Road America: Audi qualifying report

Werner sets the fastest time during qualifying at Road America. ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 23, 2003) -- The Audi R8 of Infineon Team Joest and driver Marco Werner continued its recent roll of success in the American Le Mans Series by setting...

Werner sets the fastest time during qualifying at Road America.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 23, 2003) -- The Audi R8 of Infineon Team Joest and driver Marco Werner continued its recent roll of success in the American Le Mans Series by setting the fastest time of the day in today's qualifying session for Sunday's Road America 500. Marco Werner, making his first appearance at the four-mile circuit, turned a lap of 1:52.265 in the Audi R8 he will share with fellow German driver Frank Biela. The two drivers have taken the overall win in the past two ALMS races and took the LMP 900 class win in the third most recent event.

"It's a great track with some very interesting and fast corners," said Werner. "I like these kind of road courses. I never drove at Road America before, but I never have problems learning a new track. It usually takes me four or five laps, then I'm there. Every lap I found something where I could improve and I did it the next lap. It was nice to be faster every lap, setting the fastest lap in my last timed lap."

Team ADT Champion driver Johnny Herbert qualified the #38 Audi R8 in third position, just a fraction behind the LMP675 car of James Weaver. In fact the first three cars on the grid all qualified within less than one second of each other.

The American Le Mans Series will return to the SPEED Channel for live coverage of the Road America 500 presented by The Chicago Tribune on Sunday, August 24, at 1:00 pm (CDT) from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The three hour telecast will include live coverage of the entire two-hour, 45-minute timed race, as well as pre-race and post-race coverage. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com.

Driver quotes:

Infineon Team Joest

Marco Werner: "This has been a perfect qualifying session, the car was very good. I did not make a single mistake. This was important as the times are so close. I suppose it was decisive I drove the 'Kink' following the 'Carousel' flat out for the first time in qualifying. I simply like fast race tracks. In Europe there are too many slow corners. It's not good that all the tracks there are just designed for Formula One. In the USA and Canada I see many wonderful tracks with fast corners. That's like it should be anywhere."

Frank Biela: "This has been an interesting qualifying and again a strong performance from Marco. It's very tight at the front of the grid, the race will be very exciting. I hope that we will be able to stay in front, but it will be definitely hard work. Basically, we should be in a good shape for the race as we are never using a special qualifying set-up. That's why our car should be very good also in the race. Traffic will be again decisive. We know that our competitors take many risks in traffic. We'll see how things go tomorrow."

Team ADT Champion Racing

Johnny Herbert: "I locked-up the front left tire on my first flying lap - the tire pressure was not up to temperature - and then had to abort my last quick lap when I hit traffic. It's disappointing to get bumped off the front row right at the end of the session - especially by just three-hundredths of a second - but we've got ourselves a well-balanced car that can be driven aggressively and which should be mighty strong for the race."

JJ Lehto: "The late race collision at Mosport a week ago really hurt our championship hopes. Instead of collecting 20-points or 16-pts for first or second place, we came away with 10 while our main championship rivals, the Joest Audi team, ultimately took another maximum score. We must score very well today to make up ground. Since Friday the car has been really good and I believe we have an excellent race set-up."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Frank Biela , James Weaver , Marco Werner , JJ Lehto
Teams HART