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Donohue, Edwards Lead Thursday Rolex Series Practice at Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 29, 2012) – Bowties were in style on Thursday at Barber Motorsports Park as Chevrolet drivers David Donohue and Paul Edwards led their respective classes in practice for Saturday’s Porsche 250.

#5 Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP: David Donohue, Christian Fittipaldi, Darren Law
#5 Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP: David Donohue, Christian Fittipaldi, Darren Law

Photo by: Greg Aleck

David Donohue turned in a best lap at 100.825 mph (1:22.122) in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP to head the Daytona Prototype field, while Paul Edwards posted a best lap at 91.010 mph (1:30.979) to lead GT in the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R.

“We deliberately tried to go quick,” Donohue said. “It’s not like I can say, ‘It’s just a practice.’ We were trying and that’s what I had at the moment. Maybe we’ll get some more later, who knows? I don’t think everybody else is showing everything they got.”

Donohue’s lap was 0.528 seconds quicker than 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Ozz Negri, who logged a best lap at 100.181 mph (1:22.650) in the No. 60 LiveOn/Curb Records Ford/Riley. Alex Gurney filled out the Daytona Prototype top three at 99.967 mph (1:22.827 mph) in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP.

Behind Edwards, Robin Liddell gave Chevrolet a 1-2 sweep in GT with a best lap of 90.776 mph (1:31.213) in the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Camaro GT.R. Bill Auberlen was third in GT in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 at 90.646 mph (1:31.344 mph).

The lone stoppage came midway through the two-hour session when John Potter rolled to a stop with heavy smoke trailing from the rear of his No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3. The team reported engine problems as the culprit.

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