Max Angelelli Sets Fastest Time In Final Session At Daytona GRAND-AM wrapped up its 2012 season Wednesday with the final day of open testing for the Rolex Sports Car Series at Daytona International Speedway. Max Angelelli gave his team a pat on the back by turning the test’s fastest lap in the closing minutes of the session.
“This was good for the guys,” Angelelli said after running an unofficial lap of 1:41.118 (126.743 mph) in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP he shares with new co-driver Jordan Taylor. “This is also good for our partners and sponsors. Now we want to maintain this pace, this status. We do not want other people going faster.”
Other teams played cat and mouse throughout a day that began with morning showers before the track dried completely in mid-afternoon. Alex Gurney was second fastest in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP co-driven by Jon Fogarty, Memo Gidley and Darren Law, 1:41.963 (125.693 mph).
Tuesday’s fastest team, Action Express Racing, led much of the day on Wednesday as Christian Fittipaldi ran a lap of 1:42.092 (125.534 mph) in the No. 9 Corvette DP co-driven by Joao Barbosa and brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle. Action Express topped the charts in four of the six sessions over the two days, but the team was confident it would go faster in GRAND-AM’s next official test, Daytona’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 4-6.
“Our pace is confidence inspiring,” Burt Frisselle said. “But what we learned last year is that no one puts their card on the table until qualifying for the Rolex 24 – and no one shows their whole hand until the actual race. So we don’t know how we really stand in relation to the other teams. We’re just working to make our package the best we can for the race.”
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Brumos Racing led the GT class as Andrew Davis ran a lap of 1:49.943 (116.569 mph) in the No. 59 Porsche GT3 co-driven by Leh Keen. He was followed by Frank Biela in the No. 52 Audi of America Audi R8, 1:49.943 (116.532 mph) and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No. 23 WeatherTech Porsche GT3, 1:50.063 (116.422 mph).
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