- Five cars set blistering sub-1:30 lap times
- Triarsi, Ferrari claims the fastest time of the lot in SRO3
- GT4 sees Holland, Porsche at the very front
- Provisional Qualifying Results
Nashville, Tennessee - Qualifying for the GT America powered by AWS Music City Grand Prix race weekend began under an overcast Tennessee Summer sky on Saturday afternoon. The session was intense, halted by a cloudburst with just one minute remaining on the clock. Racers turned some exceptional laps, guaranteeing some close and entertaining action in Race 1 this evening. After leading both practice sessions, Onofrio Triarsi will lead the pack across the start behind the wheel of the #23 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 due to laying down a 1:28.124 qualifying lap. For reference, the 2021 pole time was a 1:29.516.
Both of the series points leaders struggled with their qualifying set-up. SRO3 points leader George Kurtz, and GT4 points leader Jason Bell were both outside the top five within their classes. Both will be looking to move up to maintain those championship leads.
Multiple drivers rotated the top spot in the first ten minutes of the session before Triarsi set his final fast lap. This was particularly impressive as this was the first GT America race of the year for Triarsi.
Joining Triarsi on the front row will be his teammate Justin Wetherill (#37 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3) who has scored two podium finishes this season.
The second row will be Jason Daskalos (#27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi R8 LMS) seeking his third win of the year and Scott Smithson (#08 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3). Smithson scored a pair of second place finishes at St. Pete and is strong on these tight circuits.
Row three will be Jason Harward (#88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3) looking for his second win of the season and George Kurtz (#04 CrowdStrike with Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3) looking to extend his four-race win streak.
Row four will be David Askew (#63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3) who ran strong at the St. Pete street race earlier this year and Mirco Schultis (#70 Mishumotors Corvette Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R) who has been knocking on the door for his first podium of 2022.
Leading the GT4 field will be class pole sitter Robb Holland in the #99 Rotek Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport, who laid down a lightning-fast 1:34.675, which was .331 seconds faster than the 2021 GT4 pole time.
Joining Holland on the front row will be his teammate Edgar Lau (#124 ARG/Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4) racing the car that Holland scored two podium finishes in the 2021 Nashville races.
Third fastest was Chris Cagnazzi (#39 Cameron Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4), seeking to repeat Sonoma podium finish
Second in GT4 points, this will be an opportunity for fourth fastest qualifier Ross Chouest (#50 Chouest Provoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) to close the points gap to Jason Bell. Chouest is the only GT4 driver to have scored points in all eight races this season, and was runner-up in the last two races.
Gray Newell (#25 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) and Marko Radisic (#22 SRQ Motorsports BMW M4 GT4) rounded out the top six.
Race 1 begins this evening at 7:25 PM EST. Race 2 will take place on Sunday at 10:55 AM EST.