Patrick Lindsey ensured that Park Place Motorsports will lead the Porsche contingent of the GT class of the Rolex Series for the start of the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.
Lindsey qualified the #73 car he shares with Patrick Long third fastest for the third round of the season, trailing the pole position time set by John Edwards by just under a second.
“It was a good qualifying result for us considering the track conditions,” said Lindsey. “We just had a few dry laps before qualifying to learn all we could. The Park Place guys thrashed to put together a good car for qualifying and I think I got just about all there was in the car out of it. We’re excited about tomorrow. We have good track position for the start. The race is basically an elongated sprint race at two hours so track position will mean a lot. Pat Long is going to be jumping in mid-race with basically zero dry laps. We should be strong for tomorrow.”
The qualifying session was the first time the Rolex Series field had been out on the Alabama track this weekend on a dry track, all the practice running in the build-up to qualifying having been conducted on a wet track. Adding to the unknowns faced by the teams in the session is the fact that this is the series’ first race at Barber since the track was resurfaced, with lap times falling correspondingly. Both Edwards and Boris Said (second fastest in qualifying) were under the previous class record in qualifying.
John Potter looked on course to complete an all-Porsche second row for the start of tomorrow’s race in the #44 Magnus Racing entry but was pushed down to sixth fastest late in the session.
Muehlner Motorsports’ #18 will start from tenth with the Mike Vess and Mike Skeen driven #72 Park Place car one place further back down the qualifying order.
Andrew Davis failed to record a lap time in qualifying for Brumos Racing, sliding into the gravel trap at turn six on his first flying lap.