Road Atlanta: The Racer's Group Saturday notes

Gleason and Bunting to start ninth in GT Class and 27th overall tomorrow at Road Atlanta. BRASELTON, Ga., June 28 - The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS ...

Gleason and Bunting to start ninth in GT Class and 27th overall tomorrow at Road Atlanta.

BRASELTON, Ga., June 28 - The Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS #68 of Chris Gleason and Marc Bunting will start ninth in the GT class and 27th overall in tomorrow's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta Motorsports Park by virtue of Bunting's qualifying speed of 104.601 mph.

Gleason is from Johnstown, Pa., while Bunting lives in Monkton, Md.

The two-hour and 45-minute race over the demanding, 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course will be televised live on CBS beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

The traditional qualifying session was scrubbed when rain plagued the first afternoon practice session. The time set aside for qualifying turned into another practice session, with each car's starting spot for tomorrow's race determined by the best lap it ran anytime in practice Saturday afternoon.

"Our Racer's Group Porsche is good," said Gleason Saturday afternoon. "I'm not getting any quality time in the car though. I only had three laps in the dry. Marc [Bunting] has been doing a great job though, and our car is very good.

"I need to find some speed, but you do that incrementally, not in spurts like I've been getting, especially not if you're over 40," he added with a smile.

"I've done all the wet laps," Gleason continued. "One of our strengths is that Marc and I are pretty even, so there is no drop off in performance when we switch drivers. I had so much fun driving in the rain this morning; it's like an amusement park ride, sliding around and everything. They had to call me a couple times to come in because I was just having too much fun. I think we qualified in the top 10, and anytime you qualify in the top 10 against this caliber of competition, you're doing a good job."

Sixteen of the race's 36 entries are in the GT class.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Marc Bunting