GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 24)- Will Langhorne got into Grand Rapids before most of his competitors in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. He put the extra time to good use. Langhorne took several different looks at the Scott Brayton Memorial Street...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 24)- Will Langhorne got into Grand Rapids before most of his competitors in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. He put the extra time to good use.
Langhorne took several different looks at the Scott Brayton Memorial Street Circuit in downtown Grand Rapids. So when Langhorne got on the track for real Friday morning, he was ready.
Langhorne, of Washington, D.C., set the fastest time in Barber Dodge Pro Series practice Friday, turning a fast lap of 1 minute, 16.458 seconds for an average speed of 74.394 mph on the tight, 13-turn 1.58-mile temporary street course. Todd Snyder was second in 1:16.599 (74.257 mph) and Alex Gurney was third, nearly a half second behind Snyder (1:17.096, 73.778 mph).
"The thing that gave me an advantage was I got here on Wednesday and I spent as much time as I could on the track," Langhorne said. "I walked the track. I rode a bike on it. I took a golf cart on it. (Thursday night) I spend about three hours on the track and I walked it again this morning.
"I looked at the line and flow of the track and for opportunities to pass. It enabled me to go out and be comfortable right away."
Snyder, who is second in points, was the only driver, who was close to Langhorne.
"I was able to get a couple of clean laps without any traffic and that was the key because it's going to be tough to pass here."
First-round and final qualifying for the Barber Dodge Pro Series is Saturday.
Friday's practice session times for the Barber Dodge Pro Series at the West Michigan Grand Prix. Track: Scott Brayton Memorial Street Circuit,1.58-mile, 13 turns, temporary street circuit. All cars identical Reynard Dodge V6, open-wheel, single-seat race cars.
1 Will Langhorne, Washington, D.C., 1:16.458, 74.394 mph 2 Todd Snyder, Sheffield, Mass., 1:16.599, 74.257 3 Alex Gurney, Newport Beach, Calif., 1:17.096, 73.778 4 Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Puerto Rico, 1:17.283, 73.600 5 Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 1:17.318, 73.556 6 Eric Tresslar, Denver, 1:17.323, 73.562 7 Thomas Schie, Norway, 1:17.524, 73.371 8 Sepp Koster, The Netherlands, 1:17.621, 73.279 9 Giovanni Anapoli, Italy, 1:17.656, 73.246 10 Nicolas Rondet, France, 1:17.666, 73.237 11 Jeff Simmons, E. Granby, Conn., 1:17.669, 73.206 12 John McCaig, Vancouver, Canada, 1:17.710, 73.195 13 Jon Fogarty, Portola Valley, Calif., 1:17.806, 73.105 14 Tom Woods, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 1:18.139, 72.793 15 Nilton Rossoni, Brazil, 1:18.153, 72.780 16 Shane Donley, Las Vegas, 1:18.291, 72.652 17 Jamie Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 1:18.353, 72.595 18 Jarrett Boon, Phoenix, 1:18.748, 72.230 19 Peter Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 1:18.799, 72.184 20 Charles Willis, Germantown, Tenn., 1:18.878, 72.111 21 Owen McAuley, Ireland, 1:19.026, 71.976 22 Gregg Borland, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 1:19.040, 71.964 23 Samer Hindi, Los Angeles, 1:19.278, 71.748 24 Brian Pelke, Lansing, Ill., 1:19.619, 71.440 25 Scott Mayer, Franklin, Wis., 1:20.983, 70.237
First-round and final qualifying is Saturday