Watkins Glen: Rand Racing Friday practice report

Rand Racing topped the SRPII class during opening-day practice for the six-hour Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International. Ralf Kelleners was fastest, covering the 3.4-mile road course in one minute, 48.440 seconds. He drives...

Rand Racing topped the SRPII class during opening-day practice for the six-hour Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International. Ralf Kelleners was fastest, covering the 3.4-mile road course in one minute, 48.440 seconds. He drives the No. 8 Nissan Lola with Terry Borcheller and Anthony Lazzaro. Marino Franchitti of Scotland had the best time in the No. 7 Lola that he shares with Niclas Jönsson and Bill Rand, 1:49.564.

"I think we saw more improvements to the car this afternoon," Lazzaro said. "Ralf had his first run this afternoon and set the quickest time of the session, but there's still more to go. All three of us agree on that."

Franchitti drove at Watkins Glen for the first time Thursday morning, then toured parts of the original track, which wound through the picturesque New York countryside and the lakeside town of Watkins Glen.

"When I drove this morning, I thought this track was awesome," he said. "Then when I saw the old one, I thought maybe it's not so awesome - that old one is scary! But this track is great, it's up there with Spa[-Francorchamps, in Belgium]. I guess Spa is my favorite, but I'm still learning here, so that may change."

slick win

Rand Racing drivers Niclas Jönsson and Anthony Lazzaro collected their first victory of the race week on Thursday evening. They teamed with Rolex Series competitors Andy Lally, Darren Law and Fredy Lienhard to win a 90-minute go-kart race on a local slick track. The team won by more than a lap, despite the handicap of frequent driver changes required for the race leader and a mid-race restart from the back of the reversed field.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fredy Lienhard , Anthony Lazzaro , Andy Lally , Terry Borcheller , Bill Rand , Darren Law , Marino Franchitti