By Ted Rossino Jr.
Lexington, Ohio (Aug 3, 2012)
The Dallara DW12 made its official debut today at Mid-Ohio. It had previously been tested here last August by Dan Wheldon and last Thursday by a 24 car field in preparation for this weekend's Honda Indy 200.
Penske driver Will Power led the afternoon practice with a 01:06:8632. Gannasi driver and 3 time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon was second with a 01:07:0213. The 25 car field was within 2.0539 seconds of each other.
The ALMS qualified earlier with Lucus Luhr in the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing's Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype taking the pole in P1. Dublin, Ohio based BMW's Team Rahal Letterman and Lanigan, driver Jorg Muller took the GT Pole with a record setting lap of 1:19.298 (102.510 mph).
P2 top qualifier was Level 5 Motorsports Christophe Bouchout with a 1:13:230 (111.004mph)
Marino Franchitti set a Prototype Challenge qualifying record of 1:15.107 (108.230 mph) in PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports' No. 52 ORECA FLM09 to take pole position by 0.082 seconds over Bruno Junqueira in RSR Racing's No. 9 entry.
GT Challenge started off qualifying with a battle that saw all five cars swap provisional pole position. Green Hornet Racing's Damien Faulker won his third class pole in four races with a lap of 1:25.130 (95.487 mph) in the No. 34 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
The action starts at 8 o"clock tomorrow morning with Indycar morning practice. ALMS autograph session at 10:45 IndyCar Qualifying at 11:00. And the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge at 1:00 PM. Support series F2000 and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship running races in between the action.
Online ticket sales are currently closed for this event.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the track Saturday morning starting at 7 AM.