Laguna Seca: Highcroft Racing qualifying report

With a best lap time of 1:11.101 in today's qualifying session, David Brabham put the team fourth on the grid for tomorrow's four-hour Monterey Sports Car Championship. The margins between the top six cars were extremely narrow, with the...

With a best lap time of 1:11.101 in today's qualifying session, David Brabham put the team fourth on the grid for tomorrow's four-hour Monterey Sports Car Championship. The margins between the top six cars were extremely narrow, with the Highcroft Acura only .573 seconds off Penske Racing's pole time and just under 2/100ths of a second behind Andretti Green in third. Brabham, who drove much of today's earlier practice session in the top spot felt that the team's qualifying result was a good indicator of the Acura's strengths. Said Brabham, "All in all, it's a very solid result. We have a strong race car going into tomorrow's challenge. We made a slight change in the middle of qualifying and that bumped us up from sixth to fourth place in the end. Maybe if we had started with that setup, we could have pulled out a faster time. But the top six players were so close in times that we're very pleased with where the car is right now."

Team Manager Robin Hill said the crew echoed David's assessment of the Acura. "The set up is right where we want it to be. We made a slight adjustment in the middle of qualifying and that improved our time. It's a long race tomorrow, so we'll see what happens, but from our vantage point tonight, we're very happy both with our starting position and how well the car is performing in terms of speed and reliability."

With Highcroft Racing in the fourth spot in the championship rankings, tomorrow's challenge promises to be a fierce battle between the team and Dyson Racing. Highcroft trails Dyson Racing's #16 Porsche in the third spot by only four points and is ahead of the #20 Dyson by two points. As team owner Duncan Dayton noted, "We're playing for all the marbles in tomorrow's race. Looking at tonight's qualifying times, we've narrowed the gap from pole considerably compared to our results in the past few races. And there is a great possibility we can knock Dyson out of third and move up a notch. It will be a fight to the end for those points."

Tomorrow's race will be broadcast live on the SPEED channel at 2:30pm, Pacific Time.

Credit: highcroft

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Series ALMS
Drivers Duncan Dayton
Teams Team Penske , Dyson Racing