Mid-Ohio Friday notes

Saleen Bounces Back from Electrical Problems The Saleen S7R of Park Place Racing/Fordahl Motorsports returned to action today during a test session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic. The Saleen retired...

Saleen Bounces Back from Electrical Problems

The Saleen S7R of Park Place Racing/Fordahl Motorsports returned to action today during a test session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic. The Saleen retired early from the Lime Rock Grand Prix two weeks ago when it suffered severe electrical problems, whose cause the team could not pinpoint.

"We found out that we were actually having two water-induced electrical problems," car owner Chris Bingham, of Kirkland, Wash., said. "We also had a ventilation problem with the windshield that made it very difficult to see."

New Face Behind the Dyson Wheel

Fans will see a new face behind the wheel of the #20 Dyson Racing Team car. Dorsey Schroeder, of Little Torch Key, Fla., will share driving duties with Elliot Forbes-Robinson, of Sherrill's Ford, N.C., this weekend in the Ford-powered Riley & Scott. Forbes-Robinson, known in the racing community as EFR, normally slides behind the wheel with either Englishman Andy Wallace or team owner Rob Dyson. However, both Wallace and Dyson had prior commitments for this weekend, opening up a spot for Schroeder on the team. This weekend will be Schroeder's first appearance in the Rolex Sports Car Series since it kicked off the season with the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Robinson Returns with New Riley & Scott Mark III-C

Robinson Racing will once again attempt to debut its new Riley & Scott Mark III-C at this weekend's ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic. The team first attempted to debut the new car at the Six Hour of The Glen in May, but a stuck throttle caused team owner George Robinson, of Houston, to get into the wall, severely damaging the car. The team pulled out their old Riley & Scott car to compete in at The Glen and Lime Rock Grand Prix while the new car was being repaired. The new Mark III-C is back at the track and Robinson and co-driver Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga., hope it will help them repeat their ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic victory of last year. No other team has contested a new Riley & Scott Mark III-C in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

New Teams Joining the Rolex Series

Three teams will make their first appearances of the season at the ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic this weekend. Multimatic Motorsports will field a Nissan-powered Lola in the SportsRacing Prototype II class for the first time this season, while ProTech South Racing will debut its Porsche RSR in the GT class. American Viper Racing will also make its first appearance in the GTS class with a Viper GTS-R. Team Tambourine, which failed to qualify for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, will return to the Rolex Series with its Mazda Miata MX-5 for this weekend's race.

-Grnad-Am

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Chris Bingham , Rob Dyson , Jack Baldwin , George Robinson , Dorsey Schroeder
Teams Dyson Racing , Multimatic Motorsports