Homestead: Farnbacher Loles Racing qualifying report

Farnbacher Loles Qualifies Top-5 at Homestead-Miami The Farnbacher Loles Racing team endured 115 degree track temperatures and excessive tire wear to post solid times in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami. Leh Keen of Charleston, SC turned a...

Farnbacher Loles Qualifies Top-5 at Homestead-Miami

The Farnbacher Loles Racing team endured 115 degree track temperatures and excessive tire wear to post solid times in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami. Leh Keen of Charleston, SC turned a lap at 1:19.812 to take the fifth spot on the grid in the #87 Shock Doctor/Intercity Lines/PlanetPorsche Porsche GT3 Cup while Dave Lacey of Toronto, Ontario, Canada put the #86 Wheel Enhancement Porsche GT3 Cup into the 14th spot. Keen's time was the fastest of all the Porsches a feat he has accomplished in every one of his qualifying efforts this year.

Keen and his co-driver Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany have a great deal at stake in Saturday's race, which is the final round of the Grand-Am season. They currently lead the driver's Championship by 30 points and each will need to drive at least 30 minutes in the race to clinch the Championship. Farnbacher Loles Racing will clinch the team Championship at the drop of the green flag.

After the qualifying session, Keen cooled off and reflected on the effort. "I thought the session went pretty well. Since I've been able to keep our car in front of all the other Porsches in qualifying this year, it says a lot about the consistency of the set-up all season. The crew has always given us a great car, and even though the temperatures and the track are not favoring the Porsches here, we are happy with the car. The Mazdas and Pontiacs will be tough to be beat, but I think it will come down to tire management for everyone. Our goal this weekend is for Dirk and I to get the minimum 30 minutes and then we'll focus on the overall race finish."

Dave Lacey is co-driving with season-long racer Eric Lux of Jacksonville, FL in the #86. Lacey's flight to Florida was delayed so he missed most of Thursday's practice, but he settled in during the qualifying session. "Obviously, I didn't get a lot of seat time prior to the session. And I had to bed-in the brakes for the first two laps. On my third lap, when the tires were up to temp, I made a mistake and lost momentum. That should have been my best lap. The good news is the set-up is great and I was able to run some very consistent laps. We should be in good shape for the race and I know Eric will do a great job. And of course I'm rooting for our sister car and look forward to them clinching the Championship."

-credit: flm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dave Lacey , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Dirk Werner