Target Ganassi Racing's Bruno Junqueira led the Saturday morning CART practice at the GP of Long Beach with a time of 1:08.006, more than a second faster than the fastest of Friday's times. Provisional pole-sitter, Cristiano da Matta was fourth...
Target Ganassi Racing's Bruno Junqueira led the Saturday morning CART practice at the GP of Long Beach with a time of 1:08.006, more than a second faster than the fastest of Friday's times. Provisional pole-sitter, Cristiano da Matta was fourth in the morning session, 0.214 seconds behind Junqueira. Jimmy Vasser, in his backup Team Rahal Lola turned in the second-quickest time as he took the checker to end the session at a 1:08.128. Da Matta's teammate, Christian Fittipaldi, second in yesterday's qualifying, was third fast this morning.
Improvement was shown by several drivers as Adrian Fernandez (7th), Townsend Bell (8th) and Max Papis (10th) all had their most competitive session so far this weekend. Papis struggled early in the session with brake balance problems, but turned in a much better time on his last set of tires. The Team Green and Forsythe Racing drivers continued to struggle with their Reynard chassis, with Paul Tracy showing the best of the group with a 1:09.308 lap for 16th fastest in the session.
The session ran without much incident. The red flag was displayed three times; first for a turn 9 spin by Michel Jourdain Jr., later when Scott Dixon ran wide in the hairpin, and just a few minutes later when Shinji Nakano also spun in turn 9. All three were quickly restarted and were able to continue after serving out their penalties for causing the disruptions.
Atlantics Saturday practice notes -
Ryan Hunter-Reay continued as fastest competitor in the Atlantic portion of the GP of Long Beach. Hylton Motorsports driver Hunter-Reay earned the provisional pole in the Friday qualifying session and again put his car at the top late in the Saturday morning session with a time of 1:18.425. Early in the session, third-qualified Michael Valiente led the time sheets from Jon Fogarty and Ryan Dalziel. Valiente completed the session with the second-fastest time, with Fogaty third and Dalziel ninth. Jonathan Macri and Rocky Moran Jr. showed some greater speed in today's session, jumping up to post the fourth and fifth fastest times in the morning session.
Trans-Am Saturday practice notes -
Reigning series champion, Paul Gentilozzi, was the quickest in this morning's Trans-Am practice session, followed by series rookie Butch Leitzinger and veteran driver Boris Said. Said's Panoz Esperante survived an incident of light contact with Joey Scarallo's Corvette after a spin in turn 3 when the tires were still cold. The two fastest drivers in Friday's qualifying, Michael Lewis and Lou Gigliotti, were fourth and fifth this morning.