rookie pole Rookie team TRG East and driver Bryan Sellers grabbed the GT pole position for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race is the second for the new Florida team (after scoring a class podium...
Rookie team TRG East and driver Bryan Sellers grabbed the GT pole position for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race is the second for the new Florida team (after scoring a class podium finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona) and the first sports-car race for Sellers, who lapped the 2.3-mile infield road course in one minute 21.283 seconds in the No. 61 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car he shares with Ryan Dalziel.
Sellers, who excelled in Toyota Atlantic racing in 2003 and 2004, said passing in sports-car racing is quite different from open-wheel passing. "It's definitely a fine art. There are some laps where I get passed by a Daytona Prototype car and lose three seconds, and at the very same spot the next lap, I get passed by a DP car and only lose a second. It's just purely by how early the car gets by and how I deal with it," he said. "There's definitely a technique to traffic -- what that is, I'm not yet 100 per cent sure, but I' ve got a whole race to figure it out."
Andy Lally, who drives the No. 65 Auto Gallery/TRG Porsche with Marc Bunting, matches his training regime to endurance racing. His focus is on cardiovascular workouts that keep his heart rate elevated.
"I do a ton of cardio -- mountain biking, jogging, 10K runs, kayaking -- to keep my heart rate up. Then when I''m in the car, my heart rate's lower, my body's used to it, it's not a shock," he said. "I'm physically active enough that I don't have to have a huge gym routine. I think that focusing on being able to think straight in high heat and high heart rate is most important. I haven't experienced muscle fatigue in these cars."
Team16 in New York
Fresh off their Top 10 finish (7th) in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Team16 drivers Brad Coleman and Colin Braun were invited on a media tour in New York City. In addition to live appearances on ESPN's Cold Pizza and Fox & Friends, the boys were interviewed by MTV executives, shot videos at many of The Big Apple's famous sites, and encountered a bus load of screaming British teenage girls. "Spending three days in New York City was awesome," Brad Coleman said. "I had a great time and the atmosphere in the city is unlike any other place I have ever been. I hope we get to come back soon." In addition to touring the city, Brad and Colin got a first hand view of what it takes to put on a live television show. "I was surprised at how large the Cold Pizza set was and how many cameras, lights, and people were on the set," said Colin Braun. "It is definitely larger than it looks on television. Brad and I had a great time on both shows and hopefully they won't be our last!"