Braun posted a best time of one minute, 5.452 seconds (135.250 mph) in the No. 54 CORE autosport Nissan DPi, exceeding his 2018 record lap of 1:06.375. It was his 18th career top-level IMSA pole and his fourth at CTMP (he had Prototype Challenge class poles in 2012 and 2016 also).
He and co-driver Jon Bennett also are the race’s defending winners and already have four previous wins at CTMP with PC class wins in 2013, 2015 and 2016 to go with the overall and Prototype class victory last year. They’ll go for five on Sunday.
Driver: No. 54 ADT Nissan Ligier DPi
“I’m excited to be on pole here, at a track that I love, and Jon Bennett loves,” said Braun, who scored the first pole for a Nissan DPi since Pipo Derani did it in qualifying for the 2018 Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. “I think no matter what car we’re in we always have good confidence here. This is a track we run well at, so that tends to make us feel like we’re going to be fast here.
“I was charging hard at the end and I was disappointed in the move that bounced me off the track in Turn Four, but glad it didn’t result in a bigger crash. At the end of the day, the team did a great job. Everyone pushed hard and we had great pit stops. We showed we had solid pace and I was happy to grab the pole. It felt like if we’d had a little more luck and that yellow had come sooner we would have had more time to work our way through the field.”