Enzo Potolicchio and Sebastien Bourdais checks into SPEED.com following qualifying for Sunday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival.
After a disastrous season, which has seen only a single podium finish, Richard Westbrook brought a bit of sunshine to the Spirit of Daytona squad Saturday, by claiming pole for Sunday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival.
The GM driver, normally tasked with watching his co-driver Ricky Taylor qualify, reeled off a best time of 1:21.557 in the Coyote-chassied Daytona Prototype.
He edged out the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Max Angelelli by a mere 0.021 seconds to give SDR its first pole of the season.
TRG ASTON MARTIN DEBUTS — After months of delays, TRG’s Aston Martin Vantage debuts in this weekend’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (5 p.m. ET, Live! FOX Sports 1). AMR factory driver Darren Turner, fresh off the FIA WEC Six Hours of Sao Paulo, has joined Brandon Davis, a winner in last month’s Pirelli World Challenge round, at the wheel of GT3-based machine.
Davis qualified the V12-powered beast in 10th, a respectable effort considering the number of changes made to the car, including heavily revised aero and a switch to the class-mandated Bosch ECU system.
Ozz Negri and Michael Shank Racing set the pace in opening Rolex Series practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Negri ran a lap of 1:23.026 in the No. 60 Aero Ford/Riley to lead the session with Alex Gurney second in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, 1:23.050. Scott Pruett was third with a lap of 1:23.135, but the No. 01 Telcel/Telmex BMW/Riley pit with an engine issue later in the session and the team is working on an engine change.
Bill Auberlen and Turner Motorsport seem to have things figured this weekend at Mazda Raceway. After setting the fastest time in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge practice earlier in the morning, Auberlen was again fastest in GT with a lap of 1:28.078 in the team’s No. 94 BMW M3. Three manufacturers made up the top three spots in GT with Jeff Segal second in the No. 61 Ferrari of Ontario/RemoFerriGroup.com Ferrari 458, 1:28.417, and Eric Curran third in Marsh Racing’s No. 31 Corvette, 1:28.613.