Sebring race winners looking for another strong run

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MONTEREY, Calif. - The Heart of Racing team drivers Mario Farnbacher and Ian James will start the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Grand Prix powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the fourth row tomorrow afternoon.

The Heart of racing team has been working feverishly on the set-up of the No. 23 Porsche. Throughout practice the team has been trying to dial-out understeer in the car that is hampering fast lap times. Ian James (Phoenix, Ariz.) had the wheel of the No. 23 blue Porsche in qualifying. He was able to post a time of 1:28.885 that will have him and teammate Mario Farnbacher (Ansbach, Germany) starting on the outside of the fourth row in GTD.

"We had a pretty rough practice yesterday," James said. "We have been working on the set-up quite a lot. We tried an adjustment for qualifying, that wasn't the way to go. I ended up a second slower than in practice. At least we know not to use that set-up now. The team always seems to give us a good car for the race. We will get together and make an adjustment for qualifying and be ready tomorrow."

Farnbacher is working with the team on the handling issues.

"We are having trouble getting the car to turn into the corners," he said. "We are struggling with the grip. Ian said that the car was too loose at the entry to the corner. Overall we need to get the front settled down and that will be an improvement. We will sit down tonight and have a plan for the warm-up tomorrow and get to ready to race."

Team owner Alex Job has his team working.

"Ian and Mario are working hard with the team to get the car happy around this tough track," Job said. "We took a shot at a different handling package for qualifying and I think we missed it. Ian couldn't better his practice time and was uncomfortably a good bit slower. We have a little homework to do tonight for the warm-up, but we will figure it out."

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Grand Prix powered by Mazda will be televised on Fox Sports 1, Sunday, May 3, starting at 4 p.m. ET.

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