- 28 July 2017
Wampum, PA - With momentum on his side following his first trip to victory lane of the 2017 Atlantic Championship Series season, Polestar Racing Group's David Grant was the man to beat after 80 minutes of Friday practice at the newly-paved Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Grant, driving the No. 29 Swift 016/Mazda, set his fastest time in the second session at 1:32.450 following a victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earlier in July.
Grant dropped his time by more than a tenth of a second between the morning and afternoon sessions, running a total of 48 laps, more than any other driver in the Atlantic Championship Series field.
A close second on the time sheets was the No. 40 of Keith Grant, also driving for Polestar. The second Grant brother dropped his time by two tenths of a second in the afternoon session to 1:32.551, and ran a total of 36 laps over two sessions in the Formula Race Promotions weekend at PittRace.
K-Hill Motorsports driver and Championship points leader Peter Portante gathered his No. 24 Swift 016/Mazda together for two third place laps in each 40-minute session. Portante ran a 1:33.991 in the morning, improving later in the day to 1:32.923 as he ran a total of 44 laps on the 2.8-mile 19-corner road course.
After a short hiatus, Comprent Motorsports drivers Richard Zober and Chris Ash were fourth and fifth on the afternoon practice time sheets.
Bruce Hamilton, who has a solid lead in the Masters Class points, was sixth quick in one of two Swift 014/Toyota entries at Pittsburgh. Hamilton drives the No. 06 for K-Hill Motorsports.
Full results are available on www.AtlanticChampionshipSeries.com and the weekend from Pittsburgh rolls on with qualifying on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, with each day featuring afternoon races, marking rounds 9 and 10 of the 2017 Atlantic season.