Thursday, January 23, 2014

First, let's start with...

Haase. Christopher Haase. The young German started his week in the United States off with a bang and a surprise, resulting in the first pole position of the GTD category going to Paul Miller Racing. A time of 1:46.973 rocketed the R8LMS to start first for Saturday's race. The cars which will be looking at the tailpipes of the 48 for at least the pace lap include the 63 Ferrari, 46 Audi, 65 Ferrari, and 007 Aston Martin.
Starting on pole for the GTLM category is the 91 SRT Motorsports Viper GTR-S. Marc Goossens put in a great lap of 1:44.506, only 0.076 of a second faster than last year's GT pole sitter, Nick Tandy, in a Porsche 911 RSR. Rolling off third will be the other Viper, of Jonathan Bomarito. The 4 starts fourth, with Corvette Racing qualifying only one of their cars, after the 3 suffered a problem in pit lane. 5th is the other Porsche, at the hands of Patrick Long.
Bouncing to the Prototype category, we have a familiar name starting first in the PC class. Colin Braun takes his 5th pole in a PC car in under a year. The young American driving the 54 CORE Autosport entry qualified 0.038 of a second ahead of Renger van der Zande, in the 8 Starworks entry. Following those two will be the 09, 38, and 08. Pole time for the PC category was 1:41.777.
Finally, we come to the man who will start first. Alex Gurney took the Red Dragon of GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing to the front with a time of 1:38.270. Starting second will be the fastest man of the weekend prior to this session, Richard Westbrook. The best qualifying P2 car was that of Muscle Milk/Pickett Racing, with a time nearly 1.6 seconds off the pole. The DeltaWing qualified eighth.

Night practice starts in about 30 minutes. While it won't be night right at the green flag, it should be full darkness by the time the chequered flies. For now, it's time for food!

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