Houston: B-K Motorsports qualifying report

Bach puts B-K, Mazda and KUMHO fourth on grid in LMP2 HOUSTON, TX, May 11, 2006, 7:30 p.m....B-K Motorsports driver Jamie Bach qualified the team's Mazda-powered LMP2 Courage 4th in class and 15th overall for Friday night's running of the...

Bach puts B-K, Mazda and KUMHO fourth on grid in LMP2

HOUSTON, TX, May 11, 2006, 7:30 p.m....B-K Motorsports driver Jamie Bach qualified the team's Mazda-powered LMP2 Courage 4th in class and 15th overall for Friday night's running of the Lone Star Grand Prix. Bach's time of 1:11.866 was nearly two seconds faster than he'd gone in practice.

The B-K crew made a few changes to the car to soften it up for the bumpy, Reliant Park track. The team also changed to a softer KUMHO tire to help the car deal with the bumps.

"We made a few mechanical changes to the car and we just kind of learned the track a little bit more," said Bach. "We adapted to the new tires, and I think with a few more sessions we could have picked up some more time. These tires seemed to grip on this surface a little better. There's not a lot of rubber out there because race cars don't run on this track on a regular basis."

Rudy Consolacion, motorsports manager for KUMHO, echoed Bach's opinion of the track. "The bumps and the surface of the track make it challenging to find the setup that provides the best grip," he said. "We changed to a softer compound so we could get more heat in the front tires and also changed the front camber so we could even out the temperatures across the tread. The changes seemed to help, and Jamie did a great job out there to shave nearly two seconds off his best lap time."

NOTES: B-K Motorsports driver Jamie Bach is in his fourth year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he's studying mechanical engineering. He's currently taking five classes and has finals next week. "I have five finals that I have to complete next week before we go to Mid- Ohio. I missed my review day for four out of the five classes today, unfortunately, but I'll make them up on Monday."

Bach's co-driver, Guy Cosmo, will fly into Houston Friday morning from Phoenix, where he's driving a Daytona prototype in the Grand Am GAINSCO Grand Prix. After competing in the ALMS Lone Star Grand Prix tomorrow night, he'll fly back to Phoenix Saturday morning for the Grand Am race.

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