CORE autosport’s Patrick Long talks about the importance of fuel mileage and what methods both driver and crew do during each American Le Mans Series race.
John Edwards saved his best for last in Friday’s second practice session for the Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America. Edwards lapped the 4.048-mile circuit in 2:04.711 (116.853 mph) in the No. 56 BMW North America, LLC/Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE. His best lap came in the final minute of the session, knocking Marc Goossens – who led the day’s first session – out of the top spot in GT.
Lucas Luhr kept the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c on top of the overall charts with a lap of 1:52.106 (129.991 mph), 5.467 seconds ahead of Chris McMurry in the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 Mazda.
Quickest in the P2 class was Johannes van Overbeek in the No. 02 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b at 1:57.573 (123.947 mph). Simon Pagenaud, 1:57.969 (123.531 mph), and Marino Franchitti, 1:58.407 (123.074 mph) rounded out the top three.
With Ryan Briscoe still recovering from a broken wrist, Level 5 Motorsports has recruited a pair of former American Le Mans Series champions to bolster its driving strength for this weekend’s round at Road America.
SPEED has learned that Simon Pagenaud and Ricardo Gonzalez will rejoin the Scott Tucker-owned team for Sunday’s two-hour and 45-minute race, with the IndyCar standout taking Briscoe’s seat in the No. 551 car and the newly crowned Le Mans LMP2 class winner joining ALMS P2 points leader Marino Franchitti in the No. 552 machine.
It’s set to be a busy weekend in Road America for a number of sports car drivers, as GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series races together for the first, and only time.
A total of eight drivers will be pulling double duty between Saturday’s VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race and the Orion Energy Systems 245 ALMS round on Sunday, including three who will also add Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race to the mix.
Triple Duty drivers are John Edwards, Bill Auberlen and Spencer Pumpelly, all of whom will be racking up plenty of miles around the 4-mile, 14-turn circuit in three different types of machinery.