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Utah: GT practice two report

Marziale Paces SPEED GT Practice for the First Time in Utah TOOELE, Utah (May 16, 2008) -- Ritch Marziale, of Tempe, Ariz., topped a busy afternoon practice session and was fastest on the day in preparations for Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED...

Marziale Paces SPEED GT Practice for the First Time in Utah

TOOELE, Utah (May 16, 2008) -- Ritch Marziale, of Tempe, Ariz., topped a busy afternoon practice session and was fastest on the day in preparations for Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Round Six race, part of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park. Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Eric Curran, of East Hampton, Mass., completed the top three.

Driving the No. 56 All-Cut Concrete Cutting Dodge Viper, Marziale turned a fastest time of 1:56.251 (94.389 mph) around the 15-turn, 3.048-mile circuit to top the sheets for the first time in his 21-race career.

Marziale is racing with a heavy heart this weekend after attending his grandmother's funeral in Utah earlier in the week. Now residing in Arizona, Marziale and his family are originally from the area and views this as his home race.

"The track had a good amount of rubber down, and the car felt good, which enticed me to go a little deeper, a little harder," Marziale said. "It turned out to where it was clear in front of us and I connected all the necessary points and it turned out well.

"We have a lot of family here. We had funeral services for my grandmother, Marjorie Lawson, on Tuesday, and I'd like to dedicate this weekend to her."

Davis, who won the most recent race at Long Beach, was second fastest in the afternoon session, which proved to be much faster than the morning session. Davis' 1:56.574 (94.127 mph) in the No. 10 ACS/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang Cobra came late in the session.

Curran improved one position in each of his last three laps to move up to third in the No. 30 Whelen Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette with a fast time of 1:56.600 (94.106 mph). Defending Miller Motorsports Park race winner Tommy Archer was fourth in the No. 13 Foametix/Woodhouse Performance Dodge Viper, followed by Randy Pobst's No. 1 K-Pax Racing Porsche 911 GT3.

Qualifying for Sunday's race will take place Saturday at 1:20 p.m. (MDT). To follow the session via live timing and notes, please visit the SCCA Pit Board at www.world-challenge.com.

-credit: scca pro racing

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Drivers Tommy Archer , Randy Pobst , Eric Curran , Brandon Davis , Ritch Marziale