PORSCHES RUN 1-2-3 IN UNOFFICIAL PRACTICE FOR ROLEX SERIES FINALE TOOELE, Utah-September 19 -- Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype Class teams topped the speed chart Thursday in preparation for this weekend's SunRichGourmet.com 1,000 at Miller ...
PORSCHES RUN 1-2-3 IN UNOFFICIAL PRACTICE FOR ROLEX SERIES FINALE
TOOELE, Utah-September 19 -- Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype Class teams topped the speed chart Thursday in preparation for this weekend's SunRichGourmet.com 1,000 at Miller Motorsports Park, the final stop of the 2008 Rolex Grand Am Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. After two afternoon sessions, the Porsche teams swept the top three places in the DP class.
The race, which starts at 3:00 PM EDT on Saturday, September 20, will be telecast live on SPEED TV, with live timing and scoring available at www.grand-am.com.
In what was described as a "Promoter Test Day," Portugal's Joao Barbosa set the quickest time of the day (2:37.313) in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-Riley, followed by Joey Hand of Sacramento, Calif., in the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Alex Job Racing Porsche-Riley (2:37.776) and Darren Law of Phoenix in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche-Riley (2:37.852). Barbosa's time came in the later session and represented a major improvement after winding up 12th overall in the opening session. Hand recorded his time in the first session while Law set his time in the second session.
"It was good-we changed the car a little bit," Barbosa said. "This is my first time here and I only got a couple of flying laps in the first session. I got more time on the track in this session so everything was good."
Thursday's schedule provided a get-acquainted session for the 4.486-mile, 24-turn Miller Motorsports Park "full course." More importantly, it gave the teams nearly two hours of track time to test their cars under race-like conditions.
With Saturday's race scheduled for 1,000 kilometers or seven hours (whichever comes first), most teams opted to add a third driver. Porsche legend Hurley Haywood, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., joins the regular drivers in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche-Riley--J.C. France of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Barbosa. Indy-car racing's Buddy Rice of Phoenix, the 2004 Indy 500 winner, will partner David Donohue of Malvern, Pa., and Law in the No. 58 Brumos entry.
Meanwhile, the Alex Job Racing entry will contest the race with its usual lineup of Hand and Bill Auberlen of Redondo Beach, Calif.
In the opening 50-minute session, Hand set the quick time in the Ruby Tuesday entry with Donohue second overall in the No. 58 Brumos entry. However, Hand and Auberlen were unable to go quicker in the later session and dropped a few spots on the chart.
"We were P-5 in the second session," said team owner Alex Job. "Something's wrong with the car. We're not sure what, but the car definitely isn't doing what it was doing during the first session. We've got to go to work to find out what happened to the car. This morning, it clearly was very good and even this morning's time (was good enough) for P-2 in this session."
GT Class Porsche Teams Turn in Impressive Performances
After dominating the opening practice session, Porsche Performance customer teams remained competitive and promise to be in the hunt for Friday's qualifying and Saturday's race
Andy Lally of Dacula, Ga., wound up second overall in the No. 67 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, splitting two Mazdas, with Germany's Dominik Farnbacher fourth overall in the No. 86 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsches 911 GT3 Cup.
The Porsche had a better outing in the opening session as Lally topped the charts, followed by Germany's Wolf Henzler, who was second quickest in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Farnbacher, fourth fastest.