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    Today marked the first two practice sessions along with the
    qualifying run for the American LeMans Series Baltimore Sports Car Challenge
    presented by SRT but in the early going – the event sponsored by the brand
    behind the new SRT Viper GTS-R race teams has not been so kind to the two Viper
    teams.

    During the first run of practice, the #93 SRT Viper GTS-R
    sponsored by Pennzoil Ultra and driven by the duo of Marc Goossens and Tommy Kendall
    ranked 13th (last) in the GT Class and 27th overall on
    the 2 mile city course with a best lap of 1:35.072.  Things were not much better for the #91 Forza
    Motorsport Viper GTS-R driven by Kumo Wittmer and Dominic Farnbacher, which
    turned in a best lap of 1:34.227
    - placing them 11th in the GT class and 24th overall. For
    comparison, the quickest car in the first practice session from the ALMS GT
    class with the Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 driven by Gavin and Milner with a lap
    of 1:30.580.

    As the
    field took the field for the second practice session of the day, the hotter
    weather slowed the field as a whole but the session was unfortunately shortened
    when Dominic Farnbacher slammed the #91 Viper GTS-R into the wall in turn
    #9.  The accident caused a red flag
    situation and the rest of the practice session was officially canceled.  Things were only slightly better for the #93
    Viper GTS-R but with the field as a whole being slower in round 2, the #93
    Viper’s time of 1:35.072 moved them up to the 25th place overall -
    even though they were still the slowest car in the class.

    There was
    some good news and some bad news for the Viper teams come qualifying.  The bad news was that the crash by Farnbacher
    prevented the #91 Viper from entering qualifying and there has been no word
    thus far whether the car will be ready to race tomorrow.  However, the good news is that during
    qualifying, the #93 Viper GTS-R driven by Marc Goossens turned in their best
    lap of the weekend with a pass of
    1:33.526.  This places the Pennzoil Ultra Viper in the 9th
    place in the GT class for Saturday’s race and the 22nd spot overall -
    both of which are significant improvements compared to the practice sessions.

    The 2 hour long Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by
    SRT is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 4:30pm EST and you can catch the action
    live by watching on the ESPN3 app on your Xbox360 or on the ALMS website.  Those who don’t have an Xbox360 (or a good
    internet connection to watch streaming video) can catch the action on ABC on
    Sunday, September 2nd at noon EST. 
    There will also be an encore presentation at 4am on Wednesday September
    5th on ESPN2 for you night owls.

     
     
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