PORTLAND, Ore. – Johan Schwartz posted the fastest time in Friday afternoon’s TC America series TC qualifying session to score his third pole of 2019 for Saturday’s Round 7 at Portland International Raceway, part of the 59th Annual Rose Cup Races presented by Fastlife.TV. Schwartz’s teammate and Portland native Steve Streimer will start second.
Early in the 15-minute session that was held under sunny skies with temperatures in the low ‘80s, Tom Capizzi, in the Auto Technic Racing’s #52 BMW M240iR Cup went to the top of the charts with a 1:23.209. Soon after, Schwartz, the TC championship points leader coming into the weekend, eclipsed the top time in his #80 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup with a 1:22.802.
Streimer in the #81 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup, running at his home track, slotted in behind his teammate with a 1:23.158. Schwartz then improved his time to 1:22.710, while Streimer posted a 1:23.086. Times held until the last minute of the session when Toby Grahovec in the #26 Classic BMW BMW M240iR Cup, who sits only 10-points behind Schwartz in the standings entering the weekend, posted a 1:23.205 to slot into third.
At the checkered the top three times held. Capizzi’s earlier top time held for fourth on the grid. Auto Technic Racing’s Robert Nimkoff in the #20 BMW M240iR Cup posted a 1:23.234 to round out the top 5 for Saturday’s race.
Results are provisional until posted final. The first TC race of the weekend is scheduled to go green Saturday, July 13 at 10:25 am PDT. All races will be streamed live on TCAmerica.us. CBS Sports Network coverage for TC America races at Portland airs July 24 starting at 7 pm EDT. Check your local listings for additional broadcast time and channel information.