Grand AM » 30 October 2008
Farnbacher Loles use trio of cars.
Farnbacher Loles Racing veterans Bryce Miller, Leh Keen and Eric Lux were on hand during this week's October Test Days at Daytona International Speedway to drive the #86, #87 and #89 cars, with several other drivers taking laps around the track during the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series test.
Miller, who has spent one-and-a-half seasons with Farnbacher Loles, spent time in the car all three days of the test.
Keen drove the car on Monday and Tuesday, while Lux was in the car Monday before returning to Jacksonville for college classes.
Keen and Lux gave Farnbacher Loles its only Rolex Series GT victory in 2008, when they outlasted the inclement weather at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
A runner-up in last year's Rolex 24 At Daytona, Miller was excited to return to the car for the first time since the season finale at Miller Motorsports Park. With temperatures in the high 50's and low 60's, which are temperatures usually encountered during the race, Miller said the weather was ideal in preparing for the race.
"It's very good," Miller said. "It came in very favourable conditions. Everything is working very well. It's very quality track time. At any given moment, the number of cars out there, it's not very crowded. There aren't a lot of cars out there, so there aren't any long lines, holdups, interruptions.
“Teams are using the time to their advantage. We're able to make a lot of changes and take the car back to the garages. We can focus, drive and enjoy it."
The cars ran without trouble until Wednesday morning, when Bryan Sellers lost control of the #89 Porsche GT3. Sellers spun in Turn 5 but did not hit the wall. He limped back to the pits with a busted radiator and broken splitter. He had done three laps in the car previous to the spin.
One driver who had never tested a Rolex Series car - or for that matter ever been to Daytona - was London native Ed Pead, who got two hours of seat time Tuesday in the #89 machine. Pead is a veteran of the Porsche races in England and most recently drove in Asian Formula 3 competition. He was on hand to see if the Rolex Series was in his future plans.
Other drivers at the test were Daniel Graeff, Ron Yarab Jr., Jim Pace and Seth Ingram.
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