Sepang: Team USA Friday notes

A1 TEAM USA's Summerton 14th in practice at Sepang A1 TEAM USA's Jonathan Summerton spent Friday re-acclimating himself to the equipment and learning the track in practice for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport event at Sepang International ...

A1 TEAM USA's Summerton 14th in practice at Sepang

A1 TEAM USA's Jonathan Summerton spent Friday re-acclimating himself to the equipment and learning the track in practice for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport event at Sepang International Circuit.

Summerton was 14th fastest in the one-hour session at 1:51.304 and ran the most laps with 23 on the 3.44-mile, 15-turn circuit. The 19-year-old from Kissimmee, Fla., had not driven the "We the People" car since testing at Silverstone on Aug. 29 and had never driven at Sepang.

"If we had put a decent lap together and the yellow flags had come out at the end of the session, then there was a lot more pace available," Summerton said. "We can go quicker.

"I said to the guys, 'I wasn't worried about where we were today, whether we were second or 20th.' This race will be a learning experience again. I'm sure if I'm picked for Zhuhai (the next round), we'll be fighting for a podium and, hopefully, for points."

A1 TEAM USA has a one-hour practice prior to qualifying Saturday to find more speed.

"Jonathan and the team did a good job of working together again today," A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger said. "We ran a good amount of laps without trouble and we should be able to use that effort to take us to the next level in qualifying. We definitely want to be in the top 10 for both the Sprint and Feature races and would like to be in the top five."

A1 TEAM USA's Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., was sixth in the all-rookie practice that began the event Friday. He ran a fast lap of 1:53.783 in the second of two 25-minute sessions. Kimball ran a total of 10 laps.

"It was great being in the 'We the People' car," Kimball said. "We made a big jump in the second session (after running 1:57.323 in the first) and got the car closer to what Jonathan needed."

-credit: a1teamusatv.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Charlie Kimball , Jonathan Summerton , Rick Weidinger