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Friday, April 25, 2014

Saini, Holbrook, Schwartz Lead TC, TCA, TCB Barber Second Practice

Written by  Series Staff

Shea Holbrook

Shea HolbrookSmith/PWC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jason Saini, Shea Holbrook and Johan Schwartz led the second practice session at Rounds 1 and 2 of the TC, TCA and TCB Pirelli World Challenge seasons, the Barber Motorsports Park Presented by RECARO.

Saini, of Chicago, took his No. 28 Grid-1 Motorsports OMP/Motovicity Mazda MX-5 to the top spot in TC at 1:38.866, set on his final flying lap.

“It feels great, obviously I love these cars, I knew it would be a great track for us,” Saini said. “It’s just a great opportunity with Grid-1 Motorsports. We’ll see what we can do out here.”

In second were the pair of Compass360 Racing Honda Civic Sis. Michael DiMeo, of Toronto, was second in the No. 71 ENJ Excavating/Formcrete/HPD Honda Civic Si at 1:39.686 with C360R team principal Karl Thomson, also of Toronto, third in the No. 72 Children’s Tumor Foundation/HPD/Racing4Research.org Honda Civic Si at 1:39.908.

A Honda was on top in TCA in the form of Holbrook, from Groveland, Fla., in the No. 67 Radium/TRUECar/Lucas Oil/Hendrick Honda Honda Civic Si. Holbrook’s best lap was 1:42.090.

“The track conditions are definitely different with the different compounds, session to session,” Holbrook said. “We’re focusing on getting these cars the best we can for the second half of the race. Late races both days and they’ll be hairy in the first portion, but we need a car at the end. I’m super excited about my car. We made a few adjustments in the right direction.”

Jason Cherry, of Gambrills, Md., was second in the No. 13 Avpro/Purposeful Architecture Mazda MX-5 at 1:42.445, with Jason Wolfe, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio third in the No. 36 Kia Motors America Kia Forte Koup at 1:43.830.

Schwartz, of Denmark, led his second straight TCB session in the No. 12 Garrett Racing/Drive4Diabetes/American Honda Honda Fit at 1:52.240.

“Obviously the track conditions were a bit different today, but I studied my line, and there were things I wanted to work on,” Schwartz said. “I made some better brake releases, carried a little more entry speed and not sacrificed speed on the exit. We loosened up the Garrett Racing/Drive4Diabetes/American Honda, made it a little hairy, but hairy is quick.”

P.J. Groenke, of Toronto, made it a Honda 1-2 in Shea Racing’s No. 66 Verax.ca/Tundra/Mulligan Gold Honda Fit at 1:52.814. In third was 14-year-old Nathan Stacy of Owassa, Okla., the youngest driver entered this weekend, in the No. 14 TSG/Ford Racing Ford Fiesta at 1:52.832.

Qualifying occurs later on Friday with TCB out from 5:45 to 6:05 p.m., a five-minute break and TC and TCA out from 6:10 to 6:30 p.m. local and CDT time.

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