The weather isn't the only thing that was hot today at Miller Motorsports Park, the LMP qualifying session for Sunday's Utah Grand Prix proved to be a heated battle for Muscle Milk Team CytoSport. After placing second in the final practice ...
The weather isn't the only thing that was hot today at Miller Motorsports Park, the LMP qualifying session for Sunday's Utah Grand Prix proved to be a heated battle for Muscle Milk Team CytoSport.
After placing second in the final practice session, hopes were high for the Muscle Milk squad entering qualifying.
Klaus Graf was behind the wheel of the #6 Porsche RS Spyder for the 20-minute session. He was third on his first fast lap and jumped up to first on his fourth lap around the 3.048-mile road course with a time of one minute 35.328 seconds.
However, his place on provisional pole was immediately taken over by the Drayson Racing car and then by the Dyson Racing Mazda, pushing the German to third.
While Graf went on to register what would be his fastest lap of the day with a time of one minute 34.948 seconds, he was unable to move up on the timesheet, sitting only 62 thousandths of a second from pole position at the time.
Greg at MMP With about a quarter of the session left to go, Graf fell to fourth when Simon Pagenaud of Highcroft Racing took over P1, but the Muscle Milk driver wasn't giving up on pole position just yet, knowing he had the speed to fight for the top spot.
However, Graf was held up on his final lap by a car that was not driving at speed on the racing line and although he was on pace to improve his place on the grid, the slower car ahead of him cost him, forcing him to settle with fourth place.
The Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix goes green at 2:35 p.m. MT on Sunday, July 11 and will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will also be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242.
What they had to say:
Klaus Headshot Klaus Graf, Qualifying Driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder "It was a really good effort for Muscle Milk Team CytoSport today. I was frustrated when I got out of the car because I was held up on my quickest lap by a car that was driving slow on the line and that cost us a lot. "But it's very, very close together. We made the right changes. I think we have a very good racecar for tomorrow. I was very pleased with the times that we did in practice as we were running consistent lap times in our Porsche RS Spyder and that actually is what is more important for the race tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it, it should be good fun."
Greg Headshot Greg Pickett, Owner / Driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder "(About racing at Miller Motorsports Park for the first time) For one, I think it is a beautiful motorsports facility. The vision that Mr. Miller had out here was just heroic. What he's left here for motorsports is just fantastic. That being said, this is a demanding track, it really does make you grit your teeth and hold on. You have to be very committed. There is a lot of sweeping high-speed corners. It's a fun track but very challenging. "(About qualifying) Everybody's bunched up in the same tenth from second to fourth and I'm very proud of our performance. Klaus got a little bit blocked on his last run or we might have been right there at the front. But I feel very good with our day. We know that the turbo cars here in the altitude were going to be tough, but we also know that we have a very good racecar in our Porsche RS Spyder and I can't say enough about the Michelin tires. I think this will be a very interesting race tomorrow."