Homestead: Beyer Racing qualifying report

BEYER RACING STARTS ON THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH ROWS FOR THE SEASON FINALE Homestead, Florida - October 9th, 2009 - The Beyer Racing team took part in the last qualifying session of the year today for the Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale which...

BEYER RACING STARTS ON THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH ROWS FOR THE SEASON FINALE

Homestead, Florida - October 9th, 2009 - The Beyer Racing team took part in the last qualifying session of the year today for the Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale which will take place Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will also mark the conclusion of the first full year of competition for the Beyer squad.

Jordan Taylor qualified the #13 Brach's Chevrolet Riley and turned a lap of 1m14.239s which places him 11th on the starting grid. Jordan will be sharing driving duties with his brother Ricky this weekend as the siblings drive their newly painted bright yellow Brach's car. This will mark the third time this year that the Taylor brothers drive together, previously they paired up at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in February and the 6 hour race at Watkins Glen in June.

The #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford was on the hands of Mike Forest for qualifying today. Forest will be making his first start in the Crawford chassis this year as he pairs up with Jared Beyer. Forest had a chance to acclimate himself with the new chassis last week at a private test at Sebring International Raceway, at the same test Beyer also took the opportunity to get back in the groove after a two race hiatus. Forest qualified 14th with a lap of 1m14.734s.

Jordan Taylor #13 Brach's Chevrolet Riley

"This morning was good, we had a good car and then we went to qualify and didn't pick up anytime while everybody else did so we didn't get the result that we expected. We are not sure what happened, the lap felt as good as it did this morning but for some reason the speed just wasn't there.

I'm starting on the inside which I think here will be a big plus when getting to the first complex because it's pretty tight. Although I've never raced here in a DP car I know it's going to be a difficult race tomorrow. There isn't a lot of grip out there and there also aren't many places to pass so we are going to have to be very smart when negotiating traffic and we have to make sure we keep the Brach's car in touch with the leaders."

Mike Forest #5 Lennox Chevrolet Crawford

"I think it wasn't a bad qualifying for my first effort in the Crawford. We were trying to fix some of the understeer and ended up softening the front which made the car bounce all through the Turn 2 section after hitting the Turn 1 compression which made it very difficult to get it slowed down. All around its going to be a tough day tomorrow, it's going to be very hot. I think we can improve the car and have a decent shot at it. Starting from the outside is going to be tough because there are three left in a row so I just need to try to find some room to make up some positions, so it's not bad but it's not everything I was hoping for."

-credit: br

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jordan Taylor , Jared Beyer , Mike Forest