Powell Motorsports Dominant in Afternoon Practice The Sunoco/Encompass-sponsored ...
Powell Motorsports Dominant in Afternoon Practice
The Sunoco/Encompass-sponsored #11 Corvette of Powell Motorsports dominated the field today during the afternoon practice session. Drivers Doug Goad, of Farmington, Mich., and Devon Powell, of Port Petty, Ontario, clocked a 1:28.843 lap at 99.641 mph, more than 2.5 seconds faster than second-fastest car, the Zippo Manufacturing/Dura USA-sponsored #44 Mustang Saleen SR of TF Racing. The fastest Grand Sport (GS) lap went to the APR/Intrax-sponsored #04 Audi S4 of Istook/Aines Motorsports with a 1:33.643. The MAI/www.tirerack.com/Pro-Cam Redline Oil-sponsored #64 Acura Integra R of King Motorsports led the Sport Touring (ST) class with a 1:36.212 lap at 92.009 mph. The fastest Compact 2000 (C2K) car of the day was the Orison-sponsored #42 Acura Integra GSR of Planet Earth Motorsports with its 1:38.661 lap.
Wet Conditions During Morning Practice
Early morning rain showers lifted for this morning's practice session, but still left wet conditions for competitors. Several teams opted to skip the first official practice session of the weekend, but among those who took to the track it was the Zippo Manufacturing/Dura USA-sponsored #44 Mustang Saleen SR of TF Racing that clocked the fastest lap of the session with a 1:31.682 lap time at 96.555 mph. The only other Super Grand Sport (SGS) car that came out during the morning practice was Telus/CIBC World Markets/Tim Hortons-sponsored #7 Ford Mustang Cobra R of Doncaster/Multimatic, which clocked the second-fastest time of 1:33.059.
Toronto-Based Team to Bring in Replacement Car
The Telus/CIBC World Markets/Tim Hortons-sponsored #7 Ford Mustang Cobra R got into the wall at turn five during the afternoon practice session. The Mustang sustained severe front-end damage in the collision, causing the team to retire it from this weekend's race. Luckily the Toronto-based team is not far from home, and a crewmember reported that the team intends to pick up another car from the garage in order to compete in Saturday's three-hour race.
Lexus Fields All-Star Line-up in Search of First IS 300 Victory
Team Lexus has fielded an all-star line-up for this weekend's three-hour race in hopes of earning its first Sport Touring (ST) class victory of the season in the new Lexus IS 300. Andy Lally, of Northpoint, N.Y., will join Jason Potter, of Oxford, Ohio, behind the wheel of the #2 Lexus IS 300. Potter is the current ST points leader, while Lally is the current points leader of the SportsRacing Prototype II class in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Terry Borcheller, of Phoenix, and team owner Chuck Goldsborough, of Baltimore, will share driving duties in the Merritt/Protrac-sponsored #0 Lexus IS 300. Borcheller is currently third in the GT driver standings of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, where he has scored three victories this season.
Qualifying for the Mosport Grand-Am Cup Three Hour Race will be held Saturday morning with the green flag falling to begin the race at 3 p.m. ET.