past couple of years, so it’s really hard on the tires. I think the key is going to be trying to keep the car underneath us and keep it from going loose in the race as the tires get older.
“This race also with our fuel windows and everything opens up more options for strategy than somewhere like Kansas. I think that’s one place where Stevenson excels and also on pit stops, so I’m optimistic about tomorrow. But it’s definitely going to be a tough fight between the Ferraris and the Porsches.”