BIRTHDAY BOY PAGENAUD QUICKEST IN UTAH WARMUP After watching his boss just missing out Saturday on the overall pole position for the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels, Simon Pagenaud put...
BIRTHDAY BOY PAGENAUD QUICKEST IN UTAH WARMUP
After watching his boss just missing out Saturday on the overall pole position for the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels, Simon Pagenaud put de Ferran Motorsports' Acura ARX-01b out front in Sunday's warmup at Miller Motorsports Park.
Pagenaud, celebrating his 24th birthday today, posted a lap of 1:33.661 (117.154 mph) on his next-to-last lap of the 25-minute session. He is making his Series debut with team owner Gil de Ferran, who is returning to the cockpit after a nearly five-year absence.
De Ferran qualified second for today's race, just behind Penske Racing's Timo Bernhard in one of the team's Porsche RS Spyders.
Sunday morning, Pagenaud was 0.208 seconds in front of Audi Sport North America's Marco Werner, the fastest of the LMP1 cars. He qualified the No. 2 Audi R10 TDI sixth overall and first in P1. Werner and Lucas Luhr are looking for their third straight overall Series victory and must be having a sense of déjà vu - they started sixth at Long Beach but still managed to take victory.
Next was Penske's Romain Dumas, Bernhard's teammate, with the third-fastest lap overall at 1:34.456 (116.168 mph). He was 0.079 seconds ahead of Frank Biela in the second Audi that he will share with Emanuele Pirro.
In GT1, Oliver Gavin's late flying lap put Corvette Racing's No. 4 Corvette C6.R on top in class. Gavin posted a lap of 1:44.253 (105.252 mph) in that car that he will pilot with Olivier Beretta, the two looking for a Miller Motorsports Park repeat.
Jan Magnussen's time in the sister Corvette was 1:44.323 (105.181 mph). He and championship co-leader Johnny O'Connell will drive the No. 3 entry.
Dirk Mueller went quickest in GT2 for Tafel Racing in the team's Ferrari F430 GT. Driving with Dominik Farnbacher, Mueller turned in a lap of 1:47.891 (101.703 mph), good enough for a 0.687-second advantage over Farnbacher Loles Racing's Dirk Werner in the team's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. He will drive with Marc Basseng.
Third in class was Risi Competizione's Ferrari F430 GT of Mika Salo and Jaime Melo.