Paul Menard Earns TA Pole for Showtime Motorsports with Record-Breaking Lap Time

March 19, 2022

Paul Menard Earns TA Pole for Showtime Motorsports with Record-Breaking Lap Time

Qualifying is in the books for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. Paul Menard laid down a track record-breaking lap time of 1:17.010 in his No. 5 Franklin Road Apparel Chevrolet Camaro at the unique oval-road course hybrid. The pole was the first for Showtime Motorsports in the TA class. 

Behind him was 2021 champion Chris Dyson in the No. 20 Altwell Ford Mustang with a lap time of 1:17.582, and Tomy Drissi in the No. 8 Lucas Oil Ford Mustang with a time of 1:18.617. Rounding out the top five were Menard’s team owner Ken Thwaits in the No. 7 Franklin Road Apparel Camaro (1:19.895) and David Pintaric in the No. 57 Kryderacing Ford Mustang (1:20.823). 

“It’s good to be back at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” said Menard after securing the Motul Pole Award. “Ken [Thwaits] has a good program, and he’s building this team, so to get him a pole for Showtime Motorsports in the TA class is a great day. I believe it’s their first TA pole, so that’s really cool to do with Ken and these guys. We have a good car for the race tomorrow. I was off a little bit in qualifying verses yesterday, and I actually thought I was going to run a little faster today, but the track was pretty hot and greasy after the TA2 race. It’s comfortable to consistently run mid-1:17 laps at race pace, so hopefully that’s what it takes to win.”

Natalie Decker was the fastest qualifier in the GT class, running a lap time of 1:27.499 in her No. 29 PlantFuel Audi R8. Danny Lowry topped the SGT class in his No. 42 Bridgehaul Porsche GT3 Cup with a lap time of 1:29.473.

Full qualifying results can be found here

The TA race will be contested on Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Free live coverage begins at 12:15 p.m. ET at www.youtube.com/TheTransAmSeries.
 

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