Grand Am - Miami Grand Prix - Friday Morning
© Russell Wittenberg

Only twenty-four cars braved the misty rain and wet track to participate in the first morning practice. Most teams chose to sit it out and not take the chance. The times posted were essentially irrelevant as the quickest was over nine seconds slower than ysterday. With the weather forecast calling for sunny skies and warmer temperatures for the race, not much can be learned from practising in these conditions.

dailysportscar.comTo better accommodate the Indy Racing League, who need a dry oval to practice, the second Grand Am practice was moved up fromm1:00 pm to 11:30 am. This would give the track crews more time to dry the oval sections, as the rain seems to have ended.

Many cars started the session on intermediates but quickly came in for slicks as the track was improving. Most teams used the session to fine-tune their cars and drivers for qualifying.

Again a change in schedule as qualifying is now set to begin at 1:00 pm in lieu of 4:00pm.

The sky is lightening and it looks good for qualifying. Max Crawford and Andy Wallace, above - always looking to adapt or improve some aspect of the car..

Notes and quotes from around the paddock to follow the qualifying report.

First Friday Session - Top 20
1 07 DP Spirit of Daytona Racing Bob Ward / Roberto Moreno Crawford Pontiac 1.23.041

2 09 DP Spirit of Daytona Racing Doug Goad / Stephan Gregoire Crawford Pontiac 1.23.844
3 58 DP Red Bull / Brumos Racing David Donohue / Darren Law Fabcar Porsche 1.24.461
4 59 DP Brumos Racing Hurley Haywood / JC France Fabcar Porsche 1.26.540
5 66 DP Krohn Racing / TRG Max Papis / Jorg Bergmeister Riley Pontiac 1.26.791
6 9 DP Hyper Sport Rick Skelton / Joe Foster Doran Infiniti 1.27.416
7 18 DP CB Motorsports / Chase Competition Eng Chris Bingham / Hugo Guenette Chase Pontiac 1.28.242
8 16 GT Prototype Technology Group Justin Marks / Tom Milner BMW M3 1.28.372
9 61 GT TRG East Ryan Dalziel / Bryan Sellers Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1.28.665
21 GT Prototype Technology Group Bill Auberlen / Joey Hand BMW M3 1.28.846
11 GT JMB USA Plumb / Bertuzzi / Zoi Ferrari 360 1.28.922
22 GT Prototype Technology Group Chris Gleason / Ian James BMW M3 1.29.016
17 GT Prototype Technology Group Kelly Collins / RJ Valentine BMW M3 1.29.258
14 88 GT Autometrics Motorsports Steve Johnson / Robert Nearn Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1.30.638
15 73 GT Tafel Racing Jim Tafel Jr, / Andrew Davis Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1.30.707
16 80 GT Synergy Racing Craig Stanton / David Murry Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1.31.365
17 04 GT Sigalsport Gene Sigal / Troy Hanson Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1.31.491
18 94 GT Autometrics Motorsports Tom Soriano / Bransen Patch Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1.31.712
19 30 GT Alegra Motorsports Carlos de Quesada / Hugh Plumb Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1.32.184
20 14 GT Autometrics Motorsports Cory Friedman / Leh Keen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 1.32.364


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