FRONT ROW FOR MELO AT ROAD AMERICA
After a very productive two days of practice leading up to the Generac 500 at Road America, Risi Competizione's Jaime Melo today secured a front row starting spot on the GT2 grid. His best time of 2:06.375 might have been improved upon towards the end of the 20-minute session but a red flag brought it to a premature end. Harrison Brix of San Jose, California qualified the #61 car and produced his best lap of the weekend so far to take a place on the fourth row of the grid.
Melo, who had topped the time sheets in the practice session just prior to qualifying, was disappointed not to have been able to grab a pole position which he felt was very achievable.
"I had a lot of understeer through the Carousel and in the high speed corners and I know we could have been quicker so second is a little disappointing in that respect. The solution we have for the race is good though and we have a very balanced car so I am confident for tomorrow."
Harrison Brix's new-for-Road America team mate, Rob Bell, had also shown in practice that the hard work put into finding the optimum set up on the Ferrari F430 GT had paid off. For qualifying, he handed over the #61 to Brix, who has more experience of the Road America track.
"The car is really good," said Brix. "But as far as squeezing another couple of seconds out of it, it wasn't possible for me. I think we will be very consistent and good on old tires so if we stay out of trouble and make the right choices we will have a good result tomorrow."
The Risi Competizione team is saddened by the loss of Andrea Pininfarina who lost his life in a road accident yesterday while on his way to work. The team expresses its sincere condolences to Ing. Sergio Pininfarina, his wife and family.
The Pininfarina name has long been associated with the Ferrari marque, and is the design inspiration behind many of the manufacturer's models including the Ferrari 430 GT. Andrea Pininfarina was the head of the company founded by his grandfather, Battista, in 1930.