PATRÃ“N HIGHCROFT CONTINUES TO SET THE LMP2 PACE AS QUALIFYING LOOMS SEBRING, FL, Thursday, 18th March 2010: PatrÃ³n Highcroft Racing continued to set the pace in the LMP2 class in today's opening day of official practice for Saturday's Mobil 1...
PATRÓN HIGHCROFT CONTINUES TO SET THE LMP2 PACE AS QUALIFYING LOOMS
SEBRING, FL, Thursday, 18th March 2010: Patrón Highcroft Racing continued to set the pace in the LMP2 class in today's opening day of official practice for Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring - the first round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
The #1 car of David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti has headed the timesheet in every test and practice session throughout the week except for one - this afternoon's second practice which the team elected to sit out to make final preparations for Saturday's race.
After recording the team's fastest time of the week this morning of 1 minute 47.308 seconds, the team spent this afternoon fitting race components including a new gearbox to the Honda Performance Development factory-backed ARX-01c chassis.
The team returned to the track for tonight's evening practice session. After all three drivers completed their mandatory three laps of night practice, the team tended to a brake issue before Brabham returned to the track to again push the Highcroft machine to the top of the LMP2 class and fourth overall - stopping the clocks at 1:48.711.
This morning's fastest time is already 2.3 seconds faster than last year's LMP2 pole time. For tomorrow afternoon's qualifying session, Scotsman Marino Franchitti will take the wheel as the team does battle against the Dyson Mazda Lola and the Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder for top position honors.
Patrón Highcroft Racing Press Kit Fans will get the chance to get an autograph from the popular Australian/French/Scottish combination at 12:00pm tomorrow and can join the team in its new 2010 fight to end malaria deaths in Africa via the Miles to End Malaria campaign.
For 2010, race fans can take part in the campaign via their cell phone by texting "MILES" to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.
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