Road America: Series Friday test notes

DYSON BRINGING WINNING MOMENTUM TO ROAD AMERICA? Smith quickest in testing following Mid-Ohio overall victory Hot on the heels of the team's first overall victory this year in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, Dyson...

DYSON BRINGING WINNING MOMENTUM TO ROAD AMERICA?
Smith quickest in testing following Mid-Ohio overall victory

Hot on the heels of the team's first overall victory this year in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, Dyson Racing's Guy Smith set the fastest time in testing for Sunday's American Le Mans Series powered by eStar. The former Le Mans 24 Hours winner turned a lap of 1:53.090 (128.860 mph) on his final lap at Road America in the Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupe that he will share this weekend with Chris Dyson.

The pairing won the last Series race two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio with Dyson holding off Patron Highcroft Racing's Simon Pagenaud by a half-second. Friday, Timo Bernhard was the closest challenger in Muscle Milk Team CytoSport's Porsche RS Spyder. The Porsche factory driver and reigning Le Mans winner for Audi is filling in for injured team owner Greg Pickett (out after a vicious crash in testing at Mid-Ohio) and teaming with Klaus Graf.

Bernhard hadn't driven the Porsche prototype since 2008.

The Patron Highcroft HPD ARX-01c was third thanks to Pagenaud's lap of 1:54.557 (127.210 mph). PHR won overall last year at Road America and in LMP2 two years ago.

In LMP Challenge, Intersport Racing's Kyle Marcelli went quickest at 2:02.359 (119.099 mph). He will drive the team's ORECA FLM09 with Chapman Ducote, whose only previous Road America start came in 2008 with an Aston Martin DBR9.

Luis Diaz, last year's LMP2 co-winner with Adrian Fernandez for Acura, was second-quickest Friday in LMPC at 2:03.411 (118.083 mph). He is driving PR1/Mathaisen Motorsports' ORECA prototype with Ricardo Gonzalez. G-Oil's Green Earth Team Gunnar entry of Gunnar Jeannette and Elton Julian, the quicker of the pair, sat third at 2:03.659 (117.847 mph).

Oliver Gavin put Corvette Racing at the front of the GT field with a lap of 2:08.856 (113.094 mph). Gavin, driving the Corvette C6.R with Olivier Beretta, was 0.103 seconds better than Tommy Milner in the first of BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team's two BMW M3 GTs. Milner and teammate Bill Auberlen finished the session 0.425 seconds quicker than the second BMW of Joey Hand; he will drive with Dirk Mueller.

As has been commonplace all year, the class was incredibly tight with the top seven cars within 0.970 seconds.

Bryce Miller, a GT2 winner at Road America in 2008, was the quickest GT Challenge driver Friday in ORBIT/Paul Miller Racing's Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry at 2:15.374 (107.648 mph). The young American, driving with Luke Hines, was a healthy 0.694 seconds faster than Andy Lally in TRG's Porsche; Lally will drive with Duncan Ende.

Jeroen Bleekemolen was third quickest in class at 2:16.748 (106.567 mph) for Black Swan Racing. He and Tim Pappas lead the class championship with three wins on the season.

See how the championship chases play out this weekend in the American Le Mans Series powered by eStar, Round 7 of the American Le Mans Series powered by Tequila Patron. The race is set for 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 22 from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. SPEED will air the race live at 3 p.m. ET with live radio coverage available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche -- a production of Radio Show Limited -- as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Americanlemans.com will stream Saturday's qualifying session starting at 3:10 p.m. CT. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

-source: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers Dirk Müller , Klaus Graf , Adrian Fernandez , Joey Hand , Luis Diaz , Andy Lally , Oliver Gavin , Gunnar Jeannette , Timo Bernhard , Greg Pickett , Tim Pappas , Ricardo Gonzalez , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Tommy Milner , Paul Miller , Elton Julian , Simon Pagenaud , Duncan Ende , Chris Dyson , Kyle Marcelli , Bryce Miller
Teams Corvette Racing , Dyson Racing , Black Swan Racing , Paul Miller Racing