Washington DC -- Former Formula One star Johnny Herbert set the fast time of the day Friday as American Le Mans Series teams began practice for Sunday's inaugural Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C.
Driving the Champion Racing Audi R8 Prototype, Herbert turned a lap of 1:04.310 (92.981 mph) on the 1.661-mile temporary racing circuit located adjacent to RFK Stadium. Sunday's two-hour, 45-minute race will be the first racing event held in the U.S. capital city in more than 80 years.
"I think they've done a marvelous job with this circuit," said Herbert. "It's very smooth and wide, and there are many places for overtaking. I think the spectators will see an interesting race on Sunday."
Herbert, from England, will co-drive with another ex-Formula One pilot, Stefan Johansson of Sweden, the race. Qualifying will be held on Saturday with the race to start at 12 noon on Sunday.
The factory Audi R8 of Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro was second-fastest in Friday's practice at 1:04.529, followed by the factory Audi R8 of Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen at 1:04.578. Close behind the Audis was the Panoz LMP-1 of David Brabham and Jan Magnussen at 1:04.831.
"I really like the course," said Brabham, winner with Magnussen earlier this year when the ALMS raced at California's Sears Point Raceway. "It's nice and wide and relatively smooth. I wish it was a bit longer, though, but