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Rain No Problem For Luhr, Franchitti In Qualifying At Austin
Posted by: newsla on Sep 21, 2013 - 06:56 AM
American Le Mans Series News
Rain No Problem For Luhr, Franchitti In Qualifying At Austin


Competitors in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón had two extra days of testing to learn the new Circuit of The Americas. Friday, that work went down the drain, with official practice and qualifying held in rainy conditions at the 3.4-mile circuit in preparation for Saturday’s ALMS round of International Sports Car Weekend presented by Continental Tire.

 

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Lucas Luhr captured his 22nd pole in P1 qualifying, running a lap of two minutes, 7.851 seconds (95.736 mph) in the No. 6 Pickett Racing Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c. He and co-driver Klaus Graf – who have already wrapped up the P1 championship – will be seeking their sixth consecutive victory in Saturday’s two-hour, 45-minutes race that begins at 3:45 p.m. CT.

Luhr was joined by Marino Franchitti and Renger van der Zande in winning pole positions for the prototype classes for the race, Round 7 of 10 on the 2013 schedule.

The changing conditions proved a challenge for Luhr, whose team did not participate in the optional testing earlier in the week.

“There was no constant rain, so the track was getting drier and drier,” Luhr said. “Then when the track dried out, it got very greasy and you ended up overheating the tires.”

Chris McMurry qualified second in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60, 2:12.837 (92.143 mph). Third in the class was Andy Meyrick, in the debut of the No. 0 DeltaWing DWC13 coupe with Katherine Legge, 2:15.845 (90.103 mph).

With his team fastest overall in both days of unofficial testing, Marino Franchitti continued the momentum for Level 5 Motorsports, taking his third pole of the season and seventh straight this season for the team with a lap of 2:10.573 (93.741 mph) in the No. 552 Siemens/Alpine Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b.

Franchitti was also challenged by the changing conditions.

“You needed the wet tire, because it wasn’t dry enough for slicks,” Franchitti said. “But the wets were wearing down pretty quickly, and I was just hanging on.”

Extreme Speed Motorsports’ Johannes van Overbeek and Anthony Lazzaro took the next two positions in P2, with Level 5 Motorsports’ Ryan Briscoe losing his right-rear wheel at the beginning of the session and failing to post a qualifying time.

Van der Zande captured his first ALMS pole in Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire (PC) qualifying, turning a lap of 2:17.865 (88.783 mph) in the No. 81 DragonSpeed dress-for-less.com ORECA FLM09.

“We knew we had a very fast car in the wet,” van der Zande said. “But in the end the track started drying and a lot of people started getting close, so we kept pushing.”

Ryan Dalziel took second with a lap of 2.18.929 (88.103 mph) in the No. 5 Starworks Popow Motorsport entry, followed by Kyle Marcelli in the No. 8 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA, 2:19.782 (87.565 mph).

Starting lineup for Saturday's American Le Mans Series International Sports Car Weekend event at the 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas. Lineup includes starting position, car number and class (in parentheses), drivers, car, time in seconds and speed in miles per hour.

1. (6-P1) Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr, HPD ARX-03c, 2:07.851, 95.736 mph
2. (16-P1) Tony Burgess/Chris McMurry, Lola B12/60 Mazda, 2:12.837, 92.143
3. (0-P1) Katherine Legge/Andy Meyrick, DeltaWing LM12 Elan, 2:15.845, 90.103
4. (552-P2) Guy Cosmo/Marino Franchitti/Scott Tucker, HPD ARX-03b, 2:10.573, 93.741
5. (02-P2) Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek, HPD ARX-03b, 2:11.869, 92.819
6. (01-P2) Scott Sharp/Anthony Lazzaro, HPD ARX-03b, 2:12.100, 92.657
7. (551-P2) Scott Tucker/Ryan Briscoe, HPD ARX-03b, 0, 0
8. (81-PC) Renger van der Zande/Mirco Schultis, ORECA FLM09, 2:17.865,88.783
9. (5-PC) Ryan Dalziel/John Pew, ORECA FLM09, 2:18.929, 88.103
10. (8-PC) Chris Cumming/Kyle Marcelli, ORECA FLM09, 2:19.782, 87.565
11. (9-PC) David Heinemeier Hansson/Bruno Junqueira, ORECA FLM09, 2:20.018, 87.417
12. (05-PC) Jonathan Bennett/Tom Kimber-Smith, ORECA FLM09, 2:20.340, 87.217
13. (52-PC) Mike Guasch/Dane Cameron, ORECA FLM09, 2:20.722, 86.980
14. (18-PC) Charlie Shears/Tristan Nunez, ORECA FLM09, 2:20.935, 86.849
15. (7-PC) Rusty Mitchell/Tomy Drissi, ORECA FLM09, 2:22.438, 85.932
16. (55-GT) Bill Auberlen/Joey Hand, BMW Z4 GTE, 2:17.178, 89.227
17. (3-GT) Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 2:17.442, 89.056
18. (4-GT) Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 2:17.594, 88.957
19. (56-GT) John Edwards/Dirk Mueller, BMW Z4 GTE, 2:18.002, 88.694
20. (06-GT) Colin Braun/Patrick Long, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:19.167, 87.952
21. (93-GT) Kuno Wittmer/Jonathan Bomarito, SRT Viper GTS-R Viper V-10, 2:19.246, 87.902
22. (48-GT) Bryce Miller/Marco Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:19.462, 87.766
23. (62-GT) Olivier Beretta/Matteo Malucelli, Ferrari F458 Italia, 2:19.834, 87.532
24. (91-GT) Marc Goossens/Dominik Farnbacher, SRT Viper GTS-R Viper V-10, 2:20.088, 87.374
25. (17-GT) Wolf Henzler/Bryan Sellers, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:21.134, 86.726
26. (23-GT) Bill Sweedler/Townsend Bell, Ferrari F458 Italia, 2:21.704, 86.377
27. (66-GTC) Ben Keating/Damien Faulkner, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:27.816, 82.806
28. (30-GTC) Henrique Cisneros/Sean Edwards, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:27.880, 82.770
29. (22-GTC) Cooper MacNeil/Jeroen Bleekemolen, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:27.920, 82.747
30. (27-GTC) Patrick Dempsey/Andy Lally, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:28.533, 82.406
31. (44-GTC) Seth Neiman/Dion von Moltke, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:28.618, 82.359
32. (11-GTC) Mike Hedlund/Jan Heylen, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:28.692, 82.318
33. (45-GTC) Nelson Canache Jr./Spencer Pumpelly, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2:29.353, 81.953


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