HIGHCROFT RACING'S THREE DRIVERS HIT ROAD ATLANTA FOR EXTENSIVE DAY OF PRACTICE
In an extensive practice day, all three Highcroft drivers spent ample time on the track and got a good taste of what to expect during Saturday's 1,000-mile challenge. Though the first session went smoothly, with Highcroft running in the top six, during the afternoon session, the team ran into some grip issues, which slowed lap times considerably. By the time the day's third session took place in the evening, the team and car rallied and moved back up to sixth at the beginning of the session, but later dropped to 12th.
Robbie Kerr, who is driving at Road Atlanta for the first time, said his time on the track today was "spent getting used to the feel of the car." He was also concentrating on the flow of traffic and "learning where you can and can't overtake the other cars." Said Kerr, "It's always frustrating as a driver because, of course, you want to go faster, but the traffic here plays a huge role in determining that. It will be interesting during the race to see who is going to last because chances are someone will get it slightly wrong and have an off day due to the sheer number of cars out there."
David Brabham, who ran this morning and evening, said of the Acura ARX-01a,"After yesterday's test, we were struggling a bit for grip. We found a bit more today, but we definitely have more work to do. It's very difficult to get a clear lap around here because of the quantity of cars. You just want a clear lap to get a reasonable run, but that's what it's going to be like during the race. At the moment, we're trying to get the best possible speed for the race and focusing on consistency and efficiency. We're not the quickest out there right now but we know that when it comes to the race we'll have a strong package."
Stefan Johansson, the final driver in tonight's session said, "All three of us wanted to get our required three dark laps in plus a few more just to get a feel for the car because we had had some issues in earlier practices. It looks like we've got the car working normally again after some problems we encountered in the past two days. We're in good shape to have a strong car for qualifying tomorrow."