ALMS Round 2: Penske Porsches lead the grid at St. Pete

When the the green flag waves later this afternoon (5:05 PM Eastern) to kick off the Acura Sports Car Challenge -- round 2 of the ALMS season -- on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL, Roger Penke's Porsche RS Spyders will lead the way. The Spyders qualified 1-2, and occupy row 1 of the starting grid.

Allan McNish, the polesitter for P1, starts in the 3rd position, but is poised to make hay after turning in the fastest lap at this morning's warmup session. McNish is followed by a trio of Acuras (Fernandez Racing, Andretti Green Racing, and Highcroft Racing). The second Audi R10, both Dyson Porsches, and the Autocon Motorsports P1 car round out the top 10. In the all-Corvette GT1 class, the #4 car will lead the #3, and in GT2, the Petersen/White Lightning Ferrari F430GT starts ahead of the Risi Competizione Ferrari. has the full qualifying order here, and you can watch the race tape-delayed on SPEED TV tonight at 8:00 PM. It should be a fun contest to watch, as the top six qualifiers were all within a second of each other.

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