Road Atlanta testing report 2003-05-28

Weaver breaks Road Atlanta track record in open testing for Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta. BRASELTON, Ga. (May 28, 2003) -- Veteran sports car racer James Weaver of England unofficially broke his own Road Atlanta track record Wednesday in the...

Weaver breaks Road Atlanta track record in open testing for Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta.

BRASELTON, Ga. (May 28, 2003) -- Veteran sports car racer James Weaver of England unofficially broke his own Road Atlanta track record Wednesday in the second and final day of American Le Mans Series open testing for the June 27-29 Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta.

Weaver, driving the Dyson Racing Lola EX257-MG, turned a lap of 1:11.711 in the morning testing session Wednesday, bettering his LMP 675 track qualifying record of 1:11.883 that was set last October. However, because the time was not recorded in an official qualifying session, it does not count as an official track record.

"We keep working with these cars and they are getting better and better," said Weaver, who will co-drive in the Road Atlanta event with Butch Leitzinger of State College, Pa. "It's a fabulous little car."

The second Dyson entry, which had turned the fastest lap of the day on Tuesday with Chris Dyson at the wheel, was clocked at 1:12.252 on Wednesday. Dyson, from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will co-drive with Andy Wallace of England in next month's race.

"We've got one or two problems with reliability, but I think once we've solved those problems we're going to be right up there (racing for the win)," said Wallace. "We've been working really hard since Sebring because obviously that was a big disappointment. We really do need to get some results and I really think we're getting somewhere."

Nine cars participated in the testing session, including the Team Olive Garden Ferrari 550 Maranello driven by Italians Mimmo Schiattarella and Emanuele Naspetti. The bright green Ferrari turned a fast lap of 1:19.988, less than a second off of the pole speed in the GTS class in last year's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

"Unfortunately, the last two years, we have not had a competitive car," said Schiattarella, who scored the overall win in an American Le Mans Series race at Road Atlanta in 1999 while driving a Prototype. "We have tested here for three days and we have improved the car and I hope in the next race here at Road Atlanta we will be much more competitive."

The 2.54-mile Road Atlanta, located in Braselton, Ga., will also host Petit Le Mans on October 15-18, making it the only facility to hold two American Le Mans Series races in 2003. Petit Le Mans, a 1,000-mile endurance race, will be the season finale.

The track is currently offering a special, discounted "Two Event Ticket," as well as separate tickets to both events. Information is available online at www.roadatlanta.com or by calling 1-800-849-RACE (7223).

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Series ALMS
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Emanuele Naspetti , Chris Dyson
Teams Dyson Racing