Homestead, FLA (March 2, 2001) - The fifteen-minute qualifying session for SportsRacers and SportsRacers II was hot. Aside from the 85 plus degree heat and humidity, Didier Theys brought the ...
Homestead, FLA (March 2, 2001) - The fifteen-minute qualifying session for SportsRacers and SportsRacers II was hot. Aside from the 85 plus degree heat and humidity, Didier Theys brought the #27 Doran/Lista Judd Crawford to a new intensity level. Theys dropped the speed down to 1:12.655 to fourth position on the grid for Saturday's Nextel 250 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"We are getting faster, no doubt about it," said Theys. "Unfortunately for us that Dyson is running so fast and James [Weaver] is driving so well. With a little luck, we will continue to drop our times and Dyson won't. No matter how prepared you are before the race, sometimes it doesn't matter. We'll do well."
After successfully bringing the speed of the Judd Crawford toward the leaders' times Thursday, They's best practice time after a late Thursday evening setup revamping brought a 1:13.125, slightly higher than the 1:12.816 he pulled in yesterday. He and co-driver Mauro Baldi consistently averaged 1:13's Thursday. Today's time of 1:12.655 is the best time thus far indicating a daily pattern of increased speeds and elevated confidence levels.
Most of last season's major competitors are back at the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series so this race promises to be a spirited one. Defending Champions Theys and Baldi are looking to beat fastest times and Pole winner, James Weaver and his partner Butch Leitzinger driving a Ford Riley & Scott. The two-time winning duo Robinson Racing's Jack Baldwin and George Robinson are sitting in second position in their Judd Riley and Scott. Intersport's Jon Field and Oliver Gavin are third on the grid in a Judd Lola and the #27 is positioned in fourth is ready to fight for the win. TRV Motorsports Jeret Schroeder and Tom Volk round out the top five in a Chevy Riley & Scott.
The race is televised live starting Saturday at 2 p.m. EST. on the Speedvision network. Real-time timing and scoring is offered on the Rolex Series' website (www.grand-am.com).