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Felipe Nasr Fastest in WeatherTech Final Practice at Michelin Raceway

Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr was once again quickest overall in the final WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice of the 2019 season Friday (Oct. 11).  Nasr’s lap at 133.647 mph is the quickest lap of the weekend to this point.

Nasr’s lap was six-tenths of a second faster than Acura Team Penske’s Ricky TaylorFilipe Albuquerque was third quickest in the second Action Express Cadillac.  Wayne Taylor Racing’s Renger van der Zande made it three Cadillacs in the top four, while Mazda Team Joest’s Timo Bernhard was fifth.  LMP2 saw Gabriel Aubry sweep the practice sessions for the weekend.  His lap at 128.411 mph was two-tenths of a second faster than Kyle Masson.

Given how the weekend has gone to this point, it wouldn’t be a practice session without a red flag.  The one stoppage in the final practice came when Misha Goikhberg spun and got his Cadillac DPi-V.R. stuck in the gravel in the chicane.  The car was not damaged, but it is the third spin of the weekend for the No. 85.

GT Le Mans saw Risi Competizione’s James Calado go fastest with a lap at 120.702 mph, the best GTLM lap of the weekend.  Calado’s lap was nearly a half-second faster than BMW Team RLL’s Philipp Eng.  Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA’s Richard Westbrook was third quickest, followed by Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia.  Garcia turned that lap despite spinning in turn 10 through the gravel trap.  Colton Herta was fifth in the second BMW.

GT Daytona was once again topped by Turner Motorsport, but this time, it was Robby Foley who was fastest.  Foley’s lap at 115.073 mph was six-hundredths of a second faster than Scuderia Corsa’s Toni Vilander.  Montaplast by Land-Motorsport’s Ricardo Feller was third fastest in the Audi, while Riley Motorsports’ Jeroen Bleekemolen was fourth.  Magnus Racing’s Andy Lally was fifth.


Qualifying for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon.  The session will be streamed live on IMSA.com and FansChoice.tv.  Tape delayed coverage of the session will air on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. after Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series happy hour from Talladega Superspeedway.

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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor.

Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as the Super DIRTcar Series.

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