Panoz lock down second row for Road America 500. Panoz Motor Sports will lead the chase of the dominant Audis in tomorrow's Road America 500 after qualifying third and fourth today - locking out the second row of the grid. Jan Magnussen...
Panoz lock down second row for Road America 500.
Panoz Motor Sports will lead the chase of the dominant Audis in tomorrow's Road America 500 after qualifying third and fourth today - locking out the second row of the grid.
Jan Magnussen stopped the clocks at 1 minute, 54.486 seconds for the 4 mile Road America circuit, slightly faster than Bryan Herta who recorded a time of 1:54.866 in the second of the "Spirit of America" machines.
Magnussen was fastest early in the session which was stopped with eight minutes remaining after a car became stuck in the gravel trap. At that stage both Audis had not recorded a representative time. The Dane improved in his final two flying laps, but could not break into the front row.
"I pushed the car around as fast as I could go, but we didn't have the pace to match the Audis," Magnussen said.
"Tom's (Kristensen) time was pretty impressive. I am never happy unless we are the top of the timesheet so we will have to work hard overnight to try and improve the car.
"I think we have a reasonable race package for tomorrow and anything could happen over 500 miles.
"The ALMS hasn't raced here before so nobody has any data to go by for race conditions so that could be quite interesting."
Magnussen will share the driving duties with long-time partner David Brabham tomorrow while Herta will team up with Bill Auberlen.
Herta was another driver to improve his position in the final eight minute dash of qualifying.
"The longer we ran on the Michelin tires, the better they seemed to perform. That is a really good sign for tomorrow," Herta said.
"It was good to be close to Jan, but obviously I would have preferred to be even faster.
"The warmer temperatures seem to help our tire performance so we are certainly hoping tomorrow will be even hotter. Racing over 500 miles will be a long day, but we are fired up to give it our best shot."