September 20, 2013 – Austin, Texas
Today's qualifying session for the International Sports Car Weekend at Circuit of the Americas was held in the rain and on a very wet racetrack, after two previous days of testing in the dry. Qualifying day included two 1-hour practice sessions, the first of which was damp and the second of which started in torrential rain which saw no cars completing laps. Approximately 20 minutes into that session and after the rain had subsided, the first competitors headed out to begin work on their wet setup. During the 15-minute GTC qualifying session itself the rain held off but the track remained wet, meaning that setup time available was limited to the small amount of work completed in the practice immediately prior.
Spencer Pumpelly, No. 45:
"I was a bit disappointed by our pace in qualifying but this was our first chance to really push the car in the wet all season long, having had pretty much only dry running up to this point. Our dry setup from earlier in the week is good though, and Nelson has been great at every event on race starts and working through the field. I'm confident he'll give me the car up at the front for my stint tomorrow."
Dion von Moltke, No. 44:
"It was my first time qualifying in the wet in the last five years so while I think there is ultimately a bit more pace I could have gotten out of the car, I think we came away a good wet setup. The weather forecast for race time has been variable between dry and wet running but I think we will be in good shape either way, or both ways! We'll work on improving our front end grip before tomorow and be ready for whatever comes."