Ian Baas Birmingham, Mid-Ohio double duty preview

Baas Is Racing In Both Ohio and Alabama This Weekend LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 19 - It's about 552 miles as the crow flies between the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio and Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala. Just ask Ian ...

Baas Is Racing In Both Ohio and Alabama This Weekend

LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 19 - It's about 552 miles as the crow flies between the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio and Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala.

Just ask Ian Baas.

The Noblesville, Ind.-based driver is driving two different sports cars in two different series at those two road courses this weekend.

He'll compete in the Rolex Series GT race at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon (one-hour-tape-delayed on SPEED at 4 p.m. Eastern), and then the SPEED World Challenge race at Mid-Ohio on Sunday morning (tape-delayed on SPEED at 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, July 28).

The 24-year-old driver's marathon weekend has already begun. He was second in the morning practice session at Mid-Ohio on Thursday with the STaSIS Motorsports Audi A4 No. 18 he drives in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series. The car, which advertises Team Janica Racing, silvertrek.com, PFAFF, STaSIS, Clear Capital and the not-for-profit group Baas helps, the Think First National Injury Prevention, was timed in 1:23.451 during the practice session, just 0.538 of a second behind the top time set by Peter Cunningham.

Baas is coming off his best finish of the year in this series, second, and he'd like nothing better but to take the top step of the podium after Sunday's race. Qualifying will be held at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, while that 50-minute race is scheduled to get the green flag at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. A total of 26 cars are entered.

After practicing at Mid-Ohio on Thursday Baas flew to Birmingham, Ala., where he got behind the wheel for practice in the Farnbacher Loles No. 85 Porsche that he'll share with Craig Stanton in Rolex Series GT action. Qualifying for that race will be held at 4:35 p.m. on Friday and hopes are high for a good starting spot, since the car qualified second at the last race.

The Rolex GT race, which is slated for 109 laps or two and a half hours, is slated to start at 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. A total of 22 cars are entered. In addition to Shoes for Crews and Recaro, the No. 85 promotes APR, goapr.com, silvertrek.com, Team Janica Racing and Think First.

Baas will continue to fly back and fourth between Mid-Ohio's 2.4-mile road course and Barber's 2.3-mile track throughout the weekend.

The SPEED World Challenge Web site is at world-challenge.com, while the Rolex Series' Web site is at grand-am.com. Both series' Web sites will have live timing and scoring of their respective races.

-credit: ianbaasracing.com.

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Series Grand-Am , PWC
Drivers Peter Cunningham , Craig Stanton , Ian Baas