Marcelli Fills In for Aschenbach in GTS Practice, Sets Fastest Practice Time Friday Afternoon

SONOMA, Calif. – Kyle Marcelli of Barrie, Ont., Canada jumped to the No. 10 Black Dog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro Friday afternoon at Sonoma Raceway and set the quickest time of the second practice session with a time of one minute, 43.348 seconds (83.079 miles per hour).

Marcelli, subbed for regular driver Lawson Aschenbach who is competing in another event at Circuit of the Americas, assisted the Black Dog Speed Shop operation in setting up the car for Aschenbach for Saturday’s 1st GTS feature. Aschenbach, the two-time GTS champion from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is scheduled to fly into Northern California Saturday in time for the 50-minute GTS main event set for 4:50 pm PDT. Aschenbach currently sits second in the GTS point standings but will have to start of the rear of the field Saturday.

Teenager Nate Stacy of Owasso, Okla., continues to impress with the second quickest time in GTS Friday afternoon with a 1:43.407 clocking in the No. 14 Roush Performance Ford Boss 302 with current GT point leader Brett Sandberg of Allendale, N.J., taking the No. 13 ANZA Motorsports KTM X-Bow to third with a 1.43.421.

The second Black Dog Speed Shop driver, Tony Gaples of Libertyville, Ill., turned in the fourth fastest lap in GTS with 1:43.491 in No. 11 Black Dog Chevrolet Camaro and Jeff Coutrney of Milwaukee, Wis., rounded out the top five in his No. 99 JCR Motorsports Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo at 1:43.688.

Newcomer George Kurtz of Scottsdale, Ariz., CEO of CrowdStrike technology fame, recorded the sixth best time Friday afternoon with at 1:44.004 in the No. 04 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

Qualifying for Saturday’s first GTS race is scheduled for the 12:45 pm PDT on Saturday at Sonoma Raceway.