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Positive Day for Burton Racing at Road America
Posted by: newsla on Aug 09, 2014 - 07:08 AM
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Positive Day for Burton Racing at Road America


Burton Racing opened the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase event weekend with a whirlwind day on Friday which featured two practice sessions and a 15-minute qualifying session. It was a positive day for the Indianapolis-based race team which unloaded off the trailer with two quick cars.

 

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Both the No. 23 BMW Automotive Chemicals/Excelda BMW 128i and No. 22 Gold Eagle BMW 128i machines finished among the top-five in the first practice session. Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra topped the time charts in the second practice with the No. 22 of Greg Strelzoff and Connor Bloum in 10th.

Carrying the positive momentum into qualifying, LaMarra took to the 4-mile road course for the 15-minute session and posted a lap time of 2:33.250-seconds for 13th on the grid.

“That was fun, we’ve got a very good race car,” said LaMarra. “I’m two seconds a lap faster than I was yesterday. Peter (Hansel, engineer) did a great job engineering the car. These are long laps, and you only see each corner once every couple of minutes! It was great to have some space out there—this place is plenty big enough that we didn’t have to worry about traffic, at least in qualifying. All my laps were really consistent, so that was really encouraging for the race tomorrow.”

Strelzoff, who scored a podium finish in last year’s Road America race is eager to return to action for Saturday’s 2.5-hour race after solidifying a spot on the 11th row of the grid with a fast lap of 2:34.912-seconds.

“The car was great, but I just tried to take too big of a bite from the apple under braking for turn five and I messed up my best lap,” said Strelzoff. “I was able to recover and it still turned out to be my best lap so that is pretty encouraging for tomorrow. I have had a lot of great battles at this track and I think we should have a strong car tomorrow. It was really tempting to use the curbs, but we just want to make sure we are good for the race so I stayed off of them as much as I could, and I can’t wait for the race tomorrow.”

The challenging layout of the Road America circuit makes it a favorite stop on the schedule and after showing such good pace in practice, the Burton Racing team looks to convert it into two positive performances Saturday afternoon in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.

“It was great to open the weekend with the speed that we’ve had here so far this weekend at Road America, and Greg and Mike did great jobs in qualifying,” said team owner Keith Burton. “It would be great to see a lot of green flag running tomorrow. Hopefully we can just keep with our plan and make progress all the way to the finish and kick off a strong close to the season.”

The race, which marks Round 9 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, will go green at 12:15 PM Central Time and will be streamed LIVE on IMSA.com.

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will be televised August 17 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.


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