SBRS: Valiante fastest on wash-out d at road Atlanta

On a day that was a near wash out in preparation for the 12th round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series at the Racing For Kids Grand Prix, Road Atlanta winner Michael Valiante of Vancouver, B.C. was quickest in the only session worth running. Recent...

On a day that was a near wash out in preparation for the 12th round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series at the Racing For Kids Grand Prix, Road Atlanta winner Michael Valiante of Vancouver, B.C. was quickest in the only session worth running. Recent days have seen Southern Florida doused with rains of near Biblical proportions, and today was hardly an exception. Though not nearly as much rain fell today as had earlier in the week, it was sufficient to wipe one session entirely and delay another of the three scheduled.

Valiante led the first session, which was the only dry session of the day, lapping the 2.223-mile infield road course at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1:21.001 sec. Three one-thousandth of a second behind was championship front runner Nilton Rossoni while third was Sepp Koster. American Jon Fogarty, the other title hopeful finished the day seventh fastest.

The day's second session, which was delayed by one hour as the track was flooded within minutes of the rains falling was run on damp, drying track. Drivers had to withstand track temperatures in the mid-90 degree range and very high humidity. Fastest in that session was Koster, well off the dry track pace at 1:27.675 sec. Floridian Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second to Koster at 1:28.148 sec. with Fogarty in third, two-tenths adrift of Hunter-Reay.

The schedule has been altered on Saturday to accommodate one more practice session prior to the two qualifying sessions to be run later in the day on Saturday. Hopefully the rains will abate sufficiently to have a dry qualifying session; however rains are still prevalent in the region.

-George Tamayo

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Michael Valiante , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Nilton Rossoni , Sepp Koster