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Sebring: Wednesday GT, Touring practice report

Young, Schrantz Top Sebring Practice SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2002) -- Rookie John Young, of Woodside, Calif., and Kevin Schrantz, of Boulder, Colo., topped the initial day of SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT and Touring Car practice, ...

Young, Schrantz Top Sebring Practice

SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2002) -- Rookie John Young, of Woodside, Calif., and Kevin Schrantz, of Boulder, Colo., topped the initial day of SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT and Touring Car practice, respectively, at the 50th Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring Presented by Dodge weekend.

Young, in only his third-career Speed World Challenge GT race, turned a lap of 2:21.100 (94.401 mph) in the No. 44 Contract Metal Products Saleen SR--faster than Johannes van Overbeek's 2001 record qualifying run of 2:21.485 (94.144 mph).

Jeff McMillin, of Erie, Pa., was second quickest in the two sessions with a lap of 2:21.463 (94.158 mph) in the No. 25 McMillin Motorsports/JJ's Snacks BMW M3. Defending series Champion Michael Galati was third fastest in his Audi S4 Competition, followed by van Overbeek's Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Phil McClure, in a Chevrolet Corvette ZO6.

Driving the No. 98 Metro Volkswagen Volkswagen Jetta for the first time, Schrantz turned a lap of 2:32.257 (87.483 mph) to lead the Speed Touring Car field. Rookie Mark Kirberg, of Madera, Calif., was second quick in the No. 37 SSF Imported Auto Parts BMW 325is with a lap of 2:32.268 (87.477 mph)--a time he set in the first session.

Defending series and Sebring Touring Car Champion Pierre Kleinubing was third in his Acura Integra R, followed by Taz Harvey's Honda Civic and Peter Cunningham, in a Acura Integra R.

Cunningham is the defending Speed GT race winner, and will be competing in both series this weekend. Engine trouble thwarted his GT effort, turning only the 20th-fastest time in his Acura NSX SC.

The Speed World Challenge Championships take to the track for Woody's Ice Qualifying Thursday, March 14 at 11:25 a.m.

-scca pro racing-

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Drivers Kevin Schrantz , John Young , Pierre Kleinubing , Michael Galati , Phil McClure , Peter Cunningham , Jeff McMillin , Johannes van Overbeek , Mark Kirberg , Taz Harvey