Friday, April 21, 2006

Marco Di Leo in the middle of America’s ”other” corkscrew — Turns 14 and 15 at VIR — during second practice.

ALTON, Va. – With the predicted heavy rains still missing the track, the second SBN practice session showed a new leader, but overall the track was slower and the lap times reflected that. Marco Di Leo was more than a second slower than he had been in the morning, but his 2:10.428 was still the quickest in the last practice session before qualifying for race one. Chris Wehrheim showed his earlier time – fastest with a 2:09.111 – was not a flash in the pan. Turns out Wehrheim’s had a bunch of seat time in Grand-Am Cup cars here at VIR and it is serving him well. If it rains during qualifying this afternoon, he just might spank the field and sit on pole by a wide margin, predicts Di Leo. And if it’s wet for tomorrow’s race…

Friday Practice II, Skip Barber National Presented by RACER, Virginia International Raceway, as part of VIR 400 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car race weekend:

1. Marco Di Leo, Markham, Ont., Canada, 2:10.428 / 90.257 mph
2. Chris Wehrheim, Norcross, Ga., 2:10.640 / 90.110
3. Alex Doman, Conifer, Colo., 2:10.725
4. Ricky Taylor, Altamont Springs, Fla., 2:10.779
5. Justin Moon, Shingle Springs, Calif., 2:10.797
6. Mario Adrian Ochoa, Mexico, 2:11.040
7. Andy Rossetto Grafton, Wis., 2:11.109
8. Cory Turner, Bakersfield, Calif., 2:11.225
9. Enzo Pastor, Philippines, 2:11.469
10. A.J. Riley, Wilton, Conn., 2:11.510
11. Kyle Wiegand, Bargersville, Ind., 2:11.767
12. Richard Heistand, Orlando Fla., 2:11.770
13. Alexander Rossi, Nevada City, Calif., 2:11.828
14. Kyle Lawrence, Ft. Gratiot, Mich., 2:11.945
15. Duncan Ende, Los Angeles, Calif., 2:12.066
16. Jonathan Goring, Norfolk, Conn., 2:12.234
17. Chris Castagna, South Boston, Mass., 2:12.418
18. Jonathan Gore, Franklin, Tenn., 2:12.823
19. Jason Fennessey, Andover, Mass., 2:12.870

Chris Wehrheim knows the track….

Alex Doman (#58) went from eighth-quick this morning to P3 this afternoon.

For the only time this year, Ricky Taylor and his dad Wayne are racing during the same race weekend.

Rick Roso

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