Pruett up to speed in second round at Denver
DENVER -- MotoRock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup points leader Scott Pruett got up to speed quickly during second round practice Friday for Sunday's MotoRock Mile High 100 at the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. Pruett, driving the No. 7 Jaguar XKR, who timed sixth in first-round practice earlier today, turned in a 1:12.401-minute lap around the 1.647-mile temporary street course.
Pruett, who was just a tick off the fastest race lap record of 1:12.261 set by Stu Hayner last year, led Boris Said, who was just shy of Pruett's time, setting a 1:12.570-minute lap in the No. 33 ACS/GE No. 33 ACS/GE Access/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang. Rookie Jorge Diaz (No. 8 Don Q Rum Jaguar XKR) set the third quickest lap of 1:13.000 before a late spin into the tire wall, which ended the session early. Johnny Miller (No. 64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR) and Tomy Drissi (No. 5 Stuck on You the Movie Jaguar XKR) completed the top five.
"Scott's going to be tough," said Said. "It's hard when you haven't been in one of these cars for a long time. I'm just a little rusty. We need to get another couple of tenths better." "We had new brake pads, and I didn't get the temperatures up on the rears," said Diaz of his late-session incident. "When I came down into the braking zone, I locked up the front brakes. I got a little bit loose and it was in a tight corner. The damage looks big, but there is not significant damage. In about two hours, we'll be back up and going."
Qualifying for Sunday's MotoRock Mile High 100 is scheduled from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. The MotoRock Mile High 100, Round 9 of the 2003 MotoRock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, will take the green flag at approximately 4 p.m., following the Champ Car World Series race.