Farnbacher Loles Racing will start the Memorial Day Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race from seventh and eighth on the 18-car grid – the highest start positions for Porsche cars in the annual two-hour 45-minute race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.
Eric Lux of Jacksonville, Fla., qualified seventh in the No. 86 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car he shares with Leh Keen of Charleston, S.C. Lux lapped the 1.53-mile road course in 53.271 seconds at an average speed of 103.396 mph.
"We struggled yesterday and today finding the right setup for this track because it's quite bumpy here. The engine hanging over the rear axle makes it difficult to set up the car so it won't oversteer or understeer on entry. We made some pretty big improvements going into today's practice, but we still weren't where we needed to be for qualifying. We threw another setup at the car and it came through. Hats off to the 86 team again for giving me a great car for qualifying," Lux said.
"We're starting seventh – we knew this was going to be a Pontiac race track and Mazda might be in range, so we just have to bite the bullet here and look for points down the road."
Dominik Farnbacher of Ansbach, Germany, drove the No. 87 Porsche to eighth in qualifying with his lap of 53.333 seconds (103.276 mph). He will drive first on Monday, followed by Dirk Werner of Kissenbrück, Germany.
"Qualifying felt okay, the car was good, but we have no chance against the other makes. The Pontiac and Mazda are so quick through the corners; we just can't do the pace that they do," Farnbacher said. "Maybe in the race, we can gain positions by waiting for the lucky third when the other two hit each other out. But I think it's going to be a very harsh weekend for us. We have to show the best we can. Our goal is a top-five [finish] and I think we can do it."