WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2002) --
first racing cars to take to the new 1.661-mile, seven turn temporary
circuit today were the SPEED World Challenge GT's, and the first of those
hit the track were the pair of Champion Audi S4 Competitions of Derek Bell
series defending champion Michael Galati.
Bell and Galati led the 22-car GT field out for the first-ever laps turned
anger on the D.C. course, which was created from an abandoned parking lot
to Washinton's RFK Stadium. Derek Bell had the honor of taking the first
for Audi at what has turned out to be a very fine facility.
Bell was fastest in the morning's twenty-minute practice for Speed GT's,
by Galati. But by later in the afternoon track conditions had changed
with extremely hot conditions, and the Champion S4's were only able to set
(Galati) and ninth (Bell) fastest times from the day's two practices.
Ice Qualifying for Saturday evening's race is set for 11:15 a.m. The green
come on for the standing start of Round Six at 5:25 p.m. (EDT).
Combined Best Times from Friday Practices:
1 (22), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Porsche 911 Cup, 1:19.775,
2 (73), Phil McClure, Floris, Iowa, Corvette ZO6, 1:20.254, 74.508
3 (81), Johannes van Overbeek, Danville, Calif., Porsche 911 Cup,
4 (42), Peter Cunningham, W. Bend, Wis., Acura NSX SC, 1:20.693, 74.103
5 (25), Jeff McMillin, Erie, Pa., BMW M3, 1:21.026, 73.798
7 (1), Michael Galati, N. Olmstead, Ohio, Audi S4 Comp., 1:21.621,
9 (2), Derek Bell, Pagham, England, Audi S4 Comp., 1:21.737, 73.156