WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 18 - Didier Theys worked on the car's balance, Fredy Lienhard got re-acclimated to Watkins Glen International, and Jan Magnussen got his first taste of the famous 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course on Friday as practice opened...
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 18 - Didier Theys worked on the car's balance, Fredy Lienhard got re-acclimated to Watkins Glen International, and Jan Magnussen got his first taste of the famous 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course on Friday as practice opened for Sunday's Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix Rolex Series race.
The Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27 had power steering for the first time Friday. Driver comfort will be important in Sunday's six-hour race, especially if it is run under the hot and muggy conditions the teams encountered here Friday.
All three drivers drove during the one-and-one-half hour morning session. They were 11th overall with a lap in 1:50.240 (111.030 mph) in that session.
In the 40-minute afternoon session Magnussen and Lienhard drove and the team ended up 11th overall in that session too. That time its fastest lap was a 1:51.259 (110.014 mph).
"We're just working on the set-up," said Theys. "We're working on the balance and the grip, and we're making progress. Fredy is getting back to speed after being off for two months, and Jan is getting used to this track. We like the power steering. It'll be a big help, especially after the second stint for each driver on Sunday.
"We're pleased to be back at the Glen again and looking forward to Sunday's race," Theys added.
"This is my first time here, and I like the track very much," said Magnussen, who arrived in the states on Tuesday night after his class victory last weekend in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. "The track is very nice. We're making some changes, and hopefully we'll be faster tomorrow."
"I'm only four seconds behind Jan, which is good for me," said Lienhard. "It is good to have the power steering. Not only does it make it easier, but you can also react faster, so it makes it quicker and even safer."
The fastest DORAN JE4 in both sessions was the G&W Motorsports/Rx.com DORAN JE4 BMW of Cort Wagner, Brent Martini and Kelly Collins. It was fifth in the first session and third in the second session.
The SunTrust Racing Riley Pontiac of Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor was fastest in both sessions. The fastest lap of the day was a 1:45.829 (115.658 mph) run in the morning.
One more hour of practice remains on Saturday morning before qualifying at 1:25 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The six-hour race starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. It will be broadcast on SPEED live from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.
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