BALTIMORE, MD, September 3, 2011 - For the second time in as many races, Genoa Racing brought home a second place finish, this time in the inaugural running of the Baltimore Grand Prix. With the finish, the Zionsville, Indiana based team edged even closer the LMPC points lead, as championship leader Core Autosport settled for third place in the two hour race.
The weekend got off to a good start despite delays in completing the construction the 12 turn, two mile street course in Baltimore's Inner Harbor district. The Genoa tandem of Eric Lux and Elton Julian and the No. 63 green dot/p.u.r.e./ZaisGroup ORECA FLM09 were consistently in the top three in American Le Mans Series - Presented by Tequila Patrón practice.
With Julian behind the wheel, qualifications were shaping up to be even better until contact with the wall brought the session to an end. At the time of the contact, Julian had posted the fastest lap of the session and was forced to watch as two cars posted slightly quicker times in the remaining minutes of qualifications.
The team made repairs overnight, and the car was ready to go in plenty of time for warm up Saturday morning. The car never missed a beat, finishing the session on top of the LMPC class.
"You kind of expect a little contact in street course racing," said Genoa mechanic Chris Oldham. "I have to give a big thanks to our sponsor Zyvex for a fantastic product. It was a big part of why we could turn the car around and put fast times on the board."