Qualifying Not A Game Plan For Performance Tech

Performance Tech Motorsports qualified ninth for the Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda after solid, steady laps from David Ostella in the Prototype Challenge class. 

Team Principal Brent O’Neill decided to not participate in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice before qualifying due to heavy rain, with the team instead focusing on consistency – a key in a 10-hour race. Ostella made laps averaging a time around 1:17, landing him slightly more than one second behind pole sitter Jack Hawksworth. 

“I think this just goes with what we’ve been doing by focusing on race setup,” Ostella said. “It showed in qualifying. I would have like to have got a quicker lap in – I think some of that is from lack of track time. But at the end of the day, it’s a 10-hour race so qualifying doesn’t really matter, so I’m not worried.” 

Ostella and co-drivers Jerome Mee and James French received less time in the car before qualifying than hoped. Heavy rain earlier in the day led to the final practice session starting with a red flag. The session eventually was declared green, but O’Neill did not want to risk his drivers in the downpour. 

“We have a good car out there,” O’Neill said. “Would have liked the extra time in practice. It’s a 10-hour race tomorrow, so you can qualify last and still end up on podium — it makes no difference. We just want to come out and have a good car for the race tomorrow, and I think we do, so we’ll see where we go tomorrow.” 

The 17th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda begins at 11:15 a.m. (ET) tomorrow Saturday, Oct. 4 at Road Atlanta. The race will be broadcast live starting at 11 a.m. on IMSA.com, with live coverage also at 3 p.m on FOX Sports 2. FOX Sports will televise a highlight show Sunday, Oct. 5. check local listings for details.


Adam Sinclair