Mexico City: Tuttle Team/SAMAX qualifying report

Two Tuttle Team Racing by SAMAX cars will take the green flag for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City -- one driven by Brian Tutttle and Jonathan Cochet, the second in the hands of Oswaldo...

Two Tuttle Team Racing by SAMAX cars will take the green flag for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City -- one driven by Brian Tutttle and Jonathan Cochet, the second in the hands of Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson, driving for Michael Shank Racing. Tuttle offered his backup car after MSR's primary car was damaged beyond timely repair in a crash Friday morning. Although Patterson is a key rival for the Jim Trueman Award, Tuttle felt it was important to share his second car.

"Michael asked to use the car for the race. Given that they are the series points leader and I like Mark Patterson, I decided it was just the right thing to do," Tuttle said.

The No. 7 Tuttle/SAMAX car will start the race 24th, based on Tuttle's qualifying lap of one minute 26.529 seconds on the 2.5-mile road course. He noted, "I took a second off my fastest lap in the practice sessions, but it still wasn't as good as it should have been."

Porsche power

SAMAX Motorsport also qualified two Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars for the Mexico City race. Martin Jensen drove the No. 17 SAMAX Porsche to eighth in the GT class (1:32.274), after an off-track slide damaged the car's water-pump housing on Thursday. Greg Wilkins put the No. 71 SAMAX/Doncaster Racing Porsche right behind in ninth (1:32.801). Jensen will share driving duty with Robert Bell on Saturday; Dave Lacey will partner Wilkins.

Martin Jensen: "I'm not quite satisfied. Yesterday we lost a lot of time on the track and that seems to be biting us in the butt right now. But the boys fought all night long and this morning to get the car ready. Eighth is not the place we want to be, but we will sit down tonight and go through some data, and get a very good race car for tomorrow."

Greg Wilkins: "We managed to get our fastest time of the weekend in qualifying, which is a good time to do it. The track is very technical, so you have to get the car to the right place on the track to set it up for each of the esses. You need to be in exactly the right place for the last run out of the esses to get the speed on the straightaway. We probably missed the qualifying setup by just a little bit, but the car has a really good race setup on it."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dave Lacey , Greg Wilkins , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Martin Jensen , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing