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1 Tony Kanaan 36
1 Kyle Larson 36
1 Jamie McMurray 36
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13 Tracy Krohn 19
13 Olivier Pla 19
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14 Johannes van Overbeek 18
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15 Katherine Legge 17
15 Andy Meyrick 17
15 Memo Rojas 17
16 Max Angelelli 16
16 Jordan Taylor 16 Ricky Taylor 16
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7 #66 RG Racing 25
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10 #1 Tequila Patrn ESM 22
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12 #70 SpeedSource 20
13 #57 Krohn Racing 19
14 #2 Tequila Patron ESM 18
15 #0 DeltaWing Racing 17
16 #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 16

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1 Ford 35
2 Chevrolet 32
3 Honda 30
4 BMW 28
5 Mazda 26
Pagenaud fastest in Friday's Utah practice

ALMS
Friday, May 15, 2009

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Simon Pagenaud
At the very venue he made his American Le Mans Series debut a year ago, Simon Pagenaud turned in the fastest time in Friday's test for this weekend's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park. Pagenaud posted the five fastest times in the de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a during the two-hour session.

Pagenaud's best time was a 1:31.687 (119.677 mph), good enough to best Patr¢n Highcroft Racing's David Brabham and his Acura LMP1 entry by an impressive 1.157 seconds (1:32.844 and 118.185 mph). But in addition to Pagenaud's five quickest laps, teammate and team owner Gil de Ferran had the next two fastest circuits. In the team's debut here last year, the pairing placed third overall and in LMP2 with Pagenaud posting the race's fastest lap.

The young Frenchman is having a tremendous week, having won the Spa 1,000-kilometer race five days ago in a factory Peugeot diesel. His first race in the LMP1 coupe also saw him qualify on pole position and turn the fastest race lap.

“The first few laps today I was struggling a little bit," Pagenaud admitted. "I had to get used to repositioning in the cockpit and a different perspective from the seat. But the Acura is very, very good here. There are a lot of high-speed corners here, and I enjoy these kinds of circuits. I think it will be a very good week for us.”

Both Acura P1 entries have won races this year – Brabham and Scott Sharp at St. Petersburg, and Pagenaud and de Ferran at Long Beach in the most recent round.

Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith was the fastest LMP2 driver and was third overall in the Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 that he is sharing with Chris Dyson. The Englishman nipped Lowe’s Fernandez Racing’s Adrian Fernandez on the final lap of the session, a 1:34.670 (115.906 mph). Fernandez was 0.541 seconds adrift in the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b that he is driving with Luis Diaz. The pairing won the first three rounds of the season and own a hefty lead in the championship.

After the two P2 cars, Intersport Racing’s Jon Field was third in P1 in the Lola B06/10-AER that he will drive with son Clint and Chapman Ducote. The car’s best time was a 1:36.531 (113.671 mph). Autocon Motorsports’ Lola-AER of Bryan Willman and Mike Lewis was next, followed by the brand new hybrid-powered Ginetta-Zytek 09HS from Corsa Motorsports with drivers Johnny Mowlem and Stefan Johansson.

The car stands to be the first hybrid to compete in a major endurance race. Its fastest time was a 1:38.875 (110.976 mph), only a few days after arriving in the US from a shakedown in England last week.

“It’s honestly a steep learning curve,” Mowlem said. “Normally you would do these types of things in private and behind closed doors. Instead we’re doing it in public. But we are making progress.”

“Everything is just so new. We just don’t know, at this point, what to expect,” team owner Steve Pruitt said. “We’re trying to take our time to make sure we do it right rather than run the risk of doing something wrong.”

In GT2, Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Jörg Bergmeister went quickest in the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR that he will share with Patrick Long. Bergmeister’s best lap was a 1:48.215 (101.398 mph) as Porsche held the top two spots. Farnbacher Loles Racing’s Marc Lieb was second in the entry that he will share with Wolf Henzler. In his first race at Miller Motorsports Park, Lieb posted a time of 1:49.025 (100.645 mph).

“It’s fast, a real road course, and pretty smooth,” Bergmeister said. “Lots of fast corners, which are fun. The Lizards had a very successful race here last year - the pole, a win for the No. 45 and a double podium. Hopefully we can repeat that success again this year.”

The two Porsches were ahead of Risi Competizione’s Ferrari F430 GT of Jaime Melo and Pierre Kaffer, who set the team’s fastest lap of 1:49.232 (100.454 mph).

Guy Cosmo was the fastest driver in the new Challenge class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries. Cosmo, a winner in the Series’ P2 class in 2005, turned a lap of 1:56.133 (94.485 mph) in the ORBIT Racing entry that he will drive with John Baker.

“It’s a different mindset (going from prototypes to GT cars),” Cosmo said. “At the end of the day you’re trying to do the best possible program you can. The cars really agree well with the Yokohamas, and we can put lots of miles on them.”

Snow Racing’s Martin and Melanie Snow, winners in the GTS class at the first Series race at Sebring in 1999, were second at 1:57.080 (93.721 mph). They were just ahead of a second ORBIT entry for Ed Brown and Bill Sweedler (1:57.749 and 93.188 mph).

Qualifying is set for 3:20 p.m. MDT on Saturday.

QUOTES

Mike Lewis, Autocon Motorsports
Lola B06/10-AER (LMP1)
“We were here about six weeks ago testing the Lola here for the first time. Everything we seemed to do worked well. We worked on several aspects that I think will carry over well this weekend. The Creation actually worked pretty well here. We tested it here before Le Mans, but the Lola is still a bit quicker with the AER twin-turbo versus the Judd normally aspirated motor. We expected that, though. The turbo is really good and smooth here. It’s a nice progression.”

Martin Snow, Snow Racing
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Challenge)
“It brought back a lot of memories and some things you forget over the years – looking in your rear-view mirror and asking about traffic. These are really good cars and fun to drive. The prototypes have definitely gotten faster since I last drove in GT in the Series and their braking is better. But the Porsches have gotten better and faster too, although the speed differential is still very great.”

Ed Brown, ORBIT Racing
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Challenge)
“It’s a daunting task with the faster GT cars and the prototypes because the closing speeds are so much quicker. We can be a full straight ahead of them and suddenly they’re past us in the next turn. But this is a good opportunity. The more seat time the better. You’re never going to improve if you’re not driving.”

Adrian Fernandez, Lowe’s Fernandez Racing
Acura ARX-01b (LMP2)
“This is a very tricky track. There are a lot of quick and blind corners. We knew the (Dyson entries) would be strong. It was just a matter of time. But we have to keep doing what we have been doing all year.”

Guy Smith, Dyson Racing
Lola B09/86-Mazda MZR-R (LMP2)
“The car is working really well. Chris (Dyson) set some good times early on, and it was really good right off the truck. Race by race we are going growing more confident and comfortable with it, and we’re really starting to push it hard.”

The Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix from Miller Motorsports Park is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. MDT on Sunday, May 17. SPEED will broadcast the race starting at 10 p.m. EDT on the same day, and satellite radio subscribers to can listen to the race starting at 4 p.m. ET on Sirius 126 and XM 242. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing and Scoring will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com. You can also follow the Series on Twitter.

The race also will include the season-long MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com or millermotorsportspark.com.

Friday Fast Times

Pos

Car CL CP Driver Laps Lap Time
1 66 P1 1 de Ferran/Pagenaud 76 1:14.189
2 9 P1 2 Brabham /Sharp 76 1:14.053
3 15 P2 1 Fernandez/Diaz 75 1:15.606
4 16 P2 2 Dyson/Smith 75 1:16.360
5 20 P2 3 Leitzinger/Franchi 74 1:16.228
6 4 GT1 1 Gavin /Beretta 73 1:18.847
7 37 P1 3 Field/Field/Ducote 71 1:15.738
8 45 GT2 1 Bergmeister /Long 71 1:21.727
9 62 GT2 2 Melo /Kaffer 71 1:21.371
10 92 GT2 3 Mueller /Milner 70 1:21.752
11 18 GT2 4 Westbrook /Stuck 70 1:22.559
12 44 GT2 5 Law /Neiman 70 1:22.643
13 21 GT2 6 Farnbacher/James 69 1:22.982
14 11 GT2 7 Feinberg /Hall 68 1:24.086
15 12 P1 4 Lewis /Willman 67 1:19.284
16 90 GT2 8 Auberlen /Hand 67 1:22.544
17 40 GT2 9 Robertson /Murry 67 1:23.562
18 87 GT2 10 Henzler /Werner 67 1:21.877
19 28 GT2 11 Boris Said 64 1:23.234
20 17 GT2 12 Dominic Cicero 43 1:23.255
21 3 GT1 2 Johnny O'Connell 42 1:18.896

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