Emil Assentato and AIM Autosport Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari Post Season-Best Third-Place Qualifying

15.06.2013: - Effort at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Championship Contenders Assentato and Co-Driver Anthony Lazzaro Looking for

- Effort at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course


Championship Contenders Assentato and Co-Driver Anthony Lazzaro Looking for First Podium since Daytona Opener and Second Straight at Mid-Ohio in Saturday’s Diamond Cellar Classic



Reigning GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series co-champion Emil Assentato turned in his best qualifying effort of the 2013 season Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari 458 Italia.


Assentato, co-driving this year with Anthony Lazzaro, posted the third fastest lap of the 15-minute qualifying session, clocking in at 1:23.509 (97.340 mph) as the quickest Ferrari driver in the field. Assentato will trail only the front-row Camaro and Corvette combination of John Edwards and Boris Said when the field takes the green flag for tomorrow’s Diamond Cellar Classic.


The mid-season event of this year’s 12-race GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the timed 2-3/4-hour Diamond Cellar Classic at Mid-Ohio can be seen live on SPEED this Saturday, June 15, at 4:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. PDT.


Assentato and Jeff Segal co-drove to a second-place Mid-Ohio finish last year and the 2012 GT Championship in the No. 69 AIM/FXDD Ferrari. This season Assentato is partnering Lazzaro in the No. 69. Autosport Team FXDD RACING WITH FERRARI


“The car came off the truck really good,” Assentato said. “We just made some fine adjustments, just made it a little bit better, a small change just before qualifying that got  the car even better than it was in the final practice session. It helped us quite a bit, wehad a little more bite in the front, and that allowed the qualifying session to be as good as it was.”


After reaching the podium with a third-place finish in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona with additional drivers Nick Longhi and Mark Wilkins, the No. 69 has struggled in the last few races. Tomorrow’s race could give the team a needed rebound.


“We fine-tuned a little bit but really we took a great car that they unloaded from the truck and made it that much better,” Lazzaro said. “Emil really got up on the wheel and freakin’ got it done like no other. This team has really unloaded two great cars the last two races. We are looking forward to showing that in the race tomorrow.”


Assentato and Lazzaro head into the Diamond Cellar Classic fourth in the GT driver standings with 125 points. The No. 69 Ferrari ranks third in the team standings with the same amount of points.



- Assentato knows that staying out of trouble is a key ingredient for success in tomorrow’s race. “Last year we had a good start but got caught up with Daytona Prototype traffic entering Turn 1 which forced an off track episode,” Assentato said. “But between good team work and Jeff Segal's driving, combined with a couple of yellow flags, we climbed our way back up to second. Great effort by everyone.”


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