Theys Qualifies Tenth at Barber Motorsports Park For Tomorrow's Porsche 250 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 9 - Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz. was one of 10 drivers to qualify under the existing track record Saturday for the Daytona Prototype class at...
Theys Qualifies Tenth at Barber Motorsports Park For Tomorrow's Porsche 250
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 9 - Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz. was one of 10 drivers to qualify under the existing track record Saturday for the Daytona Prototype class at Barber Motorsports Park. He'll start tenth tomorrow in the Porsche 250 Rolex series race in the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27, with Andrea Montermini of Modena, Italy slated to drive in the second half of the two-hour-and-45-minute race.
Theys took just 1:23.265 to travel over the 2.33-mile, 16-turn road course during the 15-minute qualifying session for the Daytona Prototype class. In miles per hour, that's an average of 99.442 mph.
The old track record was a 1:24.313 (98.205 mph). Max Papis's new record is a 1:20.613 (102.713 mph).
Saturday morning the Doran-Lista team was second overall in the practice session before qualifying. The team's fastest lap in that session was a 1:22.151 (100.790 mph), second only to the eventual pole-winner's 1:22.081 (100.876 mph).
The competition is so stiff that the scoreboard can change dramatically from session to session as well as during each session. Changing weather conditions amplifies that situation.
Rain is predicted for tomorrow's race, which is scheduled to be broadcast live on SPEED at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Saturday's qualifying session was held under dry but humid and damp conditions.
"Our car was loose in qualifying; we'll make some more adjustments before the race," Theys said. "The track was dry all the way around."
The other DORAN JE4s in the field will start second (Bell Motorsports); eighth (Michael Shank Racing) and 12th (G&W Motorsports).
Sunday's race is being presented by Bradley Arant, a legal firm.
Both Theys and Montermini will be making their first start at this particular track tomorrow.
For more information see www.lista.com, www.listaintl.com, www.doranracing.com, www.grandamerican.com, www.barbermotorsports.com and www.restartcommunications.com.