JULY 2, 2005 This is the part of the country where time is measured in centuries. Town signs regularly note they were founded before the independence date we are celebrating this weekend. But racing is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Butch Leitzinger qualified the #16 Thetford/Norcold Dyson Racing Lola second today for Monday`s American Le Mans race, two tenths of a second behind the pole-winning Audi. Starting third behind Leitzinger will be Andy Wallace in the #20 entry
“The car is really good, remarked Leitzinger. “If we had turned our fast lap at the beginning of the session when the tires where at the peak, we would have been right there on pole. We are happy with the car. We will just do a couple of wafer thin adjustments to the set up, and we will be ready to race hard on Monday.”
Commenting on his qualifying effort, Andy Wallace explained, “The second flying lap was my best time and unfortunately I got a little bit on the grass coming out of the chicane on my third flying lap and I lost a couple of tenths.”
Chris Dyson, co-driving with Wallace noted, “I am happy with the car: it very well-balanced. The cars are competitive and we are in much better position for the race than we were last year.”
Due to local restrictions, the Lime Rock track does not run races on Sunday. Monday`s race will be shown live on SPEED 3:00 – 6:00 PM ET.
And Dyson Racing congratulates Champion Racing on their victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first American team to do so since 1967. In preparation for this race, the Champion team prepared their cars at the Dyson Racing shop in nearby Poughkeepsie, NY.
|1.||1||P1||J. Lehto/M.Werner||Audi R8/Audi|
|7.||3||GT1||R. Fellows/J.OConnell||3.750||Corvette C6-R|
|8.||63||GT1||T. Borcheller/J. Mowlem||4.395||Saleen S7R|
|9.||35||GT2||A. Bertolini/F. Babini||4.417||Maserati MC 12|
|10.||19||GT2||G. van der Steur/B. Devlin||4.764||Lola B2K/40 AER|