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GRC Pre-Race Notes: Charlotte

Here are the qualifying results for tonight’s Global Rallycross opener at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying took place last night:

  1. Marcus Gronholm, #3 Ford, 41.715 seconds
  2. Tanner Foust, #34 Ford, 41.802 seconds
  3. Brian Deegan, #38 Ford, 41.925 seconds
  4. Toomas Heikkinen, #57 Ford, 42.491 seconds
  5. Ken Block, #43 Ford, 42.573 seconds
  6. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru, 42.635 seconds
  7. Travis Pastrana, #199 Dodge, 42.763 seconds
  8. Samuel Hubinette, #77 Saab, 43.011 seconds
  9. Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai, 43.149 seconds
  10. David Binks, #17 Ford, 43.524 seconds
  11. Stephan Verdier, #12 Hyundai, 43.745 seconds
  12. Dave Mirra, #40 Subaru, 44.297 seconds
  13. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru, 44.325 seconds
  14. Tim Rooney, #47 Subaru, 47.167 seconds
  15. Pat Moro, #59 Subaru, 49.943 seconds
  16. Richard Burton, #41 Subaru, 50.785 seconds
  17. Andy Scott, #26 Saab, 66.773 seconds

Heats 1A-D will take place beginning at 6:45 PM. The heat matchups will be as follows:

  • Heat 1A: Marcus Gronholm, Ken Block, Dave Mirra, Richard Burton
  • Heat 1B: Tanner Foust, Sverre Isachsen, Stephan Verdier, Pat Moro
  • Heat 1C: Brian Deegan, Travis Pastrana, David Binks, Tim Rooney
  • Heat 1D: Toomas Heikkinen, Samuel Hubinette, Rhys Millen, Bucky Lasek, Andy Scott

Heats 2A-D will take place beginning at 7:30 PM. The last chance qualifying race will take place at 8:10 PM, while the main event will take place at 8:20 PM. ESPN2 will break into television coverage at 8:00 PM, but WatchESPN (formerly ESPN3, ESPN’s online coverage platform) will begin coverage from the heat races.

A few more pre-race notes:

  • Samuel Hubinette was the top privateer qualifier in eighth. Hubinette is driving for Scott-Eklund Racing in a ride that came together late this week.
  • Travis Pastrana will perform double duty today, the only driver to do so at Charlotte. He starts 42nd in today’s Nationwide Series race after a spin in qualifying.
  • Liam Doran has elected to focus on the European Rallycross Championship this weekend, racing in Austria. Doran’s schedule suggests that he will make his GRC debut at Texas on June 9.
  • Rough landings from the jump on the Charlotte frontstretch have scuffed the pavement. NASCAR officials patched up the gouge in the pavement before today’s Nationwide race, but it remains to be seen how it will hold up during tonight’s event.

– Chris Leone

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