The American City Racing League East competitors were first on the track this morning for their 30 minute practice session. Craig Chima took fast time with Team Columbus teammate John Fergus second quick. Chima's quick time of 1:27.820 topped ...
The American City Racing League East competitors were first on the track this morning for their 30 minute practice session. Craig Chima took fast time with Team Columbus teammate John Fergus second quick. Chima's quick time of 1:27.820 topped Fergus's 1:28.073, but it was 2.4 seconds adrift of the record qualifying time of 1:25.449 set by Andy Lally in June. Road America winner A.J. Smith of Team Philadelphia was third fastest at 1:28.914. Team New York drivers Dan Dubrovich and John Burke were fourth and fifth respectively, with Dubrovich at 1:29.386 and Burke at 1:29.684.
Team Columbus driver Bob Liebert, coming off a fifth-place finish at Road America, was very racy in sixth, followed by Jeff Clinton (St. Louis), David Chesrown Jr. (Chicago), Mike Borkowski (St. Louis) and defending S2000 Driver Champion Martin Ryba (Chicago) rounding out the top ten. Borkowski, sitting in for Duke Johnson in the same car that Lally set the qualifying record with, will qualify with a fresh engine later today. "This is the same engine Andy used here, and it was pretty tired then," said crew chief Doug Hill.
Gari Chaffin (Chicago) set fast practice time in the Classic Sports 2000 class before breaking a heim joint in the right rear suspension, which gave the car some interesting handling characteristics. Five CS2 entries comprise the largest field for the class so far this season. Glenn Jividen Jr. (Columbus) rejoins the series in his first 2001 race, Brad Lehmann (New York) and Dave Ogden (St. Louis) make their debut ACRL appearances, and June Mid-Ohio double winner Jack Banha (Philadelphia) is back to defend his record.
Adam Burrows (Boston) was quickest of the Sports 1600 runners, coming into this race with a perfect record (4 poles, 4 wins in 4 races). Boston teammates Bill Haney and John Faulkner were second and third quickest in the class.
The ACRL field consists of three classes, Sports 2000, Classic Sports 2000, and Sports 1600, all of which run for class points as well as aggregate team points. The former two classes are powered by two-liter, single overhead cam Ford engines, while the Sports 1600s utilize a twincam Toyota 1600 powerplant. Seven chassis manufacturers are represented in this weekend's field: six Lolas, five Swifts, four Carbirs, three Pratt-Millers, three SVCs (S16 only), and one each Doran and Tiga.
This is the fifth race in the ACRL 2001 six-race series. Current point leaders are: John Fergus, S2; Jack Banha, CS2; Adam Burrows, S16; and Team Philadelphia, team points (by two points over Team Boston).