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2002 Rolex 24hrs - Practice & Qualifying

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  Day Two  

Testing continued on Friday at Daytona with three sessions, as on Thursday, although the weather today was far colder all day. With suspension issues largely resolved to the team engineers' satisfaction, attention turned to getting the full driver squad some seat time, and testing various minor bodywork tweaks. Andy Wallace, who had done all the driving on Day One, warmed up the Champion Porsche-Lola at the beginning of the first session, and then turned the seat over to five-time Daytona-winner, Hurley Haywood. This was mostly a refresher for Haywood, who drove this car at last year's Rolex 24 and also at the Daytona Finale.

Next up was Porsche factory pilot Lucas Luhr, who was doing his first-ever laps in a prototype race car. He started out slowly, learning the car and track, but was quickly up to speed in the morning session. Wallace was back in the
seat for the start of the afternoon session, where bodywork modifications to the Champion Lola B2k/10 were tested. Maassen and Luhr also shared the two afternoon sessions under clear skies and very cool temperatures.

Testing continues on Saturday, with two sessions to complete the 2002 Daytona Tests. Then it's back to the shop to incorporate modifications verified during the tests, including a full tear-down/rebuild of the Porsche-Lola prior to the
Rolex 24.

Overall Best Times from Friday Testing:

1 - #27 Judd Dallara Doran Lista Racing 01:40.818 - 127.120mph

2 - #36 Elan R&S Jim Matthews Racing 01:42.380 - 125.181mph

3 - #16 Ford R&S Dyson Racing Team 01:42.484 - 125.054mph

4 - #37 Judd Lola Intersport Racing 01:42.775 - 124.700mph

5 - #38 Porsche Lola Champion Racing 01:43.066 - 124.348mph

Hurley Haywood at the East Horseshoe Andy on the high banks, testing bodywork changes Sascha Maassen in the driver's seat, after being stranded in the Atlanta snowstorm
Meeting of the Porsche minds...Brad Kettler - Alwin Springer - Norbert Singer Wallace, Luhr and Haywood discuss the Friday afternoon session Lucas Luhr gets his first taste of the Porsche-Lola
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