Jarvis resets lap record as Hunter-Reay qualifies sixth
The name at the top of the timing screens changed several times during the 15-minute qualifying session on Saturday afternoon for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, but once the checkered flag fell, it was Oliver Jarvis and Mazda at the top.
Jarvis, in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P, set a fast time of 1m 10.705s on his final flying lap which secured the pole position by a scant 0.022s and set a new track record for the Daytona Prototype international class.
Jarvis will share the car with Tristan Nunez, with the duo looking to improve from their podium finish in 2018. This is Jarvis’ second pole position of the season after taking pole position for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, taking part in his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race for Mazda Team Joest, qualified in sixth position in the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P. Hunter-Reay will share the car with Jonathan Bomarito in tomorrow’s 2 hour and 40-minute race.
The Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 PM EDT.