Homestead: Farnbacher Loles Racing qualifying report

Farnbacher Loles Racing notched a top-three start position for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dominik Farnbacher of Ansbach, Germany, qualified the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in one minute 19.856 seconds...

Farnbacher Loles Racing notched a top-three start position for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dominik Farnbacher of Ansbach, Germany, qualified the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in one minute 19.856 seconds on the 2.3-mile infield road course at an average speed of 103.687 mph, good for third on the GT-class grid of 26 cars. Farnbacher will drive the first race stint, followed by his co-driver, 2007 Rolex Series GT champion Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany.

"Qualifying was good," Farnbacher said. "We could have been better because we had some issues with an understeering car. But the car is in very good shape and I think tomorrow in the race, it's going to be very, very good. I'm not really a qualifier, I have to say, but in the race, I'm much better. I'll keep the pace up and try to win."

Leh Keen of Charleston, S.C., and Eric Lux of Jacksonville, Fla., are a strong U.S. driver pairing who also will be chasing a fast pace in the Saturday race. Lux believed he was headed for a top-three GT qualifying run in the No. 86 Porsche, but a miscue dropped him back to eighth with a time of 1:20.551 at 102.792 mph.

"With the car the crew gave me today, we should have been in the top three," Lux said. "On the out-lap, we had an opening and I tried to put a lot of heat in the tires. I felt that the tires were up to temperature, but I had a big lockup going into [turn] one and I screwed up the left-front tire. Tthe rest of the qualifying, it was very difficult to improve the time because in all right-hand corners, we had a really big understeer and quite a bad vibration from the [tire] flat spot. Hopefully, we can make up the positions in the race."

Dave Lacey of Toronto was happy with his qualifying time of 1:20.686 (102.620 mph), which put the No. 88 Doncaster Racing / Farnbacher Loles Porsche 11th on the GT grid. Lacey will drive first on Saturday, followed by Porsche factory driver Patrick Long of Belleair, Fla.

"We started out -- the three Farnbacher cars -- in a row, but unfortunately, somebody spun in front of Dominik, so it kind of mucked up our first lap," Lacey said. "But we gathered it up, the Pirellis [tires] came in and I got a good lap. We're running competitive times -- we're less than a second off the leader, which is great. I'm just looking forward to a good race and getting Pat in the car and seeing what he can do."

fast practice

The Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsches took the top three GT spots in Friday practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Dirk Werner led with a lap of 1:19.202 in the No. 87 Porsche, followed by Leh Keen in the No. 86 (1:19.312) and Patrick Long in the No. 88 (1:19.410).

beards for podiums

Leh Keen and Eric Lux are sporting new beards this weekend. The pair have vowed to not shave until they secure a podium finish.

-credit: flr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Patrick Long , Dave Lacey , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Dominik Farnbacher , Dirk Werner