WATKINS GLEN, NY – TC driver’s championship points leader Johan Schwartz continued his hot streak scoring the TC pole for Saturday’s Round 9 40-minute race at Watkins Glen International. Presented by CrowdStrike the TC America weekend will showcase two 40-minute TC contests at the renowned 11-turn, 3.4-mile road course.
The 15-minute qualifying session was held under sunny 60-degree Fahrenheit conditions. Early on Rearden Racing’s Paul Terry took his #33 Nissan 370z to the top of the charts with a 2:03.319, followed by Joseph Federl in the #23 TechSport Racing Nissan 370z (2:03.644) and Jeff Ricca is the #78 GenRacer Hyundai Genesis Coupe (2:03.675).
A lap later, Schwartz, driving the Rooster Hall Racing #80 BMW M240iR Cup assumed the top slot posting a 2:02.490, while Auto Technic Racing’s Tom Capizzi in the #52 BMW M240iR Cup slotted in behind Schwartz with a 2:03.022.
With under five minutes remaining in the session, Federl popped back up to second with a 2:02.862, while Schwartz solidified his top position with a 2:02.482. A lap later Federl improved to a 2:02.686. At the checkered the times held – Schwartz secured his fourth pole of the 2019 season. Federl will start alongside Schwartz while Terry will start third (2:02.871). Chandler Hull in the #94 BMW M240iR Cup (2:02.919), Schwartz’ teammate Steve Streimer in the #81 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup (2:02.938) and Capizzi (2:03.022) round out the top three rows.
Of note, driver championship contender Toby Grahovec, sitting 41 points behind Schwartz coming into the weekend, qualified 10th on the grid. Results are provisional until posted final. Teams and drivers now look ahead to Round 9 scheduled for a green flag start at 1:10 pm EST. Watch the race live at https://www.tcamerica.us/watch-live.