Ballou paces TRG qualifying effort for Mexico City 250
MEXICO CITY - TRG's Ted Ballou and Tim George qualified 12th and 13th, respectively for tomorrow's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car SeriesAJR Homestead presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Mexico City 250.
Under sunny skies and temperatures near 70 degrees, Ballou recorded his fastest time just two laps into the 20-minute qualifying session with a 1:28.636 (101.539 mph). Teammate Bryce Miller will co-drive with Ballou in the No. 66 Marquis Jet/Mitchell Rubber/Resorts International Porsche GT3 Cup.
"The team did a great job of getting the car out there in between the morning session and qualifying," Ballou said following qualifying. "I think the change helped me improve over my previous best time. The car felt pretty good. We definitely got it back to where it should be and we're looking pretty good for the race. We're excited."
Piloting the No. 67 Tampico Porsche GT3 Cup, George turned a fast time of 1:29.777 (100.248 mph), which was good enough for 13th on the grid. Teammate Spencer Pumpelly will share the driving duties with George Jr. for the 100-lap, round three race.
"It [qualifying] did not go as planned," George said. "I gave my teammate a huge draft, which helped him out a bunch. I did not get a draft myself. I felt that I went as fast as I have all weekend. But, I kind of missed the window for the tires. It was not exactly perfect, but I know the importance of a good, clean first stint and giving the car over to my co-driver Spencer. My goal is to have a good, clean first stint."
"Ted and Tim both set personal bests in qualifying, which was great," team owner Kevin Buckler said. "It looks like we found some more time in the [No.] 66, which we needed. I think both cars are ready to race. It's going to be a good race on Saturday and we're looking forward to getting on with it. We won here in 2005 and 2006. So, we've got a pretty good handle on this track."
Through the first two rounds, Pumpelly and George Jr. lead the Rolex Series GT driver point standings with 62 points, while Miller and Ballou are in eighth place with 50 points. TRG also leads the Rolex Series GT team point standings with 62.