Muscle Milk Team CytoSport grabs front-row start at Lime Rock Park Klaus in the rain at Lime Rock Lakeville, CT (July 23, 2010) - After pacing both practice sessions, in the rain, earlier in the day by the finest of margins, Klaus Graf and...
Muscle Milk Team CytoSport grabs front-row start at Lime Rock Park
Klaus in the rain at Lime Rock Lakeville, CT (July 23, 2010) - After pacing both practice sessions, in the rain, earlier in the day by the finest of margins, Klaus Graf and Muscle Milk Team CytoSport claimed its first 2010 front-row start at Lime Rock Park today.
Despite their practice speed, the Benicia, CA-based team knew that it wouldn't be an easy task in qualifying against the hometown team of Highcroft Racing and the Mazda powered Dyson Racing Lola.
Right at the start of the 20-minute qualifying session, Graf moved into second place on his first lap around the 1.51-mile track, but to move any higher, he had his work cut out for him.
On his fourth lap out, things were looking up for the Muscle Milk squad as Graf moved to within three thousandths of a second of pole position.
Greg in the rain at Lime Rock The speedy German kept pushing as hard as he could but 10 laps later his Porsche RS Spyder had fallen to nearly two seconds behind when the Highcroft car of David Brabham was the first to register a lap time below 59 seconds.
Graf wasn't giving up without a fight though. With less than a minute to go, he also turned a lap below 59 seconds with a time of 58.746.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough and the team had to settle for second-place on the grid of tomorrow's American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron race.
The Northeast Grand Prix goes green Saturday, July 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Live radio coverage will also be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242.
What they had to say:
Greg Headshot Greg Pickett, Owner / Driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder
"(About driving at Lime Rock, again, in the rain no less) I had never been in the prototype car in the wet and I hadn't been back here in a long time so it was very challenging, honestly, the visibility was very poor, so you're just guessing. But the more laps I put in, the more comfortable I was.
"How about Klaus! I am very, very proud of him. Look at how close we got to one of the real supreme sports car teams in the world and their record here is unbelievable. So for us to get that close to a guy like David and the Highcroft team, on a day like this, I think our team did a fabulous job. And Klaus, if he isn't earning the respect of everyone in the paddock, I don't know what it is going to take. It's a pleasure to have him as a dear friend of mine. He's not only a great employee but a really, really fast racecar driver!"
Klaus Graf Headshot Klaus Graf, Qualifying Driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder
"That was a very exciting qualifying session. Not only for myself but I think also for everybody on the team, in the paddock and all the fans. I think we put on a really good show even if the conditions probably helped a little bit to make it that exciting.
"I tried very, very hard and I'm very proud for Muscle Milk Team CytoSport to be on the front row for tomorrow's race, next to the Highcroft car, that's quite an achievement for us.
"Thanks to the Michelin tires, as always Donnie our tire engineer gave us the right advice, gave us the right tire and they performed extremely well once again.
"I could be a little happier if I had the pole but David really nailed one down, it's their home race and I'm sure he tried as hard as he could and so did I!"
-source: team cytosport