- P1 car to start on front row with PC car fifth in class - Mother Nature played a major role today in Long Beach with heavy rain cancelling the American Le Mans Series qualifying session.
Due to the cancellation, the starting grid has been determined by the points standings, meaning the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing P1 squad of Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf will start second overall with the PC team of Memo Gidley and Mike Guasch starting fifth in the PC class.
In the end, the day was a near wash out after rain also hampered the one and only practice session in the morning. However, it did allow the team to gather important data in wet conditions. But, on the flip side, with the forecast calling for sunshine on race day, both the P1 and PC crews will be entering the race with many unknown factors when the green flag falls, making for what should be an interesting race.
The American Le Mans Series at Long Beach race goes green on Saturday, April 14th at 4:30 pm PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Muscle Milk Quotes
Klaus Graf, #6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a"It's a long day at the race track. It's hard for the boys to prepare the racecar and then not get to run. We had a pretty good car in the wet this morning and were able to try some Michelin wet tires on our Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD car for the first time so that was good. It also helped to check other components of the car in the wet, which is important for the ongoing season.
"The fact that qualifying got cancelled is not what we wanted to see because I think we had a good shot of getting pole position on the race track. Overall I think we're in good shape for the race even if we didn't run in the dry today. I think the Muscle Milk HPD car will do just fine.
Lucas Luhr, #6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a"We had a good car this morning in the wet. We were quickest and I was looking forward to a wet qualifying but we didn't get that opportunity. I don't agree with the decision to cancel the session because the sun came out right after, they could have waited a little bit, but that's the way it is.
"Tomorrow is a question mark for everybody because no one has run in the dry but I'm pretty confident that we'll have a good car and it should be a fun race."
Mike Guasch, #5 Muscle Milk/Molecule Oreca FLM09"With today being my first time on this track, I needed to do laps this morning rain or shine. I needed to get familiar with the track, the sightings, brake markers and bridges. I'd done it on the simulator in preparation for this race and the good thing was that the reality was very close to the simulator, so it didn't take any time at all to learn the track.
"At one point it was super wet and we just waited in pit lane, so I didn't get that many laps in. So now I will go out in the dry tomorrow having never driven here in those conditions. But I'm not really worried about it. I think it will be fine."
Memo Gidley, #5 Muscle Milk/Molecule Oreca FLM09 "It was a day of emotions because we expected rain this morning and it was dry when we got to the track. So we were heading into practice with the mindset that it was going to be dry. But when we got to pit lane, with about 2 minutes before it went green, it started raining!
"The Muscle Milk / Molecule car was pretty good in the wet, we were quickest overall about half way through the session and it was good to be out there in those conditions.
"Then we were getting ready for qualifying and we were thinking it was going to be dry, but once again, it started raining and they had to cancel the session.
"It's unfortunate but it is what it is. It's racing, it's full of drama and ups and downs and it's just all part of the business but I'm excited heading into the race tomorrow."