Connor Mosack Wins Fifth Pole of 2022 at VIR, Earns Valuable Championship Points
October 7, 2022
ALTON, Va. (October 7, 2022) – TA2 practice and qualifying are in the books for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at VIRginia International Raceway. Connor Mosack in the No. 28 Open Eyes/Nacarato Truck Centers/Nic Tailor Custom Fit Underwear Ford Mustang earned his fifth Motul pole award of the season and second in a row with a record-setting lap time of 1:48.819. Coming off his first win of the season at Watkins Glen International, Mosack, who sits third in the championship standings, earned the valuable points awarded for a pole position.
“I’m really happy with the pole today,” said Mosack. “I feel like we struggled in practice yesterday and this morning. We had some issues, but the team did a really good job figuring that out and giving me a really good car for qualifying. Our Open Eyes/Nic Tailor Mustang was really fast. I’m really happy and I feel like we’ve got a good car for tomorrow now.”
Thomas Merrill, who currently sits second in the points in his No. 26 BridgeHaul/HP Tuners/Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang, was second with a time of 1:49.047, and points leader Rafa Matos turned a lap time of 1:49.165 in his No. 88 3-Dimensional Services Group Mustang. Evan Slater in the No. 35 CUBE 3 Architecture Ford Mustang was fourth with a 1:49.343, and Brent Crews in the No. 70 Nitro Motorsports Mustang was fifth with a 1:49.358.
Full qualifying results can be found here.
Practice for tomorrow’s race was held earlier in the day. Connor Zilisch in the No. 5 Silver Hare Racing Camaro was fastest with a 1:49.405, followed by Matos with a 1:49.612. Mosack was third with a 1:50.031. Crews and Slater were fourth and fifth with times of 1:50.035 and 1:50.382, respectively.
Full practice results can be found here.
The TA2 race will be contested on Saturday, October 8 at 11:40 a.m. ET and will be streamed live here. The broadcast of the race, presented by Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers, will air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation later that evening at 12:30 a.m. ET.