Theys fastest in inaugural run at VIR

ALTON, Virginia (August 30, 2002) - The Doran Lista Racing team of Mauro Baldi and Didier Theys topped the speed charts while practicing at Virginia International Raceway today. Grand Am's first visit to the 3.27-mile road circuit was met by ...

ALTON, Virginia (August 30, 2002) - The Doran Lista Racing team of Mauro Baldi and Didier Theys topped the speed charts while practicing at Virginia International Raceway today. Grand Am's first visit to the 3.27-mile road circuit was met by persistent rain, causing the first session to start on a damp track.

Theys and Baldi did not take to the track in the first session, opting to wait for a dry track in the afternoon.

"We didn't run this morning because of the wet conditions," said Theys. "When it's raining on Friday it's our policy to sit it out, but if it's wet tomorrow morning we'll definitely go out."

Chris Dyson and Andy Wallace set the fastest lap in the morning session driving Dyson Racing's Ford-powered Riley and Scott. The best they could manage was a lap at 1:57.644 and 100.065 mph.

In the afternoon session, the Doran Lista team, with Didier Theys at the wheel, stopped the clock at 1:39.242 (118.619 mph), the best lap of the day.

Dyson and Wallace knocked 17 seconds from their morning time, setting the second fastest lap of the day at 1:40.511 (117.12 mph).

Third fastest overall, and first in SRPII, was the Nissan-powered Lola of Niclas Jonsson and Ralf Kelleners.

In the GT class, the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT, driven by Cort Wagner and Bill Auberlen, were fastest at 1:53.963 (103.297 mph). The team's Ferrari, which leads the GT point standings with 3 races remaining, was fifth fastest overall.

Notes from the VIR 500 at Virginia International Raceway:

Sunday's race has been shortened to five hours instead of the six-hour event that was originally planned for Grand Am's inaugural visit to Virginia International Raceway.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Ralf Kelleners , Didier Theys , Bill Auberlen , Chris Dyson , Cort Wagner
Teams Dyson Racing