LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 24, 2015) - The Heart of Racing drivers Ian James (Phoenix) and Mario Farnbacher (Germany) will start from the second row in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD class for Saturday's Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.
Earlier in the day, the Heart of Racing crew lost a bit of practice time due to an engine misfire. Just before qualifying, with the misfire fixed, the crew dialed in a car set-up that was good enough to put the No. 23 Heart of Racing Porsche 911 near the top of the GTD grid. James turned a 54.532-second qualifying lap over the nine-turn, 1.5-mile undulating course that will have them start fourth tomorrow.
"In the first and second practice, we had a bit of a misfire," James said. "We lost a lot of track time. We had to just get a set-up on the car that was sort of 'there.' But, it's not really 'there.' So P4 is OK. There is still a bit of work to do before the race. The car goes off fast. We'll work from there. We'll use some good strategy and we'll be at the front in the end, I'm sure."
Farnbacher is running his first race at Lime Rock.
"Ian did a great job in qualifying," Farnbacher said. "P4 is a really good position to start the race - second row. It's [Lime Rock] is a tricky track. It's short. I think our starting position is pretty good because it's difficult to overtake here. We'll have to stay out of trouble early and we'll be there at the end."
Team owner, Alex Job, had the team battling the track and the car today.
"We had to diagnose and fix the misfire in the engine," Job said. "The guys did a good job finding the issue and we had the car on full song for qualifying. Ian did a good job to put us up on the second row that will make things a little easier for the first few laps tomorrow."
The TUDOR Championship Northeast Grand Prix will be broadcast live on IMSA.com at 3 p.m. (ET) July 25. The television broadcast will air on Fox Sports 1 starting at 5 p.m. on July 26.
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The TUDOR Championship Northeast Grand Prix from Lime Rock Park will be broadcast live on IMSA.com July 25 starting at 3 p.m. The television broadcast will air on Fox Sports 1 starting at 5 p.m. on July 26.