Rino Fastest In Practice One of last year's frontrunners in Barber Dodge, but one whom did not win a race, was quickest in both of Friday's practive sessions on the 1.69-mile, 8-turn street course at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Rino ...
Rino Fastest In Practice
One of last year's frontrunners in Barber Dodge, but one whom did not win a race, was quickest in both of Friday's practive sessions on the 1.69-mile, 8-turn street course at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Rino Mastronardi of Italy put up a 1:09.560 in the first session, followed by a 1:08.559 in the second. Derek Hill and "Big Scholarship" driver Nick Rondet were second-quick in each of those sessions, respectively. Rondet's fortune was compromised, however, in that after turning a 1:09.231 in the second session, he spun then was t-boned by Rocky Moran, Jr., in Turn One.Rondet's car was heavily damaged but with the Barber Dodge crew working late into the night, the car will be repaired in time for the first of two qualifying sessions. Series veterans Steve Rikert and G.J. Mennen proved the value of experience and prior knowledge, setting the sixth- and eighth-quickest times.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Friday's practice times for Sunday's 30-minute SCCA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Pro Series race at the Kash 'N Karry Florida Grand Prix, 1.69-mile, 8-turn temporary street course, with practice position, driver, hometown or country and speed in miles per hour. All cars identical Mondiale Barber Dodge V6 open-wheel, single-seat race cars.
1. Rino Mastronardi, Italy, 88.741 mph 2. Nick Rondet, San Diego, Calif., 87.880 3. Tony Renna, Deland, Fla., 87.878 4. Derek Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., 87.776 5. Martin Stenshorne, Norway, 87.754 6. Steven Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 87.715 7. Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 87.653 8. G.J. Mennen, Austin, Texas, 87.200 9. Victor Gonzalez, Hotoray, Puerto Rico, 87.186 10. Andre Hansen, Norway, 87.005 11. Samer Hindi, Los Angeles, Calif., 86.939 12. Mattias Andersson, Sweden, 86.787 13. Will Langhorne, Washington, D.C., 86.651 14. Andy Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 86.614 15. Chris Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 86.593 16. Gian-Maria Regazzoni, Monaco, 86.371 17. Nick OSullivan, Boulder, Colo., 86.161 18. John McCaig, Canada, 86.120 19. Keith Watts, Nashville, Tenn., 86.099 20. Jarle Gasland, Norway, 86.012 21. Bill Tichenor, Dallas, Texas, 85.981 22. Jarrett Boon, Phoenix, Ariz., 85.811 23. Matt Fowler, Ventura, Calif., 85.678 24. Scott Brunk, Frederick, Md., 85.662 25. Gustavo Pasetto, Brazil, 85.485 26. Eric Tresslar, Denver, Colo., 85.060 27. Charles Willis, Germantown, Tenn., 84.705 28. Denis Lay, Miami, Fla., 84.293 29. Patsy DiFilippo, Apollo, Pa., 84.257
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