Testing at VIR: Live Updates

DANVILLE, Va. – Two full days of testing are set to begin at Virginia International Raceway as competitors in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 practice on the Continental Tires they will race in 2011 for the first time in an official session.
Neiman to Test With Action Express (Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET Tuesday, Oct. 19)

Sylvain Tremblay runs the No. 68 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 in morning fog as testing is underway at Virginia International Raceway.

Seth Neiman, driver and team principal for Flying Lizard Motorsports in the American Le Mans Series, is at VIR to drive a Daytona Prototype for the first time. He and Darren Law – his regular co-driver in the ALMS – will share the No. 58 Porsche/Riley, powered by a Porsche flat-six engine. This is the same car that Law co-drove to victory in the 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“Darren has been my co-driver in the No. 44 Porsche since 2007, and he’s always told me the DPs were fun to drive,” Neiman said. “This test is a great opportunity to have some fun before we got down to serious work preparing for next season. We have no plans yet for the Rolex 24, but we are considering it.”

Neiman has raced in the Rolex 24 on three occasions, twice making it to the thrilling yet heartbreaking second step on the GT podium.
“In 2004 we were about three laps from winning overall,” Neiman said. Neiman, Johannes van Overbeek, Peter Cunningham and Mike Rockenfeller were part of the Flying Lizard effort, which saw Rockenfeller make a dramatic late-race charge against Johnny Mowlem which came up only a few seconds short. Robin Liddell was part of that year’s winning Orbit Racing Porsche team.

This past year, Flying Lizard teamed with TRG to finish second in GT behind SpeedSource at the Rolex 24, Van Overbeek, Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long joined Neiman in the No. 67 Porsche.

This is Neiman’s first time at VIR since late 2003, when he tested a Rennwerks Porsche. His only race here was several years before that in a Skip Barber event on the South Course.

Magnussen to Test With Stevenson (Updated at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday, Oct. 19)

Jan Magnussen is joining Robin Liddell in testing the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Magnussen raced for the team in 2010 when his schedule allowed. The team is looking for a fulltime co-driver to fill the seat vacated by Andrew Davis, who will be racing for Brumos in 2010.

John Edwards is testing the No. 68 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8, joining Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito. Edwards raced that car this past season but was not pre-entered in the test.

The No. 59 Action Express Porsche/Riley has been renumbered No. 5 and is painted in Action Express colors. David Donohue and Darren Law are co-driving.

Ross Kaiser, the Sunoco Daytona Champion, is being coached by Guy Cosmo for the test. Today will be Kaiser’s first outing on an American circuit.

Eleven GT cars have practiced so far; conditions are still very foggy.
Auberlen First Out in Fog (Updated at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, Oct. 19)
Bill Auberlen was first out at 8:49 a.m. in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M6, followed by Sylvain Tremblay in the No. 68 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8. It’s very foggy and 49 degrees.

Today’s schedule:
8:30-9:15 a.m.: GT
9:15-10:15 a.m.: Combined
10:15-11 a.m.: Daytona Prototype
11:15 a.m.-Noon: Trueman/Akin
1-2:30 p.m. and 2:45-4:30 p.m.: All
4:45-5:30 p.m.: Trueman/Akin
There will be no live timing and scoring from the session.

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