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Second straight pole position for No. 3 Corvette C8.R


CORVETTE RACING AT CHARLOTTE: Jordan Taylor Pole Quote


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2020) – Jordan Taylor captured his second
consecutive pole position Saturday afternoon ahead of tonight’s 100-minute,
GT-only race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the
Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.


Taylor set a best time of 1:14.278 (112.442 mph) in the No. 3 Mobil
1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R that he shares with Antonio Garcia in the
15-minute session for GT Le Mans (GTLM) competitors. It was Taylor’s third
pole of the season – Sebring and Mid-Ohio were the others – as he and Garcia
look to extend their GTLM Drivers Championship lead.


Oliver Gavin was the early pace-setter in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM
Corvette C8.R before a red-flag stoppage halted his momentum. He will start
the race fifth and shares his Corvette with Tommy Milner; they sit second in
GTLM points heading into tonight.


The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s race at Charlotte is scheduled
for 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday with live television coverage on NBCSN and live
streaming via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. In addition, IMSA Radio will
broadcast the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing and
scoring. The race also will air on XM channel 202 and SiriusXM Online 972.

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – GTLM
POLE-WINNER: “It was a stressful session. Everyone was kind of waiting and
knowing that it was only going to take a couple of laps to maximize the
tires and then you have a small drop-off. Most everyone was waiting toward
the end to go out. We waited one or two minutes and then the red flag came
out on our first timed laps. It was very poor timing for us. The 4 car had
put in a quick lap; putting a heat cycle in a tire like that can take a
knock on the performance. No one knew what they had going back out. Our
Corvette performed really well. We haven’t done much light-fuel running;
most of it has been race prep. So it really came alive. It’s been good all
weekend no matter if it’s dry or wet, so whatever the weather brings
tonight, we should be alright.”


DIFFICULTY OF MANAGING THE CHANGING CONDITIONS: “It’s tricky, especially
here at the Roval. There is no room for error. Everyone has been talking
coming into the weekend how it feels like a street course and you’re on the
edge everywhere. When you mix in rain and those conditions being on slick
tires, it makes it pretty hectic. This morning’s practice gave us a little
bit of a warm-up for the race to get an idea of what it will be like. It’ll
definitely be tricky. With it being only 100 minutes, I still think it will
be about execution and minimizing mistakes to maintain track position. I’m
happy that we have the pole and can have some clear track at the beginning
and hopefully control it from there.”


DO YOU WANT IT TO FULLY RAIN, FULLY DRY OR IS THE CAR IS GOOD IN THE MIXED
CONDITIONS? “I think any driver, and they may not admit it, is a little
stressed if it’s a little rainy or mixed. I think our Corvette suits all the
conditions pretty well. As a driver, I’d rather it either rain or be dry to
minimize the risk of being out on slicks in mixed conditions. We had a
little bit of running this morning to understand what it would be like.
Thankfully the track grip level is pretty good in those conditions, so it
should be an interesting race no matter what we see.”


DO YOU EXPECT THE TRACK TO CHANGE MUCH AFTER THE XFINITY RACE? “I think
everyone has a big question mark of what it’s going to be like. We haven’t
run after Goodyear has put rubber down on a track in awhile, so no one knows
what to expect. The difference from last night when we were putting our own
Michelin rubber down to this morning when it was all washed away, the track
was completely different. When you mix the rain with two different types of
rubber, it’ll be something new to learn as well.”
 

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Don't get me wrong, I truly love Corvettes! :)
But to be fair, we should also give a nod to the Porsche team, as they only missed the pole by: 0:00.056.
 
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