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Karam secures first career Star Mazda pole

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted June 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm Star Mazda

A week after winning his first career Star Mazda race, Sage Karam secured his first career pole position in the series with a two-lap average speed of 146.304 mph. His second lap was clocked at 21.998 seconds, just 0.065 seconds shy of the track record at Iowa Speedway set by last year’s champion Conor Daly.

“I knew the car was good,” Karam said. “I knew that if I was able to keep it flat, it should be enough. The first lap was good and on the second lap I could really feel the tires come up to temperature. I just kept telling myself, ‘keep it flat, keep it flat.'”

Martin Scuncio finished second in the session with a best lap of 22.076, averaging 145.787 mph. Tristan Vautier was third quick with an average speed just shy of Scuncio, clocking 145.734 mph.

“The car was great,” Scuncio said. “I think we were a little slower than yesterday due to the wind, but the track felt good despite all the rain today. The grip level was perfect, so I don’t think we’ll make any changes heading into the race. It’s all about securing points.”

J.V. Horto and Connor De Phillippi rounded out the top-five, respectively. The only incident of note during the session occurred just past midway when Nick Andries spun during entry into Turn 3. The rear of the car impacted the outside wall on Andries’ first qualifying lap. He will start today’s race from the rear of the field. At this time, it’s unknown whether the team will make repairs to the No. 81 car or use the Team Pelfrey backup machine.

The Star Mazda drivers are tentatively scheduled to take the green flag for Round 5 at 4:15 p.m. today.

Full qualifying results after the jump.

Star Mazda – Round 5
Iowa Speedway
Qualifying Results

  1. Sage Karam  21.998 — 146.304 mph
  2. Martin Scuncio 22.076
  3. Tristan Vautier 22.084
  4. JV Horto 22.134
  5. Connor De Phillippi 22.191
  6. Gustavo Menezes 22.200
  7. Tatiana Calderon 22.294
  8. Joao Jardim 22.517
  9. Carlos Linares 22.815
  10. Nick Mancuso 22.918
  11. JW Roberts 23.258
  12. Nick Andries (incident in Turn 3)

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