Brumos Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at maximum speed at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Ga. A storm front moving through the Braselton, Ga. area this afternoon washed out qualifying for Saturday's the Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta. As a result, the grid for the April 20th GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race will be based on Team Championship points rather than lap times of the Road Atlanta facility. By virtue of their team point lead, Magnus Racing will start from the pole position. Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars will also start fifth with Brumos Racing, seventh with Park Place Motorsports, tenth with Muehlner Motorsports America and 12th with a second Park Place Motorsports Porsche.
The two-hour, 45-minute Round Four of the Rolex Sports Car Series is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow. SPEED will broadcast the race live beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET. Radio coverage is available on the Motor Racing Network of affiliated radio stations and www.MotorRacingNetwork.com.
Magnus Racing has held the point lead since the second race of the season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The team will use that advantage to start from the front of the 12-car GT grid. Team owner/driver John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah) will take the green flag before turning the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car over to teammate and area-resident Andy Lally of Dacula, Ga. This marks Potter's second pole position as a driver, the team's third.
"Of course today's pole position is slightly different than ones we've earned before, but we'll still take it," said Potter. "It's still going to be a nice advantage for us tomorrow. It's all credit to the team that our point lead got us here, so we're still happy. We have a great car for tomorrow, it should be a great race."
Brumos Racing, who is making its last scheduled appearance of 2013 this weekend, will start fifth in GT class. The team has participated in every GRAND-AM Rolex race since the Series was founded in 2000. Drivers Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.) and Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) won the 2011 GT class championship for Brumos Racing and the team has won in both Daytona Prototypes (DP) as well as GT.
"I am absolutely thrilled with the performance of the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche this morning," offered Davis. "We were able to get the car back up to where we believe we belong, in P1. Both Leh and I are really happy with the car. What a thrill to drive the famous No. 59 here at Road Atlanta. This is home for me and the weekend reminded me of being a small child here watching Hurley [Haywood] driving laps in that Brumos 911. That really evoked a lot of emotion when I went out for the first time. With the rain we will not start where I really wanted to qualify. I think we had a legitimate shot at the pole but, at the same time, I am not really worried. Our car is very good."
Starting seventh will be the first of two Park Place Motorsports entries. The No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is driven by Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Belleair, Fla.) and Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Tenth on the grid will be the No. 18 Muelhner Motorsports America Porsche. Aaron Povoledo (Toronto) and Josh Hurley (Gainesville, Fla.) will make their debut in the car but, by virtue of team results over the first three races, get the nod for the top-10 start. The second Park Place Motorsports Porsche, the No. 71 driven by Jason Hart (Flower Mound, Texas) and John McCutchen (Dallas) will start 12th. The No. 71 did not start the most recent race at Barber Motorsports Park and therefore is further down in points than the other cars entered.
As a part of the consolidation of professional sports car racing in the United States, this is GRAND-AM's first visit to the 2.54-mile, 12-turn track on the outskirts of Atlanta. Experience at the track, which has been a constant on the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) schedule, proved vital as teams practiced earlier today. Porsche teams held the top-three spots in the only dry practice session of the day. Brumos Racing was quickest with a time of one-minute, 23.642-seconds. Following closely behind was the No. 44 Magnus car with Lally lapping at 1:23.727. Long was behind the wheel of the No. 73 Park Place Porsche when it set the third-quickest time with a lap of 1:23.733.
Qualifying Results - GT class - Grid Set by Team Points
1. No. 44 Magnus Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, No Time
2. No. 63 Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari 458, No Time
3. No. 69 AIM Autosport, Ferrari 458, No Time
4. No. 94 Turner Motorsports, BMW M3, No Time
5. No. 59 Brumos Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, No Time
7. No. 73 Park Place Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, No Time
10. No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, No Time
12. No. 71 Park Place Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, No Time
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