ALMS – Chevy Presents Petit Le Mans – Morning
Some V8 Surprises
© Russell Wittenberg
significant times were set this morning; everyone has come down
off the qualifying high and is settling into their race mode. The
warm-up session was delayed about 30 minutes, as the track officials
finished some asphalt repairs in turn one and five. The repairs
appear to have taken hold, as there were no reports of any more
problems during the session.
Audis topped the charts this morning, JJ setting the quickest time
early on (1:13.218). The other LMP1 runners were close enough. Dyson
Racing elected to rest the pole sitter, the team commenting that
“this was the plan, the car is good, we know what it can do.”
with Nic Minassian in the DBA.
Robin Liddell in the
Intersport Lola led LMP2 (1:17.878), while John Macaluso drove his
Courage this morning (1:21.051). The plan is for Ian James and James
Gue to pilot the C65, but John wanted to get some time in this morning
just in case he is needed.
There’s an interesting
story off the track in the LMP2 class. Miracle’s James Gue
has been selected to interview for the lead role in the popular
reality show on ABC, “The Bachelor”. If selected, James
would assume the role of “The Bachelor”, and have twenty-five
beautiful young ladies all vying for his affection. The show follows
the Bachelor interacting with the ladies as he is forced to eliminate
all but the one he thinks will be a perfect mate. James is a very
unassuming and likeable young man, and when his pal Ian James “let
the cat out of the bag” about his new fame, James turned as
red as the paint on his Courage. After much good natured ribbing
from Ian and John Macaluso, it was agreed that James should bring
the girls out to the race events so that they could ‘help’
him with the selection process.
The highlight of the
warm-up session must be the ACEMCO Saleen. They seem to be finally
getting a real grip on that car. Joao Barbosa (1:19.540 –
faster than in qualifying) was quicker than both Corvettes, which
were not ‘dogging it’ by any means. All three GTS entries
were in the 1:19s for most of the session. Could this be a foreshadowing
of things to come?
GT was relatively
uneventful; Jorg Bergmeister led the group in the #23 AJR Porsche.
The one exception might be Marino Franchitti pushing the Panoz up
the third quickest for the session (1:24.163 – also faster
than in qualifying). The pole-sitting #24 AJR Porsche was ninth
fastest in GT.
quicker than before was the Cirtek Porsche - into the 1:24s at last.
Nothing left to do now