Mid-Ohio Saturday Wrapup

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 3, 2000) – Didier Theys set the fastest lap in final Grand American Road Racing Association qualifying for Sunday’s U.S. Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Theys ran a lap of 1:17.788 (104.499 mph)...

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 3, 2000) – Didier Theys set the fastest lap in final Grand American Road Racing Association qualifying for Sunday’s U.S. Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Theys ran a lap of 1:17.788 (104.499 mph) on the 2.25-mile road circuit, and will start Sunday’s 111-lap, 250-mile event from the 21st position.

Forty cars are set to take the green flag at 2 p.m., virtually double the 21-car entry for the1999 USRRC Mid-Ohio event.

“The competitors really are embracing the Grand-Am concept,” said Roger Edmondson, Grand-Am President. “Many of the teams have found a home in the Grand-Am, and their sponsors are finding it an exciting property that’s going to continue to grow.”

Theys originally qualified seventh in Friday qualifying, but team owner Kevin Doran elected to change motors and requalify.

“The car is much better today,” Theys said. “We were fighting to find the right setup yesterday, and missed half of opening qualifying. I’m pretty confident for the race, except that we have to start 21st.”

James Weaver, the defending Mid-Ohio winner, won the Informix WAY FAST Award in Friday’s opening qualifying with a lap of 1:17.215 (105.275), in the Dyson Racing Ford-powered Riley & Scott. Wallace and co-driver Butch Leitzinger will attempt to win their second consecutive Grand-Am race, following their Memorial Day triumph at Lime Rock, Conn.

Weaver and Wallace shared the winning Dyson entry in the 1999 U.S. Road Racing Classic, which was the final race sanctioned by the USRRC. Weaver won that race in a fender-banging sprint to the finish against the second Dyson entry, piloted by Leitzinger.

Ironically, Wallace will start second Sunday, co-driving the Philip Creighton Motorsports Ford Lola B2K10 with Scott Schubot, 105.147 mph. Jack Baldwin was third fastest on Friday, 104.867 mph, the only other driver to better Theys’ second round speed.

Bobby Brown recovered from a Friday practice accident to qualify second fastest on Saturday, 94.427 mph, and will start 22nd in his new Ferrari 333SP.

Doran’s engine change moved the G&W Motorsports Porsche of Michael Fitzgerald to 20th starting position, giving the Informix WAY FAST Award for the GTU class to Fitzgerald.

For ticket information, call (800) MID-OHIO. For additional information, visit the official web site, www.grand-am.com.

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