Jack Roush Jr., Ford Mustang on Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS pole at VIR
Coming off a win at the Road America 120 just three weeks ago alongside co-driver Dean Martin, Jack Roush Jr. will lead the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge field to green in Saturday’s race at VIRginia International Raceway, after Roush set a track record to claim the pole in the Grand Sport (GS) class.
Driving the No. 59 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang, Roush posted his fastest lap at 1 minute, 54.621 seconds around the 3.27-mile circuit. The previous track record of 1 minute, 56.929 seconds was set by Sebastien Landy in an Aston Martin Vantage last year.
“This is the place I really started road racing in what was then Grand-Am, and now IMSA,” Roush said. “It’s a pretty cool place and it’s great to be back. The GT4 is amazing here. It really is unlike any other previous generation racing Mustang that I’ve driven. It’s very well engineered, much more advanced technology. It’s a true production race car built out of a production chassis.”
The pole marks Roush’s fourth of his career and first of the season, and Ford’s 45th pole in the series.
Roush and Martin head into Saturday’s Biscuitville Grand Prix looking to add to their two wins thus far in 2017 but will face stiff competition in the rest of the Grand Sport (GS) class field.
Matt Bell in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R posted a lap just .351 second behind that of Roush’s to round out the front row. Point leader Dillon Machavern will start third in the No. 28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR, while Canadian Chris Green will start fourth in the No. 69 Motorsports In Action McLaren GT4.
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