Qualifying Procedures

After several practice sessions and prior to a race, cars participate in a brief, yet critical, qualifying session that determines where each car will start the race. As the race unfolds. the advantage of having a better starting position can pay huge dividends.

Qualifying is divided into 15-minute segments for each IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge class. The driver with the fastest lap in each session earns the Motul Pole Award and starts the race in first. The second fastest qualifier starts second, and the process continues based on lap times until the grid is complete.

Per the rules, only one driver is allowed to qualify the car and it is not mandatory to use the entire 15-minute session. Drivers may also come in and out of the pits to make minimal adjustments with the permission of IMSA officials.

If qualifying is canceled, starting grids are set by team points and if a driver causes a red flag during qualifying, that driver will lose their fastest lap from the qualifying session.