Laguna Seca: Team CytoSport qualifying report

Team CytoSport Muscle Milk to start third in class at Laguna Seca Monterey, CA (October 9, 2009) - Team CytoSport Muscle Milk drivers Klaus Graf and Greg Pickett will be starting the team's home race tomorrow at the 2009 Monterey Sports Car ...

Team CytoSport Muscle Milk to start third in class at Laguna Seca

Monterey, CA (October 9, 2009) - Team CytoSport Muscle Milk drivers Klaus Graf and Greg Pickett will be starting the team's home race tomorrow at the 2009 Monterey Sports Car Championship third in class and seventh overall.

Klaus Graf was behind the wheel of the #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder for the final qualifying session of the year. The German, who has surprised many with his on track performances aboard the Porsche RS Spyder, had to deal with a challenging car throughout the qualifying session.

Although the team has shown strong progress since its first outing on-track yesterday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the team battled understeer issues in qualifying. Despite the problem, Graf registered a quick lap of 1 minute 14.492 seconds on his sixth lap out, which placed him third in class and seventh overall.

On track at Laguna With a four-hour race ahead of them, the Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad remain confident they can continue its streak of podium finishes.

In the three American Le Mans Series races contested this year, the team has scored a second and two thirds - finishing on the podium at each event.

What they have to say:

Greg Pickett, Owner / Driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder
"We made real progress today compared to yesterday. Obviously we don't have the speed of the Acura right now and we're struggling with some understeering issues with our Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder. But when Klaus gets out of the car and tells me that's all that is in the car, I believe that, because he rings its neck every time, in qualifying particularly. It's a long race, four hours, and I feel pretty good about the race. I'm confident we will be OK, the team is doing a good job. We made progress and that's what's important to us."

Klaus Graf, Driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder
"They were good laps, I tried really hard but for some reason we just can't do the same lap times as the competition, which is a bit frustrating in qualifying. On the other hand, the Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder was very quick this morning in cold conditions, and in the race we're more likely to have those conditions. It's a long race, a lot can happen, so in the end qualifying doesn't matter that much. (About the race) It's going to be really difficult in traffic. There are a lot of GT3 cars and there's a big speed difference between those cars and us. The battle in GT2 is full on so those guys are not going to give any room. That's going to be one of the major factors. Staying out of trouble and keeping your nose clean will be important. That's what we'll try to do. I'm proud of the guys. We did a good job today. As for tomorrow, we can aim for a good result, we just have to keep in mind that it's a long race and anything can happen."

-credit: tcs

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