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Road Atlanta: Touring Car Wednesday practice notes

Marks Sets Pace In SPEED Touring Car Practice At Road Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 22, 2004) -- Justin Marks, of San Francisco, Calif., was fastest following both practice sessions Wednesday at Road Atlanta in preparation for Friday's Round...

Marks Sets Pace In SPEED Touring Car Practice At Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 22, 2004) -- Justin Marks, of San Francisco, Calif., was fastest following both practice sessions Wednesday at Road Atlanta in preparation for Friday's Round Nine race, as part of the Chevy Presents Petit Le Mans Weekend. Pierre Kleinubing, of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Sweden's Nic Jonsson completed the top three.

Despite experiencing some brake problems in Tuesday's test session, Marks turned his fast lap of 1:35.234 (96.016 mph) early on in the morning session. Driving the No. 2 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i, Marks' lap was more than two seconds faster than the existing qualifying lap record of 1:37.499 (93.785 mph) set by Kleinubing in 2003.

"I am really impressed with the team," Marks said, commenting on his teams' preparation of the car. "We've been struggling with some brake problems since we got here. Yesterday I had a brake failure going into turn one, spun and backed into the wall. We took it to a shop down the street. They worked on it all night and got the back-end fixed. We went out [this morning] and we were first in practice. It just goes to show what this Turner Motorsport team is made of. I am confident for a front row start and it's about time to get a BMW back into victory lane."

Three-time series Champion Kleinubing turned the second fastest lap of the day with a 1:35.360 (95.889 mph) in his No. 42 A-SPEC/RealTime Racing Acura TSX. Kleinubing is the defending race winner from a year ago.

Driving the No. 27 Lectric Air/Tecmark Corporation BMW 325 Ci, Jonsson recorded the third fastest lap with a 1:35.737 (95.511 mph), also set in the morning session.

Bob Stretch, of Dallas, and Dino Crescentini, of Malibu, Calif., were fourth and fifth quickest, respectively.

SPEED Touring Car qualifying is set for 1:20 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Sept. 23. The SPEED Touring Car Round Nine race will make its standing start at 11:10 a.m. (EDT) Friday, Sept. 24. Friday's race will air at 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Sunday Sept. 26.

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-scca pro racing-

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