Sunday
Jul222007

GRAND AM NEWS: Collins, Edwards Blast to First Grand-Am Rolex Series GT Victory of 2007 Season at Barber Motorsports Park

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Photo by John Thawley
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 21, 2007) – No. 07 Banner Racing/Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R drivers Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins dominated the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve GT competition Saturday afternoon at Barber Motorsports Park, racing to the checkered flag 30.591 seconds ahead of the field in the two-and-a-half hour Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant.

The pair started from the pole and almost never looked back, leading 94 of the race’s 95 laps. Edwards, running the team’s first stint, had already stretched the lead to 4.616 seconds over the No. 85 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Shoes For Crews/Recaro Porsche GT3 co-driver Craig Stanton by Lap 15. Edwards maintained a several-second lead behind the wheel before passing the No. 07 Pontiac GXP.R to Edwards on a Lap 28 pit stop.

 

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Saturday
Jul212007

GRAND AM NEWS: Fogarty Captures GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s Sixth Consecutive Grand-Am Rolex Pole at the Porsche 250

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 21, 2007) – For the sixth consecutive race, the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley will lead the Daytona Prototypes of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve to the green flag in Sunday’s 109-lap Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park.

Jon Fogarty captured his fifth pole of the season and the team’s seventh overall (co-driver Alex Gurney has earned an additional two) in the No. 99 machine, turning a time of 1:22.283 (100.628 mph) on the scenic 16-turn, 2.3-mile road course. Concerned about losing tire grip after just a handful of laps, Fogarty turned only three laps before pulling into the pits while the team monitored the session’s pace.

“We have confidence in qualifying, with what we’re able to do with the car and how best to utilize the tires,” said Fogarty. “We were able to get a gap in the field, ran a couple of hard laps, and just kind of waited. We didn’t want to put any more laps on that set of tires if we didn’t have to, because we’re going to have to run that set in the race.”

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Saturday
Jul212007

TEAM NEWS: Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Releases Enge Efffective Immedately

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Team Takes Top-Five Finish at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 21, 2007 - Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing has announced the immediate dismissal of driver Tomas Enge (a native of the Czech Republic now living in Monaco) following today's Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In accordance with the two-time American Le Mans Series GT2 Driver Championship-winning team's written policy on driver expectations and conduct, Enge was released approximately 45-minutes into the two hour and 45- minute event. Enge was assessed a penalty by IMSA Stewards/Officials for causing damage to a car while on probation. In accordance with a written agreement regarding the driver's probation, Team Manager/Entrant Dale White (Bozeman, MT) followed team policy and protocol and released Enge immediately.

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Saturday
Jul212007

TEAM NEWS: Audi R10 TDI shines at Mid-Ohio

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The Audi R10 TDI remains undefeated in the American Le Mans Series. In the seventh round at Mid-Ohio, Team Audi Sport North America achieved a commanding 1-2 victory in the LM P1 class. Emanuele Pirro (Italy) and Marco Werner (Germany) finished third overall missing the outright victory by just 15.073 seconds. Their team-mates Dindo Capello (Italy) and Allan McNish (Scotland) came home in fifth position and second in the LM P1 class.

The Audi R10 TDI made life difficult for the 150-kilograms lighter LM P2 sports cars at Mid-Ohio. On the opening lap, Emanuele Pirro cannoned himself from eighth on the grid to third position. It took the Audi driver just seven laps to also pass the two "factory" Porsches with great manouvres thus taking the overall lead. During the first hour, Pirro was able to open a lead of more than 10 seconds.

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