Jade Buford is two-for-two in 2013 qualifying for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The Houston native captured the Grand Sport pole position Friday at Circuit of The Americas with a 2:20.830 lap in the No. 55 Multimatic Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage. The 25-year-old was 0.108 seconds quicker than Lawson Aschenbach’s No. 01 CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R, a car that had been on the provisional pole for most of the session.
Buford – the pole winner in his Continental Tire Sports Car Series debut at BMW Performance 200 in Daytona Beach, Fla. – set his best time Friday on his next-to-last lap of qualifying. Nick Longhi was third in GS at 2:21.097 in Rum Bum Racing’s No. 13 Porsche 997.
A last-lap flyer for Chad McCumbee earned the C.J Wilson Racing driver his first career ST pole position. His lap of 2:28.322 in the No. 3 Mazda MX-5 came moments after the checkered flag and knocked Corey Fergus off the provisional pole. Fergus, who set his time just seconds before McCumbee, qualified RSR Motorsports’ No. 197 Honda Civic Si at 2:28.370.
Marc Miller, the fastest qualifier as time ran out on the session, qualified third at 2:28.574 in C.J. Wilson Racing’s No. 5 Mazda.
Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. CT on Saturday.