Road America Friday practice notes

ANDY WALLACE (No. 16 Dyson Racing Norcold/Thetford Riley & Scott Ford) -- This is my first time to Road America, and it is just fantastic. I can't remember going to a track and having so much fun. What a lovely track! Our car's going really well,...

ANDY WALLACE (No. 16 Dyson Racing Norcold/Thetford Riley & Scott Ford) -- This is my first time to Road America, and it is just fantastic. I can't remember going to a track and having so much fun. What a lovely track! Our car's going really well, actually. Overall, it's got a pretty good balance, and we'll probably leave it the way it is now for the race. James (Weaver) is going to qualify. We're very happy with the car, and I'm sure James will do a good job in qualifying. Traffic will be a problem in the race, so it should be quite exciting to watch in the race. We're probably going to use a little more fuel than the Judd-powered cars, but it's very difficult to know how many stops we'll need. They might make it on one fewer stop.

JAMES WEAVER (No. 16 Dyson Racing Norcold/Thetford Riley & Scott Ford) -- (will be seeking his fifth Informix Way Fast Award on Saturday) Andy and I always work well together. Andy was quickest in the final session and second quickest in the previous one, and I was quickest this morning, so we're hoping to be able to get on the front row. We've got a fabulous car under us. It's a 500-mile race, the car's good in traffic, we've got a good crew behind us, so I'm looking forward to it. The pole is important to my ego, but for the practical outcome of the race, it has nothing to do with it whatsoever.

DIDIER THEYS (No. 27 Doran Lista Special-Judd) -- Yesterday, we ran fast out of the box. We were running in the low 59's. We tried a couple of different things on the car today, but they didn't work the way we wanted, so we're going back to the setup we had yesterday. We should be OK to be in the right place tomorrow. We've had an advantage in fuel, but I'm sure this race will have yellows because of the number of cars, and if we have yellows, nobody will have an advantage.

TERRY BORCHELLER (No. 5 GTO Saleen/Allen Speedlab Saleen SR) -- The differential housing broke, and I think it clipped an oil line. I radioed to the crew that something broke in the drivetrain, and asked if I should stop. Then,"Fire!" It engulfed the car pretty quickly. (Was the fire related to the problems they've had in recent races?)The schedule's been pretty tough. We haven't have a whole lot of time down, and the car takes a lot of maintenance. So a lot of the maintenance has been done on the fly, but they are doing the maintenance. That car's a lot of work, man. At Lime Rock we stopped a little too far forward during a pit stop, and they stretched the fuel line. There was a little fuel escaping that nobody could see, and it went underneath the bodywork and onto the pipes. As soon as we lit it, it was on fire (they quickly extinguished the blaze and Johnson recovered to win). At Mid-Ohio we had a lot of electrical problems. At Daytona, the exhaust pipe broke in three places. It's been tough, but that's the ups and downs of racing. We do not have a backup car. They say they can fix it, and it anyone can do it, they can.

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Series Grand-Am
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