Brendon Hartley, Bill Auberlen and Joel Miller led their respective classes in Saturday’s final Rolex Series practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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.
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Alonso happy despite being beaten by Massa
Fernando Alonso insists that he’s happy with how qualifying unfolded in Monza, despite being beaten by teammate Felipe Massa.
The two Ferraris tried to coordinate a tow to help the Spaniard, and while he complained initially on the radio that the Brazilian was too far ahead, he said that in the end it had worked out. Alonso will start fifth, right behind Massa.
Fernando was clearly annoyed that a negative radio message, made when the plan for a tow appeared to been unraveling, had been played on TV.
Lewis Hamilton called himself an idiot after his worst qualifying drive this season left him starting 12th for the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton, who won at Monza last year, was chasing a fifth successive pole position in Formula One but he failed to even make Q3 on Saturday.
“I just drove like an idiot,” he said. “That’s the worst I’ve driven for a long, long time. I’m sorry to the team.”
Sebastian Vettel is odds on to extend his big Formula One lead over Fernando Alonso after qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix in pole position.
Vettel already leads Alonso by 46 points and will be confident of moving further clear of his rivals, given that Alonso starts Sunday’s race from fifth on the grid and Lewis Hamilton — who is third overall in the title race — from a lowly 12th.