Smooth Operator: Rowe Pole Award and Grid Set for Race One at COTA

20 May 2023 GT America Powered by AWS
  • O’Connell Takes SRO3 Pole with Ferrari
  • Chouest and Aston Martin Win GT4 Pole
  • Results


The GT America powered by AWS series rolled off under grey skies at Circuit Of The Americas for qualifying. The track surface had been washed clean due to late night rain, clearing the track of the rubber laid down from Friday's practice sessions. The track surface was still drying which ultimately delayed the start time of the 15-minute session.


SRO3 Class
Taking home the Rowe Pole Award in the SRO3 Class is long time SRO Motorsports America personality Johnny O’Connell. O’Connell in the No. 56 SKI Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia turned a lap of 2:18.244 for the pole.

George Kurtz in the No. 04 CrowdStrike by Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 wasn’t far behind O’Connell with a best lap of 2:18.629. Anthony Bartone claimed third in the session, squeezing out Memo Gidley, in his No. 427 RealTime Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3. The No. 101 TKO Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 turned a 2:19.891 for fourth and Peter Pejascevich in the No. 043 Only Fans Racing with P1 Groupe by MRS Porsche 911 GT3-R qualified fifth with a 2:20.646.


GT4 Class

Ross Chouest was the dominant driver of the GT4 Class taking home his first Rowe Pole Award of the 2023 season. His time to beat in the No. 50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 was 2:29.195. Jason Bell came close in the No. 2 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR with a 2:29.297.

Paul Kiebler in the No. 77 TR3 Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR pushed for his 2:29.326 that landed him a third-place starting position. Nicholas Shanny in the No. 21 Carrus Callas Raceteam Toyota GR Supra GT4 and Elias Sabo in the No. 8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR will roll off from fourth and fifth place respectively.


Race One for GT America powered by AWS goes green at 1 p.m. CT. The race is streamed live on the YouTube GT World page and on Twitch, hosted by Ash Vandelay. Watch the action unfold live while you join in the conversation.