Thursday
Mar222007

GRAND AM NEWS: LALLY LEADS GT PRACTICE IN HOMESTEAD

Photo by John Thawley Defending Rolex Series GT co-champion Andy Lally turned in the quickest time in GT practice for Saturday’s Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami. Lally logged a best lap at 1:20.785 (102.494 mph) in the No. 66 CRG/Maxter/Rotax/MBA/NFP/F1Air Porsche GT3 he is sharing with RJ Valentine. Lally took the GT class victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway two years ago.

“We are glad to be back at Homestead,” Lally said. “We have always been strong here and we have taken our baseline set-up from year’s past and applied it to the new car and it worked. The best part is that we were fast in the wet and when it dried we were still fast so that is good. Considering the crazy weather that is expected for this weekend, that might be a good thing. Our team did a good job between here and Mexico and reworked the car, even more than after Daytona, and we are closer to where we want to be.”

Second-quickest in GT was Leh Keen in the No. 85 Shoes for Crews/Recaro Porsche GT3 at 1:21.171 (102.007 mph). Keen and co-driver Dominik Farnbacher finished second three weeks ago at Mexico City and the Farnbacher Loles Motorsports program—which is in its first full season of Rolex Series competition—has been quick throughout the first two races and preseason testing.

Nick Ham—who earned his first Rolex Series class pole position and celebrated his first GT class victory in Mexico City with co-driver Sylvain Tremblay—was third-quickest in class. Ham posted a best lap of 1:21.242 (101.918 mph) in the No. 70 Mazda/Mazdaspeed RX-8 for the Sunrise, Fla.-based SpeedSource team.

“We were about as quick as we have ever been here,” Tremblay said. “When we unloaded we were great. We have a good car setup and you have to these days in GT. You have to be awesome from the beginning. The bar was raised last year with a lot of good new teams, like Tafel Racing, joining in and just being okay anymore is not good enough. You have to be on all the time and that is our goal.”

Dirk Werner made it two Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsches inside the top-four class positions by running the fourth-quickest lap of the day in the No. 87 Marquis Jet/IPC/Recaro Porsche GT3. Werner’s best lap was 1:21.426 (101.687 mph) in the car he is sharing with Bryce Miller.

Alex Tagliani completed the GT top five in the No. 15 USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools/Guardian Ford Mustang Cobra with a lap at 1:21.523 (101.566 mph). Tagliani is co-driving with car owner Tom Nastasi on the Florida-based Blackforest Motorsports team.

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