TEAM NEWS: Quick Times at Mid-Ohio

Photo by John Thawley With a front row that is over three seconds quicker than last year's P2 times, records fell across the board in American Le Mans qualifying at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course. The two Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyders were more than a second quicker than their best times from June testing here. They beat last year's record P2 times by two seconds and will start fifth and ninth in a line-up that was quicker than half of today's IndyCar field. Butch Leitzinger will start fifth and Chris Dyson ninth.

"There does not seem to be a floor in what kind of lap time we can do here: it just gets lower and lower," commented Leitzinger. "The car feels great and the team has been doing so much work on getting a good understanding of the car. It has really been paying dividends. You saw Chris at Lime Rock and now our speed here this weekend."

"Butch and I were talking about our one-two finish here in 2005," said Dyson. "We had a great battle in the beginning of that race with four other cars and tomorrow could be better than that. This track is very good at bringing out a higher level of competitiveness in everybody."

Talking about the June test here, chief engineer Peter Weston noted that they were successful in finding a good off-the-truck set up. "We are mastering the intricacies of this car's philosophy. It is much different than the Lola we have run the past four years. At the test, we paid a lot of attention to the center spring and its different combinations. If the Lola was a 3X3 Rubik's cube when it came to set-up permutations, the Porsche is a 6X6 Rubik's cube. We are discovering there are more contributing factors to making this car go fast. There are so many strings to the car's bow and we continue to find which ones will light the car up."

The seventh race of the American Le Mans Series is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. ET tomorrow, July 21. CBS Sports will broadcast the race from 2 to 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 22. The race will be onXM S atellite Radio at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday.


TEAM NEWS: Lizards Qualify Third and Seventh in GT2 for Mid-Ohio

Photo by John Thawley Flying Lizard's No. 45 and No. 44 Porsches qualified third and seventh, respectively, in today's qualifying session at Mid-Ohio. Joerg Bergmeister clocked the third-fastest lap time in GT2 in the No. 45 during the 20 minute qualifying session and was the fastest Porsche. Lonnie Pechnik was seventh in class in the No. 44.

Bergmeister commented, "Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite tracks: it's very technical, but this can make setup challenging because of the combination of elevation changes and off-camber corners. We made a lot of improvements on the No.45 setup during the second practice today, and the guys did a great job getting the car ready for qualifying. We need to keep improving, but I think the direction we're heading is the right one and we'll be able to use tomorrow's warmup to finalize things."

Join the Lizards for tomorrow's race, the 2007 Acura Sports Car Challenge, which starts 3:15 p.m. ET Saturday, July 21. Bergmeister and Johannes van Overbeek will again team in the No. 45, and Seth Neiman and Pechnik will pilot the No. 44 Porsche. The race will be broadcast on CBS Sports on Sunday July 22 at 2 pm ET. Flying Lizard will broadcast team radio communications live during the race.


TEAM NEWS: Peterson and Gigliotti qualify their LGM Chevy Corvettes 5th and 6th at Mid-Ohio

Photo by John Thawley Lexington Ohio (July 21, 2007): Doug Peterson and Lou Gigliotti qualified their Corvettes 5th and 6th for Sunday’s Round 7 of SCCA Pro Racing’s SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series here at Mid-Ohio Raceway in Lexington Ohio as both drivers eclipsed the existing GT qualifying record.

Early in the session Lou Gigliotti recorded a time that had his LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevy Corvette C6 back in 8th position which just wasn’t going to get it done. Lou came into the pits and after some changes by his son and crew chief Louis Gigliotti he improved slightly moving up to the 5th position.

Moments later his LGM teammate Doug Peterson bettered that lap to move his 3 Dimensional Services Chevy Corvette into the 5th position.

Not to be out done Gigliotti countered with his best lap of 1:26.281 getting the #28 Corvette back into 5th. But hole on Lou Doug dug down and reeled off a 1:26.147 a lap later to salt away the 5th spot for good.

Doug Peterson got out of his yellow Corvette and with a slow shake of his head said that he felt that he should have done a little better today.

“There was a little bit of traffic which really wasn’t that big a problem because I tried to drive around it,” Peterson said. “We had pretty much the same setup as yesterday but we were just a tick off. I’m waiting for the car and I can see the millionths of a second go by.

“Our setup is really close but we can only work with what we have. We are giving up some horsepower because of the sequential gear box and I’m not sure it is worth it. We’ll see.”

“We’re 6th,” said Lou Gigliotti from the seat of his LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevy Corvette after Mid-Ohio qualifying. “We gave it all we had.

“I think the track did get better as the session went along. If a guy was smart a guy would have waited and gone out with fresh tires on a nice clean track but none of us are that smart.”

“The times were good, they broke the track record by a ton, we broke the record, so the track is definitely faster than last year but we weren’t fast enough. The story is that they added 50 pounds to us and took away horsepower so how are you going to deal with that.”

The LGM Chevy Corvettes of Doug Peterson and Lou Gigliotti will start on the 4th row and take on the tough SPEED World Challenge GT competition as Round 7 will go green on Sunday July 22nd at 5:05 PM EDT. The race can followed via live timing on and will be broadcast on Saturday July 28th at 4:00 PM EDT.