Cooper Tires Championship Series Thursday Test Session Notes from Road Atlanta
The second event of the Cooper Tires Championship Series unofficially got underway Thursday with pre-event test at Road Atlanta.
A dedicated Cooper Series test day, cars were able to go on track as they please for the morning session from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and in the afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Commencing in somewhat cool temperatures, the conditions were soon warm and ideal.
Making their 2004 debut at Road Atlanta are all the SCCA Sportscar Championship contenders, as well as No. 9 Andersen, No. 12 Hansen, No. 5 Kraut, No. 44 Szykulski in the Zetec Championship and No. 12 Pritchard and No. 11 Streckert in Formula SCCA.
Early in the morning session drivers became acquainted with the demanding 2.5-mile track. Numerous drivers have never raced here before. No. 9 last raced at Road Atlanta in 1992.
After getting up to speed several teams sent their drivers out to scrub in new tires.
No. 37 Holtzman in Sportscar has Zetec Championship Andrew Davis coaching during the day. Davis will also occasionally drive the car.
The morning session is first halted for No. 2 Dromm in Formula SCCA, for being high-sided on the course.
Midway through the morning session No. 9 crashes in turn one. The driver is unhurt, but the car suffered extensive suspension damage. The crew expected to have car back on course for the last half of the afternoon session.
Late in the morning the session, the session is halted to get No. 10 Burkett in the Zetec Championship, who had stopped on course.
At the conclusion of the morning session No. 25 Prendeville is quickest overall and in the Zetec Championship with a lap of 1:24.574. The fastest Formula SCCA car is No. 97 Futrelle, with a lap of 1:28.148. The fastest Sportscar is No. 37, with a lap of 1:29.362.
Following a one-hour break for lunch, testing resumed.
Midway through the session, testing is halted for No. 2 who has made heavy impact with the concrete wall in turn seven. The driver is unhurt, but the car has suffered extensive front and rear damage. Upon examination it was determined the car was not fixable and Dromm withdrew from the event.
No. 57 Welk in the Zetec Championship is forced to miss a large portion of the afternoon session, as the team replaced a leaking oil pan.
Late in the afternoon the session is halted for No. 77 Abbale in Formula SCCA, who made heavy impact with the concrete wall in turn seven. The driver in unhurt, but the car has a lot of damage to the front and right rear corner. The crew has begun fixing the car in preparation for qualifying on Friday.
Almost immediately after the session was restarted, it was halted once again for No. 79 Meredith, who had stopped on course.
Posting the fastest time in the day was Zetec Championship driver No. 3 Wilson, with a lap of 1:24.309 (106.750 MPH). The fastest Formula SCCA driver was No. 26 Klein, with a lap of 1:28.083 (102.176 MPH). The fastest Sportscar was No. 37 Holtzman, with a lap 1:29.362 (100.714 MPH).
The Drift Atlanta event gets underway Friday, with SCCA Sportscar Championship qualifying at 9:45 a.m. The Formula SCCA Championship has qualifying at 12:05 p.m., followed by Formula Ford Zetec Championship qualifying at 3:20 p.m.