Estoril: Team USA Firday report

A1 Team USA Posts 5th Fastest Time at First Day of Practice Session in Portugal Speed finishes 5th in second practice session with 1.54.31 following opening practice session finish of 17th CIRCUITO ESTORIL, Portugal -- A1 Team USA owner...

A1 Team USA Posts 5th Fastest Time at First Day of Practice Session in Portugal

Speed finishes 5th in second practice session with 1.54.31 following opening practice session finish of 17th

CIRCUITO ESTORIL, Portugal -- A1 Team USA owner Rick Weidinger knew that his team needed to make improvements over their showing in Germany earlier this month. By finishing the first day of practice at the Circuito Estoril in 5th place in second practice session moving up from 17th, A1 Team USA proved to Weidinger that they are heading in the right direction.

During a rain plagued session, the team was bolstered by consistent driving from Scott Speed, as well as the continued presence of Indy Racing League driver, Scott Sharp. Speed was pleased with both the track and the team's performance given the weather conditions.

"I am really pleased with the way we kept improving throughout the day," said Speed. "It's a tough track to get used to but it was fantastic to drive it. We kept getting better and better as the day went on and I am looking forward to qualifying tomorrow."

Team owner Rick Weidinger was pleased with his team's performance today and is pleased with how all the parts of the team are coming together at the right time.

"I am excited about how we are growing as a team," said Weidinger. "Scott really showed today how quickly he can adjust as a driver, Scott Sharp continues to bring that unique drivers' insight that helps us focus as a team and we got another outstanding performance from David Price's racing team. I am looking forward to a great day of qualifying. This all begins with one timed lap in each qualifying segment tomorrow."

France led the way in the first day of practice having the top time in the second session as well as the best time in the first. Rounding out the top five were Brazil, Portugal and Switzerland.

A1 Grand Prix provides national teams and their drivers the opportunity to compete globally on a level playing field with open wheeled race cars that have identical specifications and engines. For the first time in racing history, A1 Grand Prix puts driver against driver and nation against nation. A1 Grand Prix will bring together up to 25 nations representing 80 per cent of the world's population. It is the skill of the drivers and their crews that will determine who wins the race.

The global series will take place across six continents--North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia--and will be televised around the world so fans in both established and emerging markets can experience the thrill of this historic international race series.

The next race on schedule for A1 Team USA is at Circuito Estoril in Estoril, Portugal.

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Series A1GP
Drivers Scott Sharp , Scott Speed , David Price , Rick Weidinger