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Brad Coleman leads Friday's first Road America practice, then parks Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in second

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Brad Coleman paced Friday's first NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at Road America, and then his Joe Gibbs Racing team put the No. 18 Toyota on the hauler.

Coleman turned a fast lap 106.334 mph Friday morning and then skipped the second session, the final practice before Saturday's inaugural Bucyrus 200.

"It’s been fun," Coleman said of the weekend. "This track is really cool. It’s very unique. It’s different than any track that NASCAR goes to, road course-wise. Way different than Watkins Glen and Montreal. It’s just a fun addition to the circuit. I think it’s pretty technical. You have a lot of tight corners and you have sweeping corners. It’s pretty much anything you can ask for, minus a chicane, really.

"It’s just a really fun race track. It’s pretty skinny, so there should be some good action the first couple of laps tomorrow and every restart we get. Hopefully we can get going a couple green laps every time. It’s a really fun race track. We have a good car so I’m excited to go out there and see what we can do."

"It’s been fun. This track is really cool. It’s very unique. It’s different than any track that NASCAR goes to, road course-wise. Way different than Watkins Glen and Montreal. It’s just a fun addition to the circuit. I think it’s pretty technical. You have a lot of tight corners and you have sweeping corners. It’s pretty much anything you can ask for, minus a chicane, really. It’s just a really fun race track. It’s pretty skinny, so there should be some good action the first couple of laps tomorrow and every restart we get. Hopefully we can get going a couple green laps every time. It’s a really fun race track. We have a good car so I’m excited to go out there and see what we can do."

Former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve led the second session at 106.773 mph in Braun Racing's No. 32 Toyota.

"It’s been a good track for the family. My uncle won in 1984 or 85 -- I don’t remember. That was the one victory he had in IndyCar, so that was good. And it was also my first victory. It’s been a good track for us. I’ve always loved long, countryside tracks, where you feel like you’re going somewhere when you drive around it. There’s hills, normally there’s a corner because there’s a mountain behind it, so there’s a reason for the layout. Those tracks are very demanding. You have to take risks in some corners and it’s very exciting."

"It’s been a good track for the family," Villeneuve said. "My uncle won in 1984 or 85 - I don’t remember. That was the one victory he had in IndyCar, so that was good. And it was also my first victory. It’s been a good track for us. I’ve always loved long, countryside tracks, where you feel like you’re going somewhere when you drive around it. There’s hills, normally there’s a corner because there’s a mountain behind it, so there’s a reason for the layout. Those tracks are very demanding. You have to take risks in some corners and it’s very exciting."

Behind Coleman in the first session were Ron Hornaday Jr., Colin Braun, Michel Jourdain Jr. (subbing for Paul Menard), Villeneuve, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ron Fellows, Michael McDowell, Owen Kelly and Brendan Gaughan.

Tony Ave was second in the second session, followed by Justin Allgaier, Patrick Long, Fellows, Kelly, Gaughan, J.R. Fitzpatrick, McDowell and Alex Kennedy.

See the first session sheet here.

See the second session sheet here.