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Grand-Am: Kansas Speedway shines for pole-sitters Memo Rojas and Alex Tagliani

Memo Rojas and Alex Tagliani both stormed to pole position, Friday night during their respective qualifying run at the Kansas Speedway road course.

Reigning Daytona Prototype (DP) champion Memo Roja, aboard his BMW/Riley, beat Gustavo Yacaman, in a Ford/Riley. The second row is all Corvette's, with Action Express's Christian Fittipaldi lining up beside Burt Frisselle.

DP points leaders Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel had to settle for eighth place in their BMW/Riley.

In GT, IndyCar veteran Alex Tagliani replaced Max Papis, off competing in Nationwide, as Jeff Segal's co-driver in the AIM Motorsports Ferrari 458. The Canadian, in his first race aboard a Ferrari, recorded a second pole position in as many weekends.

Alex Tagliani, Grand-Am, Ferrari, Kansas Speedway
Alex Tagliani, Ferrari 458 (Photo: Grand-Am)

Tagliani was on pole of the NASCAR Canadian Tire race last weekend at Trois-Rivières.

Leh Keen made it an all-Ferrari front row when he recorded the second fastest lap, aboard his Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458. Emil Assentato went further, making it a top three lockout, in the AIM Autosport Ferrari.

Tom Long (Mazda 6) recorded a fifth pole in GX.

Qualifying results – Kansas Speedway (Grand-Am)
  1. Pruett-Rojas (Riley-BMW) – Ganassi - 1'09"883
  2. Wilson-Yacaman (Riley-Ford) - Shank - 1'09"950
  3. Barbosa-Fittipaldi (Corvette DP/Coyote) – ActionEx - 1'10"055
  4. Frisselle-Frisselle (Corvette DP/Coyote) – ActionEx - 1'10"081
  5. Angelelli-Taylor (Corvette DP/Dallara) – Taylor - 1'10"184
  6. Taylor-Westbrook (Corvette DP) – SpiritOfDaytona - 1'10"461
  7. Fogarty-Gurney (Corvette DP/Riley) – Stallings - 1'10"481
  8. Dalziel-Popow (Riley-Ford) – Starworks - 1'10"511
  9. Cameron-Nonnamaker (Riley-BMW) – Sahlen - 1'10"957
  10. Negri-Pew (Riley-Ford) – Shank - 1'11"308
  11. Potolicchio--Valiante-Sarrazin (Corvette DP/Coyote) – 8Star - 1'11"323
  12. Di Guida-Bourdais (Corvette DP/Coyote) – 8Star - 1'12"653
  13. Hartley-Kaffer-Mayer (Riley-BMW) – Starworks - 1'12"939
  14. Nonnamaker-Nonnamaker (Riley-BMW) – Sahlen - 1'14"221
  15. Tagliani-Segal (Ferrari GTS3 458) - AIM - 1'14"956
  16. Balzan-Keen (Ferrari GTS3 458) – Corsa - 1'15"216
  17. Assentato-Lazzaro (Ferrari GTS3 458) – AIM - 1'15"498
  18. Edwards-Liddell (Chevy Camaro) – Stevenson - 1'15"528
  19. Lindsey-Long (Porsche 997) - Park Place - 1'15"776
  20. Curran-Said (Corvette Z06) – Marsh - 1'15"982
  21. Auberlen-Della Lana (BMW M3) – Turner - 1'16"118
  22. Lally-Potter (Porsche 997) – Magnus - 1'16"498
  23. Marsal-Johnson (BMW M3) - Turner - 1'16"636
  24. Boden-Sellers (Audi R8) – FallLine - 1'18"549
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