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Perspective: A Viewers Guide to Formula 1 Racing


Photos: Jennifer Stamps

So, you’re a fan of motorsports. You know all the ins and outs of many of the racing series. You know the drivers, you know the tracks, and you know the sport like the back of your hand. You know more about IndyCar than the average fan. You even know a little about the American Le Mans Series and learning GRAND-AM in the meantime. You’ve heard about Formula 1 and they’re ‘styled by technology’ cars. You’ve probably also heard about all the formalities, politics, and bureaucratic nonsense that is sometimes associated with F1. If you can get past that nonsense, you’ve got some of the best racing on the planet.

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Qualifying Report: Grand-Am at Circuit of the Americas

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

With just seconds remaining in the Grand-Am Rolex Series DP qualifying session on Friday at Circuit of the Americas, Jon Fogarty put the #99 “Red Dragon” GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette on the pole for Saturday’s inaugural race with a lap time of 2:00.179.

Fogarty worked his way through the field during the qualifying session and moved from seventh to second place by the forth lap of the qualifying session. It wasn’t until the seventh and final lap, however, that Fogarty stripped the provisional pole time of 2:00.5 from Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP.  Memo Rojas, driving the Chip Ganassi Racing Telmex BMW Riley DP, will start in the third position for Saturday’s race.

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

In Rolex GT, the top times were dominated by Ferrari teams with Alessandro Balzan taking pole position in the #63 Motorola Mobility Ferrari 458 with a lap time of 2:08.846.  Starting alongside Balzan on the front row is the #61 Ferrari of Ontario  458 driven by Max Papis and teammate Jeff Segal.  Papis drove the #61 Ferrari 458 to a lap time of 2:09.205.  Shockingly, no other GT teams on the grid broke the 2:10 mark.  The #59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3, #57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT-R and #31 Marsh Racing Corvette round out the top five in GT for Saturday’s race.

In the GX class, only three cars have entered with Dr. Jim Norman putting his #38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman on the pole.

The green flag drops for Saturday’s inaugural GRAND-AM of The Americas at 3pm central time with TV coverage beginning on SPEED at 4:30pm central.