Laguna Seca: Farnbacher Loles Racing qualifying report

Farnbacher Loles on front row at Laguna Seca After the longest trek of the season, the Farnbacher Loles Racing transporters rolled into Monterey California's beautiful Laguna Seca raceway for round four of the Grand-Am Rolex Series. Coming off...

Farnbacher Loles on front row at Laguna Seca

After the longest trek of the season, the Farnbacher Loles Racing transporters rolled into Monterey California's beautiful Laguna Seca raceway for round four of the Grand-Am Rolex Series. Coming off an impressive double podium in torrential rain at Thunderbolt Raceway, the team was on an emotional upswing and looking to see what effect Grand-Am's recent weight adjustments would have in the dry.

Qualifying turned out to be a serious battle, as Mazda held the top spot until lap four when Leh Keen of knocked off Bryce Miller with a 1:27.531. Keen's #87 Porsche GT3 Cup was soon topped by Nick Ham in another Mazda lowering the best lap by .28. Leh would hold onto the P2 position for a front row starting spot in Sunday's race, in which he will co-drive with his season-long partner Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany. Keen and Werner sit second in the championship after their Thunderbolt win, only one point in front of Farnbacher Loles teammate Eric Lux of Jacksonville, FL.

Keen who lives in Charleston, SC, felt they gave it all they could in the session. "The car was pretty good. But we are still having rear tire wear problems. There is no way we would be as fast as the Mazdas, so I'm happy with P2. I feel like that's as good as getting the pole. We have some good momentum coming off the New Jersey win, and getting on the front row here is great."

Lux meanwhile turned a fast lap of 1:28.410 in his #86 Porsche, which was good for sixth on the grid. With his regular co-driver Wolf Henzler unavailable this weekend, Lux is teamed with Kevin Roush of Upland, CA, who he also drove with at Daytona in the Rolex 24. Said Lux before the session, "Laguna Seca is a terrific circuit! It is one of my favorites. I have run at the front almost every visit to this track but there has always been something that has prevented a podium. Laguna Seca has been known to favor Porsches and I am looking forward to hopefully tightening the gap in the championship. Kevin Roush and I will be sharing the Farnbacher Loles #86 car this weekend and this being his home track, I believe we will have a good chance at another great finish. I am glad to have another opportunity to race with Kevin this season!"

-credit: flr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nick Ham , Wolf Henzler , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Kevin Roush , Dirk Werner , Bryce Miller