Johnny Herbert leads Washington practice

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Practice doesn't mean much, but it's a start. At least that's what Johnny Herbert said on Friday after the privately-entered Champion Audi R8 set the fastest time of the day during the second practice session for the Cadillac...

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Practice doesn't mean much, but it's a start. At least that's what Johnny Herbert said on Friday after the privately-entered Champion Audi R8 set the fastest time of the day during the second practice session for the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C.

The former F1 standout lapped the 7-turn, 1.7-mile street circuit in 1:04.310 (92.981 miles per hour). The Joest Audis posted the second and third quickest times of the day, while the Panoz entries rounded out the top-five.

"It's the best start we've had to a weekend," said Herbert, whose team has been battling front-end under steer for most of the season. "We've very happy with the car we have today. We still have a ways to go, but at least we went 60 percent in the right direction. I'm looking forward to going back on the circuit tomorrow."

The Cadillacs, in their first domestic outing since Sebring, accounted for the next two fastest times, followed by the Dyson Racing Riley & Scott, Jon Field's MG-powered Lola EX257, and the Konrad Motorsports Saleen S7R.

The No. 23 Alex Job Porsche led the way in the GT class.

ALMS Notes from D.C.

Sunday's race will be the first motor race held in Washington, D.C. in more than 80 years.

The ALMS has not visited a temporary street circuit since Adelaide, Australia, at the end of the 2000 season.

Cadillac driver Max Angelelli appeared on the NBC Today Show this morning with well-known weatherman Willard Scott.

In other Cadillac news, two-time IMSA champion Wayne Taylor will not compete in the next three ALMS races so that Christophe Tinseau and J.J. Lehto can get some more seat-time in the new Cadillac. Tinseau will share the No. 8 Cadillac with Angelelli, while Frenchmen Eric Bernard and Emmanuel Collard will share the driving duties in the No. 7 Cadillac. Lehto is not here this weekend, but he may rejoin the team in two weeks at Mosport.

Andy Pilgrim's win in the inaugural Road America 500 two weeks ago was the 50th of his professional sports car career.

Corvette ace Ron Fellows has been busy testing a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in preparation for next month's Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen.

The Mugen-powered Panoz entries have withdrawn from this weekend's race.

Michelin has 21 engineers, tire fitters, and operations managers on hand this weekend to support the 14 teams that run on the French company's tires. Michelin has led an astounding 5,487 of 5,685 (96.517%) laps in ALMS competition since the series' inception in 1999.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , J.J. Lehto , Ron Fellows , Andy Pilgrim , Emmanuel Collard , Wayne Taylor , Christophe Tinseau , Jon Field , Max Angelelli , Alex Job
Teams Dyson Racing