Sears Point: BAM! Saturday report

work ahead ... BAM! (British American Motorsport) took sixth place on the GT starting grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway, in the series' first attempt at single-car qualifying. Lucas Luhr lapped the...

work ahead ...

BAM! (British American Motorsport) took sixth place on the GT starting grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway, in the series' first attempt at single-car qualifying. Lucas Luhr lapped the 2.53-mile road course in one minute 35.107 seconds in the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

"The car felt okay but it's slow; the gap is too big," he said. "I don't know what the problem is. We have to work hard to get the car right for tomorrow for the race."

new format

Leo Hindery, Jr., who shares the YES Network Porsche with Lucas Luhr, was cautious about embracing the new single-car qualifying format, similar to that used in Formula One and NASCAR racing.

"I think the format is pretty much true to form," he noted. "I actually kinda like it because it does let you focus on a single car at a time. I worry about what happens when somebody wrecks up early. We saw Tracy Krohn get out of kilter on his out-laps and I don't know what would have happened if he had hit a wall or caused a problem for the guys following him. They have to figure that part out because it's clear these tires are good for only one hot lap."

tire talk

Michelin continually develops its tires for race and street cars. This week, BAM! and other Michelin GT teams are using a bigger rear tire for the first time in North-American racing, after a successful debut at the 24 Heures du Mans in June. Michelin ALMS operations manager Jerry Rinaldo noted the tires were designed to help maximize performance of the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR:

"When they tested the new tires on Porsches in Europe, everything was designed for better wear, better handling and better grip. Porsches crank more camber into the rear tires for better cornering, but that can destroy the shoulders of the tires and the wear goes away. So the larger tire helps. Everything is different here. The front tire needs to complement the rear tire, and the rear tire being larger, we can go softer on compound. [It provides] better grip, especially at this track. There are no really straight lines, so you're always working the steering wheel here."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Lucas Luhr , Leo Hindery