Maxwell Paces Practice Day at Trois-Rivieres Thilenius Quickest Among Street Tuner Class Machines TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada (August 4, 2006) -- Toronto native Scott Maxwell logged a lap at 1:12.588 (75.434 mph) in the No. 55 Hyper Sport...
Maxwell Paces Practice Day at Trois-Rivieres
Thilenius Quickest Among Street Tuner Class Machines
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, Canada (August 4, 2006) -- Toronto native Scott Maxwell logged a lap at 1:12.588 (75.434 mph) in the No. 55 Hyper Sport Engineering Ford Mustang GT to top Friday's practice sessions on the 1.52-mile, 10-turn Quebec street course in preparation for this weekend's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Round 8 of the 10-race 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series schedule.
Maxwell, the 2002 Grand-Am Cup GS champion, is making just his third Grand-Am Cup start of the year this weekend, having posted a season-best sixth place result in Round 2 at Virginia International Raceway in April. He is sharing the driving duties this weekend with Joe Foster, but left Quebec right after today's final run to head home to Toronto to attend the 45th wedding anniversary celebration for his parents, George and Julie. Maxwell will return to Trois-Rivieres in time for Sunday's race with Foster slated to qualify tomorrow and start the Hyper Sport Mustang on Sunday.
"The Mustangs were strong here last year so we just used a safe, proven and reliable set-up out of the box and it worked," Maxwell said. "The cars can last the entire race, but we have to watch the brakes as they tend to go away with a little heat soak on pit stops. Hyper Sport prepares a good race car, though, and I am sure we will be able to keep the temperatures down and be in it for the win."
Germany's Wolf Henzler was second-quickest in the No. 175 Rembrandt Charms Porsche 996 he is sharing with 18-year-old co-driver Eric Lux with a lap time of 1:12.719 (75.362 mph). Henzler is making his first career Grand-Am Cup start, while the rookie Lux scored his first-career series victory with Charles Espenlaub in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.
David Empringham was third in the No. 5 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools/OMP Ford Mustang GT with a lap at 1:13.039 (75.257 mph), followed by Adam Pecorari in the No. 59 Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang GT with a lap at 1:12.850 (75.163 mph). Michael McDowell rounded out the top five in the No. 15 Playboy Racing Ford Mustang GT with a time of 1:12.870 (75.142 mph). McDowell and co-driver Rob Finlay were victorious in last weekend's event at Barber Motorsports Park.
The Grand Sport class will take the green flag for its stand-alone 150-mile event on Sunday, August 6 at 3:15 p.m. ET. The only on-track activity for the machines on Saturday will be a 15-minute qualifying at 9:35 p.m. ET.
David Thilenius posted the fastest lap in the Street Tuner (ST) class, logging a time of 1:15.740 (72.295 mph) in the No. 86 Collision Craft Chevrolet Cobalt. Thilenius--who is sharing the car with hometown favorite Marc-Antoine Camirand--has posted two top-10 class finishes this season, with a season-best result of sixth last weekend at Barber.
"I thought the car would be good here, we've been making changes all year and after Barber I thought the car would be fast," Thilenius said. "The Cobalt turns very well and is really stable under the brakes. It was very fast out there. I love Trois-Rivieres and this is my fifth year in a row here. Over the years I've had some good finishes and some bad luck, but overall it's a great street circuit."
Espenlaub was second-fastest in the ST class with a lap at 1:15.778 (72.258 mph) in the No. 142 DavisAcura.com Acura RSX-S. Espenlaub is co-driving this weekend with Anthony Serra and Jeff Altenburg. Trois-Rivieres native Jean-Francois Dumoulin was third-fastest in the No. 22 Mini Financial Services/ G-Dezine Ltd/ Hawk Brakes/ Red Line Oil Mini Cooper with a lap at 1:15.918 (72.125 mph).
The ST machines will also compete in a stand-alone 150-mile event on the famed street course, scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET. The cars will qualify at 9:05 a.m. ET.