Turner Motorsport’s Dillon Machavern set the pace in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice Friday (June 24) with a lap at 106.785 mph. That said, the rest of the pack is very close behind.
Practice No. 1
Practice No. 2
In Friday morning’s 60-minute session, Machavern set the best time of the weekend 21 minutes into the session in his final lap in the car. It held up from there. The lap was .063 seconds quicker than McAleer’s teammate Eric Filguerias. Mars set a lap in the closing 10 minutes to the session to get himself up to third, while Robby Foley was fourth in the second Turner BMW. Udell was fifth in his Buddha Porsche (the car has a Buddha decal on the doors).
Murillo Racing’s Christian Szymczak was sixth, then the Porsche of CarBahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing’s Tyler McQuarrie. Stephen Cameron Racing’s Greg Liefooghe was eighth, then Plumb and Liddell.
VOLT Racing’s No. 7 Aston Martin did get out on track, but only got a few laps after their crash in the opening session. Hindman ended up 13th overall.
In TCR, Lewis’ Alfa Romeo was fastest with a lap at 104.492 mph, good for 26th overall, but slower than Dupont’s lap from Thursday. Lewis’ lap was a mere three-thousandths of a second faster than Robert Wickens in the best of the Hyundai Elantra N TCRs.
There were no red flags during the session. 43 of the 44 teams set a time during the session. The lone car that did not was Murillo Racing’s No. 56 for Foss and Kenton Koch.
Qualifying for the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 120 i scheduled for 3:35 p.m. ET Friday afternoon. Frontstretch will have a recap and an interview with the pole winner for your pleasure.
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