Daytona24: JLowe Racing Thursday qualifying report

JLowe Racing Rolex 24 Qualifying Report; World's Fastest Neurosurgeon and team start in top 20 DAYTONA BEACH, FL, January 28, 2010 - The ...

JLowe Racing Rolex 24 Qualifying Report; World's Fastest Neurosurgeon and team start in top 20

DAYTONA BEACH, FL, January 28, 2010 - The #64 Siemens Gigaset JLowe Racing Porsche GT3 Cup had a solid qualifying effort on Thursday afternoon for Saturday's 48th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. 21-year old Grand-Am veteran Eric Lux turned a best lap of 1:51.449 on his third lap, which was good enough for 17th place. Lux was looking to best that time, but with his tires going away, he was unable to improve upon the effort. With only the top 20 cars making it into the field during the first qualifying session, the JLowe effort allows the team to now focus on the race set-up.

Team owner and driver Dr. Jim Lowe was pleased with team's performance after the day's sessions. "Today is the first day of a four-day event. Our first goal was to get everyone back in the swing of things, and we did that. We ran quick from the very first session and the car is put together well. The crew is solid and everyone is hitting their marks. Eric Lux just ran a great qualifying session-he really did a terrific job. The Porsches don't have the all-out speed of the Mazdas, so we didn't expect to be on the pole. But we are proud to be where we are, which is qualifying within the lead group, so we don't have to came back and do it again tomorrow. Now we can get back to the plan. Next up is the night practice session and then tomorrow we just work on fine-tuning the car."

"Tomorrow is a big day, we have our sponsors and partners arriving in force. We have 40 to 50 people coming including the Chief Officers of Siemens Gigaset from both North America and Mexico and also from Environmental Packaging Solutions. The president of the ThinkFirst Foundation will also be here. We're really looking forward to showing them what an awesome event this is."

Eric Lux felt he could have done better in his qualifying effort. "On my fastest lap, I made a mistake leaving the chicane which cost us about 4 tenths. But overall the team is really good and the car is good. We're making some changes to the car tonight that we needed to wait to do. The car should be even quicker now and I expect us to be in the top ten in the race and in contention come Sunday afternoon."

-source: jlowe racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eric Lux , Jim Lowe