Jordan Taylor Fastest in Second Road America Practice

by James Broomhead
Daytona Prototypes dominated the top of the session's times (Courtesy of IMSA)

Chevrolet Corvette DP occupied the top three places on the timesheets for the second practice session for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The trio were led by Konica Minolta sponsored Wayne Taylor Racing #10 which Jordan Taylor took around the four mile Road America circuit in 1:57.118 as they and the rest of the TUDOR Championship field prepare for the two hour, 45 minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase event at the track.

Championship leaders Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa were second fastest for Action Express Racing with Spirit of Daytona Racing completing the top three. The Ford-Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates was fourth fastest with the pair of Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD fifth and sixth, all within a second of Taylor’s time.

The Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley that led the opening practice session was only ninth fastest.

Meanwhile, having led the class in Friday’s session Jack Hawksworth was once more the best of the drivers in the Prototype Challenge category aboard the #08 RSR Racing entry. Luis Diaz was second fastest for 8Star Motorsports, though his best time was more than sixth tenths slower than the 1:59.876 put up by Hawksworth.

Giancarlo Fisichella – on another of the North American tracks he is visiting for the first time – paced a the tightly bunched GT Le Mans class with eight of the ten cars in the class lapping within a second of the Italian’s time in the Risi Competizione Ferrari.

The chasing pack were led by class leaders in the #3 Corvette Racing entry, Antonio Garcia setting the better lap of he and co-driver Jan Magnussen. The pair of SRT Motorsports Dodge Viper were third and fourth fastest, as only the #4 Corvette and Team Falken Tire’s Porsche ended the session with best times outside of the one second bracket opened by Fischella’s 2:05.549.

In the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS Spencer Pumpelly was the best of the GT Daytona class, his 2:10.427 leading a top ten in class that featured seven Porsche teams headed by the Park Place Motorsports and Magnus Racing squads in second and third on the value of laps by Kevin Estre and Andy Lally respectively.

Turner Motorsports’ BMW was fourth fastest, the GB Autosport #81 Porsche completing the top five. The Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper – eighth best in class – was the only other non-Porsche in the class top ten.

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