Portland: BAM! qualifying report

BAM! (British American Motorsport) will start third on the GT grid for the American Le Mans Series race at Portland International Raceway on Sunday. Lucas Luhr qualified the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in one minute 14.234 seconds on...

BAM! (British American Motorsport) will start third on the GT grid for the American Le Mans Series race at Portland International Raceway on Sunday. Lucas Luhr qualified the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in one minute 14.234 seconds on the 1.944-mile road course. His time was just six-tenths of a second behind the GT pole-sitter and two-tenths behind the second-place GT car, both run by 2003 ALMS GT champion Alex Job Racing.

"On the first lap, I didn't feel the grip on the right side of the car from the new tires, so I didn't really feel an advantage. Then the second lap, I felt the advantage but the left was gone already," Luhr said. "There was no way I could beat two of the Alex Job cars; I just said if we could sneak in between them, it would be nice. The GT class battle here is so close - five cars in one second - it is really competitive. It's going to be an exciting race."

Although this is his third race with the team, Lucas Luhr will drive his first race laps with BAM! on Sunday. Luhr will drive the first race stint, followed by Leo Hindery, Jr., reversing the driver order of the last two races. The team hopes the change will stop the bad fortune of the last two races, when the car went out of the race before Luhr drove.

"Lucas is going to start, which guarantees him at least one hot lap. Third in this group isn't a bad place to start tomorrow, and it will be fun to watch Lucas take it to the front," Hindery said. "It's fun to see Lucas do so well in qualifying, but that doesn't change the pledge of the team not to take a shower until we finish a race, so everybody in ALMS is rooting for the BAM! team to at least finish this week."

One of BAM!'s Porsche rivals, The Racers Group, presented a fan tech talk seminar about transmissions on Saturday. The team didn't have a complete transmission available, so they borrowed one from BAM!'s gearbox guru, Bob Skene, who always has a spare box ready for the YES Network Porsche.

"There's a cameraderie amongst the teams because we all need to survive and it helps if we all cooperate," Skene said. "Each team member works with the guys on the other teams. For instance, the data guys all cooperate and the gear-box guys all cooperate. So we're all really like one big team."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Lucas Luhr , Leo Hindery , Alex Job