DUMAS CAPTURES OVERALL LIME ROCK POLE WITH FAST PRACTICE TIME AS RAIN WASHES OUT QUALIFYING; FIRST SIX CARS FOR SATURDAY'S ALMS GRID ARE LMP2 CLASS RACERS LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- July 6, 2007 -- Romain Dumas (France) broke last year's qualifying ...
DUMAS CAPTURES OVERALL LIME ROCK POLE WITH FAST PRACTICE TIME AS RAIN WASHES OUT QUALIFYING; FIRST SIX CARS FOR SATURDAY'S ALMS GRID ARE LMP2 CLASS RACERS
LAKEVILLE, Conn. -- July 6, 2007 -- Romain Dumas (France) broke last year's qualifying record during morning practice in his #7 Penske Porsche RS Spyder, and, because the afternoon qualifying session was cancelled due to rain, he found himself on the pole for Saturday's Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
Dumas, who will share the driving chores with Timo Bernhard (Germany), said the team considered the oncoming racing when they decided to push for a good time in the morning practice.
"This happened at Mosport last year, and our fast time in practice was used for the pole. I didn't run with fresh tires this morning, but we pushed for a good time and it paid off." said Dumas, who has won two races overall with Bernhard -- the pair leads the ALMS LMP2 class points.
"Another reason we were well prepared for the morning practice was out test session here on Tuesday, when we set up the ca for the race. With the rain this afternoon, however, the track will change and w will have to measure those changes in tomorrow's warm-up," Dumas said.
Sharing the front row, and second on the grid, is the Chris Dyson/Guy Smith Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder, with Smith turning the fastest time during the one-hour session. Two Acura LMP2 cars have taken the third and fourth spots, while the Sascha Maassen/Ryan Briscoe Penske Porsche RS Spyder stands fifth, followed by the third Acura. In all, six LMP2 cars popular the first three rows, while the Audi R-10 diesel was the fastest LMP1 prototype, securing the seventh position.
In GT2, the first Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was the Rahal/Letterman Racing Porsche, qualifying fourth behind two Ferraris and a Panoz.
The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix will start Saturday, July 7, at 3:00 PM EDT, and run for two hours and 45 minutes. The race will be telecast on tape-delay on Sunday, July 8, at 1:00 PM EDT on CBS-TV. Live radio broadcast, as well as live timing and scoring, can be found on the American Le Mans Series web site at www.americanlemans.com. Stories and photos of the Porsche entries can be found on www.porschemotorsport.com, with updates posted all weekend.
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