JaguarRSR CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH XKR GT IN LONG BEACH
LONG BEACH, California (April 16, 2010) - JaguarRSR is off to a good start in Long Beach preparing for tomorrow's second race of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón season, the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.It was a very early morning for the crew and drivers and it has been a long day overall with a seven hour and 45 minute wait from the checkered flag of the first practice session to the green flag of the next, all before qualifying at 5:40 p.m. PT. The wait was worth it, giving the team valuable time to make adjustments, sort out any issues, and be confident in the car they had prepared for qualifying.
"We used our time wisely trying to work on the setup," said Paul Gentilozzi, JaguarRSR Principal Partner and co-driver of the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT. "With ample time behind the wheel we have been able to gather some constructive information that has shown positive improvements in the car here at Long Beach, which is always a welcome sign."
While Gentilozzi had seat time during this morning's practice, it was Dalziel who ran in the afternoon practice session and qualified the #75 Jaguar XKR GT. After six laps around the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit of Long Beach, Dalziel had posted a time of 1:24.707 and sat ninth in the GT class. The Scot would continue to push hard, improving his time to post a 1:22.985 (85.374 mph) to close out the 20-minute qualifying session.
"It really was a good day for JaguarRSR," Dalziel commented after his qualifying effort. "I think it has been our most productive day since I got involved. We definitely narrowed the gap in the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT. I am looking forward to making some more improvements from our feedback today and going out there tomorrow to have a good race."
The #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT will start 25th on the provisional grid, 12th in class. Taking the green flag behind the wheel will be Gentilozzi; Dalziel will then pilot the big cat to the checkered in the 100 minute event.
The green flag will fall at 4:40 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 17 with live coverage on SPEED starting at 8 p.m. ET. Live coverage also will be available on American Le Mans Radio, as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 245. Live Timing and Scoring, starting line-up and more is available on Racehub at americanlemans.com. International TV coverage: watch highlights of the Long Beach GP on Motors TV (Sky Channel 413, Virgin Media 545) on Sunday 25 April at 6pm (BST).
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