Road Atlanta: Dayton and Field Saturday report

Dayton and Field's Lola Qualifies Third in LMP 675 Class and Seventh Overall For Tomorrow's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta BRASELTON, Ga., June 28 - The Intersport Racing Lola EX2257/AER MG ...

Dayton and Field's Lola Qualifies Third in LMP 675 Class and Seventh Overall For Tomorrow's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga., June 28 - The Intersport Racing Lola EX2257/AER MG #37 which Duncan Dayton and Jon Field will share in tomorrow's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta American Le Mans Series race at Road Atlanta Motorsport Park qualified third in the LMP 675 class and seventh overall Saturday based on times it ran in two afternoon practice sessions.

Its fastest lap was run at an average of 120.191 mph over the demanding 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course.

The traditional qualifying format was scrubbed due to rain. IMSA officials chose to determine the starting grid for tomorrow's race based on the best time each car ran anytime during Saturday afternoon's first practice session, which was punctuated by a heavy shower around 2:30 p.m., and the original time set aside for qualifications.

As it turned out, many of the teams were still working on their race set-ups during the laps that counted as their official qualifying time. The rain played havoc to everything, and in Dayton's case the result was he didn't get much track time Friday or Saturday.

"I got one timed lap in on Friday and I got three laps in today, and then it started to rain," said Dayton, of North Salem, N.Y. "The engine was running better today [Saturday] than it did yesterday. I was a little disappointed that we didn't have a true qualifying session today, because when I was out there I was just taking it easy and making sure the car was OK. We'll have to wait and see how things shake out tomorrow. It's racing, so anything can happen. Hopefully we'll be around at the end."

Dayton will share the driving duties with team owner Field, of Dublin, Ohio.

The car is sponsored by Banana Joe's, Highcroft Racing and Goodyear.

Tomorrow's two-hour-and-45-minute race will start at 3 p.m. Eastern time. CBS will begin its live coverage of the race at 4 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information, see www.americanlemans.com and www.imsaracing.net.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Jon Field