PENSKE PORSCHE RS SPYDERS SECOND, THIRD ON LMP2 GRID FOR HOUSTON; FLYING LIZARD PORSCHE GT3 RSR TOP QUALIFYING PORSCHE IN GT2 CLASS HOUSTON, Texas - April 20, 2007 - The Porsche - Acura qualifying battle, which ended in a last-lap position...
PENSKE PORSCHE RS SPYDERS SECOND, THIRD ON LMP2 GRID FOR HOUSTON; FLYING LIZARD PORSCHE GT3 RSR TOP QUALIFYING PORSCHE IN GT2 CLASS
HOUSTON, Texas - April 20, 2007 - The Porsche - Acura qualifying battle, which ended in a last-lap position change last week in Long Beach, did not disappoint the crowd at the Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston today as the two automakers again took qualifying down to the last lap for tomorrow's American Le Mans Series event.
The Romain Dumas/Timo Bernhard Penske Porsche RS Spyder, with Dumas handling the qualifying chores, held the LMP2 class pole for most of the session before the Brabham/Johansson Acura squeezed out the fastest time. Dumas/Bernhard will start second, with the Penske team RS Spyder of Sascha Maassen and Ryan Briscoe third, just ahead of the second Acura. Bernhard, who co-drove with Dumas to both the LMP2 class win and the overall victory last week at Long Beach, praised his teammate's qualifying efforts and described the unique Houston street course.
"Romain did a great job qualifying the car, especially since we missed the last half of the previous practice session with some shifting problems," said Bernhard, who won the ALMS GT2 drivers championship in 2004 in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
"This track feels as bumpy as Sebring, but the corners are much slower, making it harder to pass," he said.
The Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyders qualified sixth and seventh respectively in LMP2, with the Chris Dyson/Guy Smith entry sixth and the Butch Leitzinger/Andy Wallace car seventh after Leitzinger had a flat tire half-way through the session.
In the GT2 class, the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Johannes van Overbeek/Jorg Bergmeister, with van Overbeek driving the qualifying session, was third in class behind two of the Ferraris, with the team Porsche of Darren Law/Seth Neiman fourth.
The Tafel Racing Porsche of Dominik Farnbacher/Jim Tafel did not make the qualifying session as the team is changing a transmission overnight, and the Team Trans Sport Racing Porsche of Tim Pappas/Terry Borcheller broke an axle in practice, and did not make the qualifying session.
The Lone Star Grand Prix at Houston's JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park is set for 6:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 21, and will run for two hours, 45-minutes. The race will be broadcast on CBS Sports on a tape-delayed basis at 1 p.m. EDT on the next Sunday, April 29. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing and Scoring will be available at www.americanlemans.com during the race, while Porsche driver and team information is available on www.porschemotorsport.com.