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Neel Jani puts Rebellion on Long Beach pole

ALMS
Friday, April 19, 2013

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Neel Jani
Neel Jani’s return to the Long Beach street circuit is off to a good start. In his first race at the circuit since 2007, Jani won pole position for the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach with a lap of 1:12.600 (97.587 mph) in Rebellion Racing’s No. 12 Lola-Toyota coupe.

Saturday’s second round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Jani previously raced at Long Beach in the 2007 Champ Car event, but didn’t believe that earlier experience provided much benefit. He was 0.682 seconds better Friday than Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda. Lucas Luhr qualified third for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing with a 114.004 (95.735 mph) in the No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a.

“It didn’t help having driven here before in Champ Car. Visibility is a lot better in a single-seater than our closed car,” Jani said. “With our big wheel arches we have to guess where the walls are. So there are a lot of tricky factors for us on a street course.”

Jani and Nick Heidfeld enter the weekend with the lead in the P1 championship following the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. The team has not competed on a street circuit like Long Beach before this weekend.

“We didn’t expect it to be such a big gap (from first to second place),” Jani said. “This is the first time we are bringing this car to a street course, and the car is developed for Le Mans. We had no idea how to do the setup.”

P2
Ryan Briscoe won his second straight pole position at Long Beach – he was the fastest qualifier in last year’s IndyCar race – but first in the ALMS. He turned a lap of 1:16.014 (93.204 mph) in Level 5 Motorsports’ No. 551 HPD ARX-03b that he shares with team owner Scott Tucker.

It was the second straight pole for Briscoe in the ALMS, who was the P2 class’ fastest qualifier at Sebring. Extreme Speed Motorsports’ Scott Sharp was second at 1:17.390 (91.547 mph) in the No. 01 HPD ARX-03b with Johannes van Overbeek third with a 1:17.432 (91.497 mph) in the No. 02 ESM entry.

“Track position is key for sure,” Briscoe said. “Speeds are so close with all the GT cars and the PC cars. We’ll be fighting all day with cars that won’t even be in our class. So tomorrow will be about who can deal with the traffic best, not get in trouble, no penalties, and not putting damage to the car. It’s a fine line, but that’s what we get paid to do.”

Friday was the first time the current version of the HPD P2 prototype has gotten significant practice time in dry conditions at Long Beach. Briscoe said the car setup was a bit of a guessing game, and Level 5 guessed right.

“We didn’t have any data to go by from last year because all practice and qualifying was rained out,” he said. “We’re kind of blindfolded going in. The team did a good job.”

GT
Dominik Farnbacher gave Viper its first ALMS pole in 13 seasons as SRT Motorsports garnered its first fast qualifier honor. The young German set a record lap of 1:18.845 (89.857 mph) in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R that he will drive with Marc Goossens.

The factory SRT Vipers made their ALMS debut in July of 2012, a dozen years since the Viper’s last pole position at Adelaide to close the 2000 season as a factory Dodge effort.

“One year ago the car didn’t exist. So it was still in the minds of the CEOs,” Farnbacher said. “Last year we tried to get the baseline set, and be reliable. In Sebring it was the first time we drove really hard. It showed the car was there.

“The car will be really strong tomorrow. The fans can count on a strong viper. It will come down to strategy at half time with the pit stop. Then we’ll see how we can get a good run out of the pit.”

Farnbacher was the fastest driver for most of the qualifying session. He finished 0.122 seconds ahead of Bryan Sellers in the No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from Team Falken Tire. Jonathan Bomarito was third quickest in the No. 93 SRT Viper at 1:18.984 (89.699 mph).

“It means a lot to get this pole for Viper and SRT,” Farnbacher said. “I’m trying to sort it in my head still. It means a lot to all of us. It’s great getting out of the car and seeing everyone in the pits smiling at you. It’s one of the things you dream about when you’re a little kid.”

PC
In Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire, Bruno Junqueira won his first Long Beach pole in six years for RSR Racing. His best lap was a 1:16.167 (93.017 mph) in the No. 9 ORECA FLM09 that he drives with Duncan Ende. Junqueira, the 2004 Champ Car pole-winner at the circuit, set a class record and was 0.055 seconds faster than CORE autosport’s Colin Braun.

“When I was getting out of the car I saw Colin was one tenth behind me,” Junqueira said. “I was very worried because on Colin’s last lap at Sebring he took the pole from me. He is driving good, and their car is good. There is such good competition in our class and it will be very exciting for the fans. The race will be flat out and we will be pushing hard.”

Junqueira was fastest in class during the morning session as well. Long Beach historically has been good to him; he has a runner-up and two third-place finishes in Champ Car to his credit. Luis Diaz qualified third at 1:16.630 (92.455 mph) for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports.

“It’s very nice. I love Long Beach,” Junqueira said. “The crowd is so knowledgeable with the race being here for 39 years. I’ve had fans here with my hero card from 2001 when I first drove IndyCars so the people really know about racing.”

GTC
GT Challenge qualifying and Jeroen Bleekemolen didn’t disappoint. Alex Job Racing’s Porsche ace won the GTC pole with a 1:22.850 (85.514 mph) on his last lap in the No. 23 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Bleekemolen, driving with Cooper MacNeil, was 0.121 seconds faster than NGT Motorsport’s Sean Edwards.

Bleekemolen started his final lap with 15 seconds left in the session. He was 0.253 seconds behind Edwards on his last attempt.

“I couldn’t get it together in the beginning,” Bleekemolen said. “I made a few mistakes and some big slides. I cooled things down and knew I’d have just enough time to do another cool-down lap and then go for it. That last lap was good. I didn’t make a mistake and was really close to the wall everywhere.”

Spencer Pumpelly was third for Flying Lizard Motorsports with a 1:23.014 (85.345 mph) in the No. 45 Porsche. The three fastest cars all were under the previous class record, and the top six cars in class were within 0.895 seconds.

The Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the second round of the 10-race ALMS championship. ABC’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 21 with live coverage is available on ESPN3 starting at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 20.

Lineup

COP CCP CLASS CAR DRIVER CAR TYPE Behind Gap
1 1 P1 12 Heidfeld/Jani Lola B12/60 - - -
2 2 P1 16 Dyson/Smith Lola B12/60 0.68s 0.68s
3 3 P1 6 Graf/Luhr HPD ARX-03a 1.40s 0.72s
4 1 P2 551 Tucker/Briscoe HPD ARX-03b 3.41s 2.01s
5 1 PC 9 Junqueira/Ende ORECA FLM09 3.57s 0.15s
6 2 PC 05 Bennett/Braun ORECA FLM09 3.62s 0.06s
7 3 PC 52 Guasch/Diaz ORECA FLM09 4.03s 0.41s
8 4 PC 8 Marcelli/Cumming ORECA FLM09 4.05s 0.02s
9 5 PC 18 Nunez/Shears ORECA FLM09 4.23s 0.18s
10 6 PC 7 Drissi/Mitchell ORECA FLM09 4.58s 0.34s
11 2 P2 01 Sharp/Cosmo HPD ARX-03b 4.79s 0.21s
12 3 P2 02 Brown/van Overbook HPD ARX-03b 4.83s 0.04s
13 1 GT 91 Farnbacher/Goossens SRT Viper GTS-R 6.25s 1.41s
14 2 GT 17 Henzler/Sellers Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 6.37s 0.12s
15 3 GT 93 Bomarito/Wittmer SRT Viper GTS-R 6.38s 0.02s
16 4 GT 3 Magnussen/Garcia Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 6.45s 0.06s
17 5 GT 55 Auberlen/Martin BMW Z4 GTE 6.46s 0.02s
18 6 GT 4 Gavin/Milner Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 6.48s 0.02s
19 7 GT 62 Beretta/Malucelli Ferrari F458 Italia 6.58s 0.10s
20 8 GT 56 D. Muller/Hand BMW Z4 GTE 6.66s 0.07s
21 9 GT 23 Sweedler/Bell Ferrari F458 Italia 6.93s 0.28s
22 4 P2 552 Tucker/Franchitti HPD ARX-03b 7.11s 0.18s
23 1 GTC 22 MacNeil/Bleekemolen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10.25s 3.14s
24 2 GTC 30 Cisneros/Edwards Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10.37s 0.12s
25 3 GTC 45 Canache Jr./Pumpelly Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10.41s 0.04s
26 4 GTC 66 Keating/Faulkner Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 10.76s 0.34s
27 5 GTC 11 Hedlund/Heylen Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 11.10s 0.35s
28 6 GTC 68 Curtis/Stanton Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 11.15s 0.04s
29 7 GTC 44 Wong/von Moltke/Pumpelly Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 11.64s 0.49s
30 8 GTC 10 Avenatti/Faieta Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 11.98s 0.34s
31 9 GTC 27 Dempsey/Foster Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 12.49s 0.51s
32 10 GT 48 Miller/Holzer Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 14.89s 2.40s

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