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Road America: Touring Car practice two report

Cunningham Tops Afternoon Practice at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 8, 2008) -- Wisconsin's own Peter Cunningham entered the fastest lap in Friday afternoon practice for Round Eight of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring...

Cunningham Tops Afternoon Practice at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 8, 2008) -- Wisconsin's own Peter Cunningham entered the fastest lap in Friday afternoon practice for Round Eight of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship, part of the Road Race Showcase at Road America. Teammate Eric Curran, of East Hampton, Mass., was second fastest in the session, followed by Jim Daniels, of Germantown, Tenn.

Lapping the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course located just down the road from his team's race shop, Milwaukee's Cunningham led the second of two practice sessions with a lap of 2:28.754 (97.965 mph). Driving the No. 42 Acura/RealTime/Eibach/Red Line Oil Acura TSX, Cunningham was reveling in the home track experience.

"It's always fun to be at Road America and be so close to home and see everyone up here," Cunningham said. "We're happy that things are going well thus far, but we understand that tomorrow and Sunday are the days that pay the money, so we're not too excited yet.

"The car feels good. We made a good change in the morning. I'm happy with it and the car's ready to go."

The afternoon time was a bit slower than Cunningham's morning time, a 2:28.608 (98.062 mph), which put him fourth on the combined practice sheets.

Standing in for Glenn Bocchino, Curran piloted the No. 45 Acura/RealTime/Eibach/Red Line Oil Acura RSX to a fast lap of 2:29.002 (97.802 mph) in the afternoon session. The lap placed Curran eighth in combined practice times.

Fresh off his first World Challenge podium finish at Mid-Ohio, Daniels ended the afternoon session in third with a lap of 2:29.316 (97.596 mph) in the No. 75 Mazdaspeed/Stoptech/Racinghart MAZDA6. Daniels quicker morning time, a 2:29.311 (97.600 mph), put him 10th quickest on the day.

Quickest in the morning session, Jason Saini, of Fort Worth, Texas, ended the day atop the combined practice times in the No. 74 Mazdaspeed/Stoptech/Racinghart MAZDA6. Saini's quickest lap was a 2:28.039 (98.439 mph).

Chip Herr, of Lititz, Pa., followed on the combined sheet in the No. 97 Mazdaspeed/Tindol Motorsports MAZDA6. Herr's faster lap came in the morning session, a 2:28.183 (98.343 mph).

James Clay, of Blacksburg, Va., was third fastest of the day. Driving the No. 36 BimmerWorld BMW 325i, Clay entered a time of 2:28.308 (98.260 mph) in the morning session.

Following Cunningham on the combined practice times were teammates Pierre Kleinubing (Acura TSX), Dino Crescentini (Acura TSX), Kuno Wittmer (Acura TSX) and Curran.

Michael Galati (MAZDA6) was ninth on the combined practice sheets, just ahead of Daniels.

Qualifying for Round Eight of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship will take place at 11:45 a.m. (CDT), on Saturday, Aug. 9. The race is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. on Sunday. Live timing and notes are available at www.world-challenge.com.

-credit: scca pro racing

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Series PWC
Drivers Michael Galati , Eric Curran , James Clay , Kuno Wittmer , Chip Herr , Glenn Bocchino , Dino Crescentini , Jim Daniels , Jason Saini
Teams HART