Saturday, September 17, 2011

Gurney & Fogarty Lead Gainsco Team to Mid Ohio Rolex Pole

Alex Gurney & Jon Fogarty will lead the Rolex Series Field today from P1
The final warmup session for today's Rolex Series Race is now complete and the 31 car field is making final preparations for this afternoon's 2 hour 45 minute season ending race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. Teams went at it with a vengeance yesterday in qualifying and the intensity you'd like to see in a final race is certainly there. The 23 prototype of Mark Blundell had a spin in the keyhole yesterday while the GT Porsche of Brumos Racing with Lee Keen had to thrash to make today's warmup after turning zero laps in qualifying when an undisclosed problem kept them off the track. It is cool and overcast here today but the forecast has warmer temperatures and sunshine for later today.

Before the Rolex Series race, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will race and boasts a field of 71 cars in the GS and ST classes. That should be a sight to behold when the green flag drops and I am anxious to see how they get through the distance without a plethora of caution laps. The beauty of a race weekend at Mid Ohio will unfold in its glory today as cars hit the track at 8:00 a.m. and track action won't conclude until close to 6 p.m. this evening after the main Rolex Series event. Until later, here's a few pix from this morning's warmup and a slideshow from DP and GT qualifying yesterday.

Brumos Racing has its work cut out for them today at Mid Ohio starting at the rear of the field
Actor Patrick Dempsey will compete in GT

Scott Pruett had his game face on before final warmup

Suntrust ace Ricky Taylor gets ready for final warmup session

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