Mid-Ohio: Friday practice summary

Kristensen leads ALMS opening practice at Mid-Ohio. LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 28, 2002) ^Ö Picking up where he left off two weeks ago at Le Mans, Tom Kristensen set the fastest lap of the day Friday as American Le Mans Series teams practiced for ...

Kristensen leads ALMS opening practice at Mid-Ohio.

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 28, 2002) ^Ö Picking up where he left off two weeks ago at Le Mans, Tom Kristensen set the fastest lap of the day Friday as American Le Mans Series teams practiced for Sunday^Òs event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Kristensen, who was part of the winning team for the third straight year in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, turned the 2.258-mile circuit in 1:15.410 (107.795 mph), fastest of the 30 cars that practiced Friday. The Dane piloted an Audi R8 Prototype that he will co-drive in the race with Rinaldo Capello of Italy.

Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela, who co-drove with Kristensen at Le Mans, were second-fastest in Friday^Òs practice with a lap of 1:15.656 in the same Audi that won Le Mans. Last year^Òs Mid-Ohio race winners, David Brabham and Jan Magnussen, were third at 1:16.096 in a Paonoz LMP-1.

Kristensen was the pole winner for last year^Òs inaugural ALMS event at Mid-Ohio. Qualifying will be held Saturday for Sunday^Òs two-hour, 45-minute race.

^ÓI raced here last year for the first time and really like this circuit,^Ô said Kristensen. ^ÓIt^Òs one of my three favorites in America. It has a lot of challenging areas and elevation changes that make it fun to drive. You are very busy in the car here.^Ô

Jon Field, who lives in nearby Dublin, Ohio, set the fast time in the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes with a lap of 1:18.040. He will co-drive with his 19-year-old son Clint in a Lola EX257-AER MG. Jon Field and two other drivers won the LMP 675 class with the car in the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring in March.

The GTS class was led by the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R of Ron Fellows and Johnny O^ÒConnell with a lap of 1:22.809. Fellows and O^ÒConnell have won the GTS class in both ALMS races held this season and were also the class winners at Le Mans.

In a big surprise, the GT class was led by the driving team of David Murry and Larry Schumacher in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Schumacher, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, considers Mid-Ohio his home track. The car turned a lap of 1:27.955.

In the only incident of the two-hour test session, driver Shane Lewis escaped injury when his Dodge Viper GTS-R crashed into the tire barrier in turn 10 due to a stuck throttle. The car suffered heavy front-end damage.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Shane Lewis , David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Jan Magnussen , Frank Biela , Ron Fellows , David Murry , Jon Field , Emanuele Pirro