Considering the manner in which he has dominated Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama competition in both the USA and Canada this season, it would surprise many to know Roman De Angelis was uncertain on his chances for qualifying Friday at Road America in the combined series event.
He shouldn’t have been. DeAngelis won the pole by nearly .7 seconds and will lead the 40-car field to the green flag in the first of two weekend races on Saturday.
De Angelis turned a lap of 2 minutes, 10.373 seconds in the No. 79 Porsche 991 fielded by Kelly-Moss Road and Race and Mark Motors Racing. Ethan Simioni was second in the No. 40 Policaro Motorsport Porsche 991 from GT3 Cup Canada.
“It was good,” said De Angelis, the 18-year-old from Belle River, Ontario. “Honestly, I didn’t think we would be as quick as we were. It didn’t feel great track-wise. Car-wise it felt great, but the surface itself was a bit greasy. It was pretty crazy to put in a lap like that.”
Competing in both the U.S. and Canadian versions of the GT3 Cup, De Angelis has been nearly unbeatable – winning seven of eight races to date in each series this season. Still, he wasn’t taking anything for granted based on his previous Road America experiences.
“I always do really bad here, so this is a good feeling,” he said. “I struggled a lot here last year and the year before in (GT3 Cup) Gold, so this feels really good.
“It’s a good way to start the weekend.”
Both Porsche GT3 Cup races stream live on IMSA.tv. The first race airs at 12:20 p.m. ET Saturday and the second at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.