Christian Fittipaldi paced the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying session for the BUBBA burger Grand Prix with a lap of 1:14.962 in his No. 5 Mustang Sampling Chevrolet Corvette DP. The pole position is the first of the season for the defending series champion, but third pole position in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the Brazilian driver.
“As a team we’ve struggled in the past here at Long Beach so it was great for us to win the pole for the race tomorrow,” said Fittipaldi. “The red flag certainly interrupted the flow of the session, but it was the same for everyone and we were just able to make the best of it. Overall our Mustang Sampling Corvette DP was really strong and it’ll be great for us to start on the pole tomorrow.”
Eric Curran qualified fourth in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP for Action Express Racing, placing both team cars in the top-5 starting positions.
“I certainly would have liked to get a little more out of the car there, but overall it was a good day for us and a decent starting position for tomorrow,” said Curran. “The guys have certainly prepared another great Whelen Engineering Corvette DP and being able to start in the second row is beneficial because track position is a premium on any street course, but particularly here at Long Beach.”
Action Express Racing team manager Gary Nelson was happy with the way the team performed in qualifying, and is optimistic about how that can translate to a good race on Saturday.
“Qualifying is extremely important at Long Beach,” said Nelson. “We were really pleased with the lap that Christian turned in and congratulations to him on his third career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position.
“Eric Curran also did a great job in the Whelen Engineering Corvette DP in qualifying fourth. It’s good to have both of our cars in the top-4 to start the race tomorrow and we’ll approach the event the way we always do. Expect to win.”
The BUBBA burger GP has a green flag time of 4:05 p.m. PDT on Saturday, with live coverage on FS2.