After a day that saw steady rain pelt an already sodden Road Atlanta, the Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing Cars team fought difficult qualifying conditions to set a sixth-place Prototype Class starting position for tomorrow’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans, the fourth and final round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
Drivers Katherine Legge, Memo Rojas and Andy Meyrick combined to keep the DeltaWing Coupe near the top of the speed charts in Thursday practice before the rain moved in and conditions deteriorated. Testing improvements to the windshield, the wiper and the defrosting mechanism over several laps in night practice, the team hoped for better in qualifying. When Legge took the wheel for qualifying, standing water all around the track made the going quite treacherous. With the forecast for Saturday trending toward more rain, the team will make adjustments overnight ahead of tomorrow’s season finale.
“The main challenge for us in the race will be the weather. We have improved visibility with the help of the new blower and the adjusted wiper. Yesterday we showed we can be fast and once again on pace with the leaders. I hope we have the chance to be back there for our home crowdtomorrow.”
“We’ve improved the visibility but unfortunately the characteristics of the car mean it just isn’t as good in the wet as it is in the dry. If the track is dry we’re going to be really quick; if it’s wet, not so much. We lowered the wiper on the screen and clocked it a little differently so it stays on the screen better and we've invested a lot of time and effort into a blower system that is basically a defrosting mechanism that at least keeps the windscreen clear. As I told the drivers,tomorrowwe just need to be sensible, keep it on track and I’m sure there will be lots of yellows. We just don’t want to be one of them!”
Weather permitting, the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season comes to a close tomorrow with the 18th annual Petit Le Mans, race four of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Saturday’s race coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. and will be split between FOX Sports 2 and IMSA.com, with a three-hour recap show on FOX Sports 1 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).