Joe Foster Wins Third Pole Of Season At Watkins Glen

Joe Foster (right) is joined by co-driver Scott Maxwell after winning his third pole of the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport season.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Joe Foster won his third GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge pole of the season in qualifying Friday at Watkins Glen International. Foster led Grand Sport qualifying with a lap of 2:02.256 (100.118 mph) in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R co-driven by Scott Maxwell.
The two-hour, 30-minute race will take the green flag at 6 p.m. ET Friday.
“It couldn’t have gone smoother,” said Foster, who won his ninth career pole and second in a row. “I got out perfectly and ran one clear lap. I had the tires warmed up, let it rip and it ran perfectly. I knew right away it wasn’t going to go any quicker so I brought it in to preserve the tires for the race.”

Foster will also co-drive with Patrick Dempsey and Charles Espenlaub in Saturday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in the No. 40 Dempsey Racing/Visit Florida Mazda RX-8.
Mitchum Motorsports took the next two positions in the 15-minute session. Joey Atterbury ran a lap of 2:02.324 (100.062 mph) in the No. 62 Piloti/Rockstar Energy Drink Chevrolet Camaro, followed by Robert Stout, 2:02.439 (99.968 mph) in the No. 6 Lucas Oil/Sunoco Chevrolet Camaro.

In the Street Tuner class, Jeff Westphal in the No. 18 i2i Capital/Alpha Group BMW 328i inherited the pole after the top three cars failed post-qualifying technical inspection. Chris Gleason Jr. had led the session. Westphal’s time was 2:09.430 (94.568 mph); he co-drives with Nico Rondet.

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