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Mar 4, 2001

Lopez, Ciccotto, Ulrich Fastest In Wet F-USA Unlimited Superbike Practice

<BR><BR>Grant Lopez, Mike Ciccotto and Roadracing World's Chris Ulrich topped the time sheets in the Sunday Formula USA Unlimited Superbike practice at Daytona, which was held in wet conditions after a lengthy delay caused by a rain storm that moved into the area.<BR><BR>The practice was red-flagged when Aaron Clark crashed the Buona Fortuna/Pro Italia Aprilia in the chicane. Just before the red flag came out, Lopez was black-flagged by officials who wanted to check on reports that Lopez was riding a GSX-R600 in the practice. Officials found that Lopez was riding a GSX-R750 when he reported to pit lane.<BR><BR>The practice was the last chance for riders to take to the track before the start of today's Formula USA race, which is expected to be held under rainy conditions.<BR><BR>Riders and times as posted by F-USA officials follow:<BR><BR>1. Grant Lopez 1:59.687<BR>2. Mike Ciccotto 2:09.896<BR>3. Chris Ulrich 2:17.967<BR>4. Aaron Clark 2:18.391<BR>5. Craig Connell 2:19.269<BR>6. Ken Chase 2:20.729<BR>7. Byron Barbour 2:21.801<BR>8. Paul Harrell 2:22.984<BR>9. Tony Lupo 2:23.420<BR>10. John Hopkins 2:23.724 <BR><BR>Pole-sitter Shawn Higbee was 24th fastest, at 2:36.686, and Arclight's Lee Acree was 29th fastest, at 2:46.991.<BR><BR><BR>However, knowledgeable sources in the pits said that, based on times caught on stopwatches by teams, Ciccotto was actually fastest at 2:09.896 followed by Lopez at 2:14.879 and Ulrich at 2:17.967.<BR><BR><BR>In the wet Aprilia Cup practice session, Roadracing World's LaVaughn Daniel was fastest, at 2:38.961 followed by Dan Fischer at 2:41.528, Derek M. King at 2:45.118 and Andre Castanos at 2:45.129.<BR>