Mid-Ohio: Heritage Motorsports test day notes

Lexington, KY - Thursday 26 June 2003 PRACTICE: Dave Machavern and Tommy Riggins practiced hot laps in a special session this afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course under warmish but pleasant conditions. Machavern was satisfied with the times...

Lexington, KY - Thursday 26 June 2003

PRACTICE: Dave Machavern and Tommy Riggins practiced hot laps in a special session this afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course under warmish but pleasant conditions. Machavern was satisfied with the times recorded from the two drivers. The team arrived early this week, bringing the transporter straight from their win at Watkins Glen in the finger-lakes region of New York state. Today was the third day of mechanical activity for the crew, but the first on-track day of the week for the drivers. There will be one more practice session this afternoon.

There are a total of 24 entries for Saturday's race, 5 of them GTS cars. A serious challenge to Heritage Motorsport's authority in this series may come from an interloper entry, the no.29 GTS Mustang with drivers including Eric Curran (Chicopee, MA), and Stu Hayner (Yorba Linda, CA), both talented at turning a wheel. The no. 31 Mosler is back, so a great GTS battle may be in the offing.

POINTS BATTLE: The battle goes both ways in GTS, with the drivers' points stacking up as:
190 - Barbosa (Mosler no. 31 GTS) = in the drivers' points lead
182 - Machavern (Mustang no. 48 GTS) = second place drivers' points
182 - Riggins (Mustang no. 48 GTS) = second place drivers' points

Whereas the GTS Team Owners' Points Battle falling heavily to Machavern of team Heritage Motorsports with:
182 - Dave Machavern - Heritage Motorsports no. 48 Mustang
82 - ICY/SL Motorsports no. 06 (not present this weekend)
81 - ChevyLeavy Racing no. 18 Camaro

It remains possible for the Heritage Motorsports Mustang to move into the first place position in drivers' points by approximately 8:45PM this Saturday.

DAYTONA PROTOTYPE TEST: Dave Machavern and Tommy Riggins tested the Multimatic Daytona Prototype, the (new-this-year) present and future of Grand American Road Racing. The test occurred at Mosport Raceway in Canada and was very favorable in the reports from both drivers. Machavern reported that the most outstanding feature of the DP was braking. In a word, he was surprised. But, it shouldn't be a mystery, as the brakes are larger and the cars lighter than in the GTS category. But, the stopping difference is BIG, giving the DP's a distinct advantage going into most any corner.

Another difference is the sequential gear-box, compared to the H-pattern box in the Machavern-owned Mustang. Dave reported that he had to shove the shift lever forward really hard for down-shifts. All-in-all, the DP handled better, was about the same in acceleration as the Mustang, but with phenomenal braking. Tommy Riggins took his turn as well, finding the overall performance above that of the old GTP-Lights class of sports cars.

The team is considering a move in 2004 to the Daytona Prototype category, but deliberations will not cease until other manufacturers' prototype cars have been carefully considered. This seems to be a logical move for the team. While the team will not say whether a final decision has been made, motorsports industry insiders at SPEED Channel and within the sanctioning body have expressed their hopes that Heritage Motorsports will show up at the 24 Hours of Daytona in a prototype.

Qualifying will commence tomorrow at 3:50PM EDST, here at the Mid-Ohio course. Weather predictions, locally, are mixed between wet and dry. There will be practice sessions in the morning and again just before qualifying. Then again, final practice will occur Saturday at 10:20AM.

The race will be broadcast June 29 at noon EDST on SPEED Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tommy Riggins , Stu Hayner