SEBRING QUALIFYING THWARTED BY MAZDA CRASH PATRON HIGHCROFT RACING ...
SEBRING QUALIFYING THWARTED BY MAZDA CRASH
PATRON HIGHCROFT RACING #9 ACURA TO START 9th ON GRID
Thursday afternoon's qualifying session was thwarted when the BK Racing Mazda went off the track at Turn One at the beginning of the session. Saturday's starting grid will be determined by taking each car's best lap time from the three earlier practices, placing Patron Highcroft Racing ninth on the grid and sixth in the LMP2 class.
David Brabham, who was qualifying the #9 car, didn't get the chance to leave Pit Lane, as the entire session was terminated by a red flag. Brabs, putting today's session in perspective, said, "Though it was a shame we didn't get to see how strong we could have been in qualifying, we do know that we've progressed a lot during the week. We never went for an ultimate lap time in practice because we were concentrating on race setup, so ninth place on the starting grid doesn't really reflect where we are. It's a long race and we'll treat it that way. We'll have a fresh set of tires on Saturday and we'll concentrate on getting through the traffic safely at the beginning, because it's going to be very busy for about five or six laps."
Team owner Duncan Dayton added, "The car has been pretty good all week. We've been chasing the setup and trying different variations. The good news is we've got a great baseline setup from all the testing that we've been doing. We'll use the next practice session to experiment with finding more grip in various places. Going into qualifying today, we had a lot of good cues from what we learned that we put on the car. With this turn of events, we'll test the changes during night practice tonight. I have no doubt we'll be in good shape for the race."