Sebring: Wednesday practice notes

Justice Paces Final Wednesday Practice Session at Sebring, tops charts in both sessions March 15, 2006 -- Sebring, Florida. Ryan Justice, of Portland, Oregon, who shattered the track record at Sebring International Raceway this morning in the ...

Justice Paces Final Wednesday Practice Session at Sebring, tops charts in both sessions

March 15, 2006 -- Sebring, Florida. Ryan Justice, of Portland, Oregon, who shattered the track record at Sebring International Raceway this morning in the first official practice session, came through again in the afternoon session, setting fast lap once again with a time of 1:59.216 during practice for Round One of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. Overall lap times were slower than the morning session when Justice, driving the Northwest Autosport Mazda,lapped the 3.7-mile circuit in 1:58.304, to break the record of 2:02.022 set by Dan Dileo in 2004.

Making his first appearance with the championship, Daniel Herrington, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, set the second fastest time of the afternoon as he posted a time of 1:59.421 in his Bluetooth SIG sponsored AIM Autosport Mazda. He was closely followed by another series rookie, Matt Varsha, son of SPEED Channel broadcaster Bob Varsha, who lapped the circuit in 1:59.708 in the Red Line Oil/Classic Mazda sponsored Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda. Varsha would not escape the session unscathed however as he suffered damage to the rear wing of his Pro Star Mazda while trying to avoid a spinning Jon Brownson.

Brad Jaeger, a mechanical engineering student at Vanderbilt University, posted the fourth fastest time at 1:59.791 in his Andersen Racing Team Mazda, while the fifth fastest time of the session was locked down by series rookie Ron White in the Fulton Valley Farms Ron White Racing Mazda. White, who comes to the series from the karting ranks, lapped the circuit in 1:59.813 during the sunny afternoon session.

The morning session, when temperatures were cooler, produced the fastest times of the day, and while Justice holds the top slot he was closely followed by Jon Branam, from Miami Beach, Florida, who set a fast time of 1:58.697 in his 3-Dimensional Services AMerican Speed Factory Mazda. White, from Santa Clara, California, had the third fastest time of the day at 1:58.723.

Practice resumes with a final thirty-minute practice session at 8:30 AM Eastern Time on Thursday morning. Qualifying for Round One of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear will commence at 12:50 PM Eastern Time.

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Jon Brownson , Ryan Justice , Brad Jaeger , Daniel Herrington , Ron White , Matt Varsha