Brendon Hartley, Bill Auberlen and Joel Miller led their respective classes in Saturday’s final Rolex Series practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Ozz Negri and Michael Shank Racing set the pace in opening Rolex Series practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Negri ran a lap of 1:23.026 in the No. 60 Aero Ford/Riley to lead the session with Alex Gurney second in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP, 1:23.050. Scott Pruett was third with a lap of 1:23.135, but the No. 01 Telcel/Telmex BMW/Riley pit with an engine issue later in the session and the team is working on an engine change.
Bill Auberlen and Turner Motorsport seem to have things figured this weekend at Mazda Raceway. After setting the fastest time in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge practice earlier in the morning, Auberlen was again fastest in GT with a lap of 1:28.078 in the team’s No. 94 BMW M3. Three manufacturers made up the top three spots in GT with Jeff Segal second in the No. 61 Ferrari of Ontario/RemoFerriGroup.com Ferrari 458, 1:28.417, and Eric Curran third in Marsh Racing’s No. 31 Corvette, 1:28.613.
The closest championship battle in the 11-year history of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series visits Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., for Sunday’s Continental Tire Festival of Speed powered by Mazda. With two races remaining, the top 10 competitors for the Daytona Prototype championship are separated by only five points.
For only the second time in the storied history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an IndyCar will hit the infield road course as part of an open test.
The infield road course has played host to Moto GP, Formula One, Indy Lights and NASCAR Grand-Am events, but never an IndyCar Series race.
On Wednesday, Ryan Briscoe and Graham Rahal are scheduled to run multiple configurations of the infield road course to “gather information about the current course layouts” as the speedway looks at a nearly $100 million upgrade to the facility with the possibility of future races in mind.
“As we look to the future of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the goal is to make changes to the road course that provide the most flexibility for its potential use and create a layout that is entertaining for our fans and enjoyable for our drivers – whether it is for INDYCAR testing or racing, sports cars, MotoGP or other uses,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.
Defending World Champions Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer combined for a best four-lap average of 1:21.303 in the 25-minute prototype qualifying session, which saw a red flag for a balloon that fell onto the circuit.
While action resumed with just over three minutes to go, it did not affect the results, which will see the No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Fassler, Treluyer and Andre Lotterer start from the top spot tomorrow.