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Latest American Le Mans News and Commentary
Dyson Racing: the Legacy Continues
by Scott Morris
â€śI have so many great childhood memories of racing. When I was small, I used to wake up from naps to the sounds of Pat Smith and my dad checking the timing of my dadâ€™s Datsun 200SX.â€ť said Chris Dyson recalling his childhood as the son of racing junkie and sports car legend Rob Dyson. Over 30 years on the grid of American sports car racing, places Dyson Racing at the top of the sportâ€™s short list of legacy teams.
Highlights of the Motorsports Business Forum - Day 2
Highlighted by Lesa France Kennedy The second and final day of the inaugural Motor Sport Business Forum North America (MSBF-NA) featured a Wednesday Keynote luncheon address by Lesa France Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation (ISC), that proved to be one of the highlights of a packed schedule at the Orlando Hilton for the first ever MSBF-NA. France Kennedy joined Conference Chairman Zak Brown, Just Marketing International (JMI) Founder and CEO, on stage for an hour-long â€ścoffee talkâ€ť exchange that was informal in setting but highly impactful in its delivery.
Highlights of the Motorsports Business Forum at PRI
by Scott Morris The motorsports industry leaders all converged this morning to speak about the state of the industry at the inaugural Motorsports Business Forum presented by IM2 Events and hosted by Just Marketing International, with some interesting statements made about various arms of motorsports. Terry Angstadt from the IRL. Terry appeared at this conference in the wake of their recent announcement of Izod as the new IndyCar title sponsor. However, he mentioned their partnership with Apex Brazil as having more than meets the eye.
ALMS PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing's championship-winning season in the American Le Mans Series has drawn applause from motorsport legends, industry leaders and key media representatives. The victory capped off a third season of key milestones for the Duncan Dayton-led squad which has recorded Acura's first LMP2 class victory, first overall victory, first LMP1 class victory and now, Acuraâ€™s first American Le Mans Series championship.
ALMS Gil de Ferran rode into the sunset with a victory in his final race Saturday, and PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing had its own special ride as well at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to close the 2009 American Le Mans Series. De Ferran and Simon Pagenaud won the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by PatrÂ˘n.
By David Phillips For the second time in a remarkably diverse and successful career, Gil de Ferran will retire as a race driver at the conclusion of Saturdayâ€™s Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by PatrÂ˘n at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In contrast to his first farewell, announced after he won the 2003 IndyCar Series season finale at Texas World Speedway, de Ferran gave everyone plenty of warning about his Swan Song II in August.
ALMS in Laguna Seca Gil de Ferranâ€™s storybook weekend continued Friday with pole position for the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by PatrÂ˘n, the final race in the Brazilian legendâ€™s storybook career. His best lap of 1:11.206 (113.148 mph) at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the de Ferran Motorsports XM Acura ARX-02a was just good enough.
ALMS at Road Atlanta Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin gave Peugeot its first American Le Mans Series victory on Friday, winning a weather-shortened 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6. Race officials, citing hazardous conditions due to torrential rains that fell at Road Atlanta just past the four-hour mark, called the race at eight hours, 44 minutes running.
ALMS Petit LeMans race Peugeot broke Audiâ€™s stranglehold on the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year. It could be on the way to doing the same at Road Atlanta. Nic Minassian led a front-row sweep for Peugeot Sport in qualifying Friday for the 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6, the first step toward what the French manufacturer hopes is its first victory in the American Le Mans Series.
ALMS The 2010 American Le Mans Series will feature both scheduling stability to go alongside a dynamic class restructure, efforts that secure the worldâ€™s leading sports car championship in the upper echelon of global motorsport. Next yearâ€™s calendar, which focuses on the Seriesâ€™ cornerstone endurance events while providing continuity at its established venues, ranked among the highlights during the American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ annual State of the Series address Friday at Road Atlanta, site of this weekendâ€™s 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6.
ALMS Petit LeMans Team Peugeot Totalâ€™s Franck Montagny set the fastest lap of the week so far during Thursdayâ€™s night practice session for the 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6. The fast Frenchman turned a lap of 1:07.912 (134.645 mph) in one of Peugeotâ€™s factory 908 HDi diesel-powered coupes. Montagny, a two-time winner in the American Le Mans Series last season, will drive in the 1,000-mile/10-hour classic with countryman Stephane Sarrazin.
During Petit LeMans practice PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racingâ€™s Scott Sharp walked away today from a horrific crash in his Acura ARX-02a early in the second practice session for the 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6. Fortunately for the team a replacement tub was in the air Thursday night, bound for Atlanta. Sharp, currently the LMP1 championship co-leader with teammate David Brabham, went hard into the wall at Turn 3 after going airborne and sideways into the inside retaining fence. He made contact with Dirk Werner and the Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, which was leaving the pit lane.
ALMS In preparation for a full championship effort in 2010, RSR unveiled its Jaguar XKR GT2 at the American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ famed event - the 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6 - with the intention to introduce the car and utilize the track time for testing and development. The Jaguar brand is launched into what everyone considers the deepest GT2 class in the history of the Series and will have to face off against the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Corvette, Panoz, Dodge, Viper and Ford.
ALMS Petit LeMans test session Audi Sport struck first in the rematch of diesel powers at Road Atlanta with the fastest time in Wednesdayâ€™s two-hour test session for the 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6. Allan McNish, defending race winner with teammate Dindo Capello, put in a quick lap of 1:08.308 (133.864 mph) in the pairingâ€™s Audi R15 TDI. McNish and Capello won Petit Le Mans the last three years in an Audi R10 TDI prototype.
Win in depleted 18-car ALMS field Sunday turned into a banner day for Acura. David Brabham and Scott Sharp won drove their PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a to an overall victory at Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. The win clinched the LMP1 manufacturer championship for Acura.
ALMS With the season winding down and only three races to go, the challenges still remain aplenty for competitors in the American Le Mans Series. And there is no greater challenge the competitors will face than the daunting high-speed corners of Mosport International Raceway, the site for Round 8 of the 2009 championship.
ALMS David Brabham captured pole position for Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport on Saturday in his PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a. The reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans champion turned in a best lap of 1:05.323 (135.517 mph) and edged out de Ferran Motorsportsâ€™ Simon Pagenaud by a scant 0.074 seconds.
ALMS As the 2009 American Le Mans Series enters the homestretch with three events remaining in the season, class championship pictures are starting to become clearer as the Series heads north to Mosport International Raceway and Sundayâ€™s Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport.
by David Philipps The American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ announcement at Road America of its consolidation of the LMP and GT classes - coupled with the introduction of the LMP Challenge class - will provide pundits and seers with plenty to chew on in the coming weeks and months. Purists will doubtless decry the introduction of a dreaded â€śspecâ€ť series to an arena whose raison dâ€™ĂŞtre is diversity and technical innovation, not homogenization and technical stasis.
ALMS at Road America David Brabham and Scott Sharp ended de Ferran Motorsportsâ€™ four-race overall win streak Sunday with a close, tense victory in the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America. PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racingâ€™s Brabham beat Gil de Ferran to the checkered flag by 0.461 seconds.
ALMS In a progressive step designed to keep ahead of the rest of the industry, the American Le Mans Series today announced plans to overhaul its four-class structure beginning with the 2010 season. The four classes will be Le Mans Prototype (LMP), Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC), Grand Touring (GT) and Grand Touring Challenge (GTC).
ALMS In his final race at Road America as a driver, Gil de Ferran claimed his first pole position at the track as de Ferran Motorsports continued its dominating run in the American Le Mans Series. The team owner and Brazilian legend turned in a lap of 1:48.216 (134.664 mph) in qualifying for the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase. The de Ferran Motorsports XM Acura ARX-02a will start from the overall pole for the fourth straight event.
ALMS Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud went flag-to-flag Saturday to win the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, their fourth consecutive overall victory in the American Le Mans Series. Team owner de Ferran qualified on the overall pole position, and the pairing won at Mid-Ohio for the first time in their careers.
by Greg Creamer In both the figurative and literal, it most surely is â€ścrunch timeâ€ť for the competitors in the American Le Mans Series. But one doesnâ€™t blend well with the other, and it poses a rather significant conundrum for the teams and drivers. Success in one sense may breed failure in the other. It is just this type of stretch in a championship battle that takes the balancing act that competitors face at every event and forces it to the extreme.
ALMS Two-time Indy car Champion and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner, Gil de Ferran, announced today that he will retire from sports car driving at the completion of the 2009 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season.The 41-year-old Florida-based Brazilian, will continue as President of de Ferran Motorsports (DFM), the Team he formed in 2008 to compete in ALMS as the factory-supported Acura Team.
ALMS On an emotional day when he announced his retirement from driving race cars for good, Gil de Ferran kept his Acura team's hot streak alive by winning the pole position for Saturday's Acura Sports Car Challenge ALMS race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. David Brabham, driving the Patron Acura will start 2nd ahead of the Luis Diaz Fernandez Acura. De Ferran turned a fastest lap of 1:09.443 (117.057 mph) in the XM Acura ARX-02a that he has driven to victory the last three races with teammate Simon Pagenaud.
ALMS Corvette Racing will open a new chapter with the competition debut of the next-generation Corvette C6.R at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 6-8. In anticipation of a single GT class in 2010, Corvette Racing will test and develop the latest Corvette C6.R in the GT2 category in the final five rounds of the 2009 American Le Mans Series. With the upcoming move to a unified GT category, the twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars will compete against rivals representing Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Viper, Panoz and Ford.
ALMS Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud won the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix on Saturday at Lime Rock Park as the de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a benefitted from a puncture on the PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing Acura with 13 minutes left while leading. De Ferran and Pagenaud havenâ€™t lost since the St. Petersburg street race in early April. Pagenaud crossed the finish line 43.776 seconds ahead of David Brabham.
by David Phillips When it comes to auto racing, 12.7 seconds is an eternity, especially when itâ€™s the differential in lap times between two cars in the same race. If youâ€™re talking the Nurburgringâ€™s Nordschleife, thatâ€™s roughly a second per mile. Road America? Three seconds a mile. But when youâ€™re talking the 1.5 miles of pint-sized Lime Rock, well thatâ€™s more than eight seconds per mile.
ALMS Simon Pagenaud won his third pole position of the American Le Mans Series season Friday with an LMP1-record run of 46.971 (114.965 mph) in de Ferran Motorsports' Acura ARX-02a. The young French star, who will partner with team owner Gil de Ferran edged out PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing's David Brabham by 0.374 seconds. Brabham and Scott Sharp, with PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing won last year at Lime Rock.
ALMS The Le Mans break is nearly over with a little more than a week remaining until the official start of the American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ second half of 2009 at Lime Rock Park. With six rounds still to go, Marshall Pruett posted a Q&A with Series President and CEO Scott Atherton on SPEEDtv.com. The two discussed a variety of topics including the prospects for the rest of 2009 and the Seriesâ€™ much-discussed future.
Finish 1-2 ahead of Audi The Lion has roared at Le Mans after 16 years. The No. 9 Peugeot of Marc Gene, David Brabham and Alex Wurz and company finished 1 lap ahead of the No. 8 Peugeot of Sebastien Bourdais, and a full 7 laps ahead of the No. 1 Audi of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello to win the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car classic.
Audi still 1 lap down The factory No. 9 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP continues to lead at the halfway mark in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans. Marc Gene has handed the leading French prototype back to Alexander Wurz, and the car still holds a one-lap lead over the No. 1 Audi of McNish. It's 3:00 AM now and rain is forecast around sunrise.
24 Hour Classic The first outing at Le Mans went quite well Wednesday with the two fastest laps in the opening practice for the 77th 24 Hours of Le Mans. Having last raced the new diesel-powered prototype at the American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, defending race-winner Allan McNish was quickest than teammate Marco Werner by only 0.054 seconds.
Peugeot will try again to defeat Audi Les 24 Heures du Mans is a thrilling 24-hour non-stop race that takes place at the 13.629 kilometer Circuit de la Sarthe, a track about twice the length of most F1 circuits that is located about 200 kilometers southwest of Paris. The annual race attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators and this year is likely to be no exception.
24 Hours of LeMans Out of the 82 entry forms received by the ACO for the 2009 24 Hours of LeMans, 55 cars remain, many of which are contenders for outright victory, as well as for honors in each category: 20 LM P1s, 12 LM P2s, 6 LM GT1s, 17 LM GT2s. This is a spectacle not to be missed - for many good reasons!
ALMS A year ago, Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud were elated with a third-place finish in their American Le Mans Series debut at Miller Motorsports Park. Oh, how times have changed. The de Ferran Motorsports pairing dominated the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix on Sunday for their second overall victory in a row. Pagenaud took the checkered flag in the teamâ€™s Acura ARX-02a by a comfortable 73.693 seconds over PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racingâ€™s David Brabham and Scott Sharp.
ALMS Simon Pagenaud captured pole position for de Ferran Motorsports with a new track record at the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix on Saturday, a year after the teamâ€™s debut in the American Le Mans Series. Pagenaud qualified his Acura ARX-02a with a time of 1:30.645 (121.052 mph) to best David Brabham by 0.736 seconds.
ALMS At the very venue he made his American Le Mans Series debut a year ago, Simon Pagenaud turned in the fastest time in Friday's test for this weekend's Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park. Pagenaud posted the five fastest times in the de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a during the two-hour session.
David Phillips After what was widely regarded as the dullest American Le Mans Series race in recent memory at St. Petersburg, things perked up considerably at Long Beach. There was a lively - if controversial - scrap for LMP1 honors between the Acuras of De Ferran Motorsports and PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing. Loweâ€™s Fernandez had to work for Acuraâ€™s LMP2 win over Dyson Racingâ€™s BP Lola-Mazdas.
De Ferran and Pagenaud finally get win at Long Beach
ALMS Gil de Ferran finally got his win at Long Beach, and de Ferran Motorsports took victory in the American Le Mans Series on Saturday as de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud won at the Tequila PatrÂ˘n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. de Ferran and his Acura ARX-02a beat PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racingâ€™s David Brabham across the finish line on Shoreline Drive under yellow.
ALMS A year after helping PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing score a landmark class victory at Long Beach, David Brabham took the overall pole position Friday for the Tequila PatrÂ˘n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. Brabham turned a lap of 1:11.627 in the Acura ARX-02a that he will share with Scott Sharp. Brabham outpaced de Ferran Motorsportsâ€™ Gil de Ferran by just 0.072 seconds for PatrÂ˘n Highcroftâ€™s first pole in LMP1 and its fourth in the last two seasons.
Porsche understands significance of Long Beach race
Porsche Preview of Long Beach Ever since the Formula 5000 race cars proved that the Long Beach Grand Prix street circuit could handle world-class road racing in 1975, the history of Formula 1 and IndyCar racing in the U.S. has been impacted by this Southern California venue â€“ and now sports car racing is making its mark as well. The Indy cars, which have been running as the feature race since 1984, were joined by the sports cars in the American Le Mans Series three years ago, and the results have been spectacular, including the 2007 race where the LMP2 Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyders took the top three overall positions, even though they were short 200 horsepower to the LMP1 prototypes.
ALMS Scott Sharp and David Brabham won the second round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series with a convincing victory in the seasonâ€™s first street race. Brabham and his Acura ARX-02a finished 32.150 seconds ahead of Adrian Fernandez as Acura took the top two positions and swept the prototype classes for the first time.
ALMS Qualifying Ex-Champ Car driver Simon Pagenaud claimed his first American Le Mans Series pole position Friday with a storming lap of 1:03.776 (101.606 mph) in qualifying for Saturday's Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg. The Frenchman and his Acura ARX-02a prototype outpaced Scott Sharp by 0.946 seconds over the 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit.
By David Phillips Even the most ardent supporters of Risi Competizione had to wonder which team would show up for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. Would it be the team that ran away with the 2007 American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ GT2 title on the strength of eight wins in 12 races? Or the team that couldnâ€™t win for losing in last yearâ€™s edition of the Series, earning but two GT2 wins in 11 outings?
ALMS The new Audi R15 TDI won today's 57th 12 Hours of Sebring race going away. Alan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello had a race long battle with the Peugeot 908 of Franck Montagny, Sebastien Bourdais and Stephane Sarrazin but in the end the new Audi had too much pace for the Peugeot and won by 22.279s. The Adrian Fernandez Acura won the LMP2 class, Corvette won GT1 and the Risi Ferrari won the GT2 class.
by David Phillips The Sebring record book reads like a Whoâ€™s Who of the great automotive marques of the late 20th and early 21st century: Porsche, Ferrari, Audi, Nissan, BMW, Ford, Jaguar and Maserati (in order of laps led). Am I missing any? How about Riley & Scott, Toyota, Chaparral, Lancia, Cunningham, Spice, Corvette and Aston Martin. Thereâ€™s many more, but those marques have all led 100 laps or more at Sebring over the years.
ALMS founder is proud With all the work and effort that went into launching the first American Le Mans Series race in March of 1999 at Sebring International Raceway, Series founder Dr. Don Panoz never thought about the day when the Series would hold its 100th race. A decade later, though, itâ€™s here. And itâ€™s quite appropriate that the event that started the Series also serves as the backdrop for Race No. 100, the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.
ALMS IndyCar champion Scott Dixon shocked Sebring International Raceway on Thursday with the overall pole position for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, upsetting the factory diesel powers from Audi and Peugeot in the first round of qualifying for the 2009 American Le Mans Series.
ALMS The start of another American Le Mans Series season is here, and the excitement is mounting for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. No one shares that anticipation more than Series President and CEO Scott Atherton, who offers a few reasons for his enthusiasm.
ALMS lead up to Sebring The week sports car fans worldwide have been waiting for is finally here. The 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, the opening round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series, is less than five days away. An epic battle is shaping up in LMP1, and drivers from Acura, Audi and Peugeot were part of a media teleconference Monday to discuss Americaâ€™s greatest sports car race.
ALMS At the 2006 New York Auto Show, Acura made its claim to enter the ALMS tour and eventually compete for the overall prize in the most powerful, technically-advanced category in all of sports car competition. In 2007, Acura began its trek into ALMS competition with three LMP2 cars in action. â€śAcura Advanceâ€ť is the label for Acuraâ€™s luxury and performance models. Now in Acura Motorsports is also advancingâ€¦.to the LMP1 class in the ALMS.
Scott Dixon after famous 12-Hour race win Reigning IndyCar champion, Scott Dixon, has already won two of North Americaâ€™s greatest races: the Indianapolis 500 in 2008 and 24 Hours of Daytona in 2006. Now the 28-year-old New Zealander is targeting victory in the annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. On Saturday 21 March, Dixon will drive the new no.66 XM Radio de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a contesting this yearâ€™s running of the annual day-night classic in Florida.
Will only run Sebring and LeMans The world got its first look Monday at Audiâ€™s new R15 TDI, the latest diesel-powered factory prototype from Audi AG that will race for the first time at the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. It will mark the start of the 2009 American Le Mans Series and serve as its 100th all-time event.
ALMS The second decade of the American Le Mans Series will be off to a roaring start with one of the most exciting and diverse fields ever seen for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, Americaâ€™s greatest sports car race. Thirteen manufacturers are present with the initial entry list release, already more than any other motorsport series.
by David Phillips A pretty compelling case can be made to support the proposition that the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida will be THE premier sports car endurance race of the 2009 season. One need look no further than the LMP1 entry which, with the addition of a second Peugeot entry, not only boasts more manufacturer depth than last yearâ€™s 12 Hours but far and away the deepest manufacturer involvement of any sports car race this year.
ALMS Scott Dixon turned in the fastest time on the final day of the American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ annual Winter Test on Wednesday. The reigning Indy 500 and IndyCar champion turned a lap of 1:45.671 (126.052 mph) in the morning session at Sebring International Raceway.
ALMS American Le Mans Series President and CEO Scott Atherton gave a brief glimpse at what 2009 holds for the worldâ€™s leading sports car championship. From green racing and manufacturer diversity to economic strategies and the overall brand and platform were highlights of his address. â€śThe 2008 season was our strongest on record,â€ť Atherton said from the Seriesâ€™ annual Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway. â€śWe are the best-positioned motorsports series for the current day: economic, environment and otherwise.â€ť
During ALMS Winter test The much-anticipated debut of the new Acura ARX-02a LMP1 prototype sports cars took place today at the famed Sebring International Raceway with the launch of Acuraâ€™s latest American Le Mans Series vehicles from de Ferran Motorsports and PatrÂ˘n Highcroft Racing.
Pagenaud fastest in new Acura LMP1 Simon Pagenaud capped the first day of the American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ annual Winter Test with the fastest time of the day for de Ferran Motorsports at Sebring International Raceway on Monday. The young Frenchman led all competitors with a 1:45.503 (126.723 mph) around the 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit at Sebring.
Jamie Howe For decades Dyson Racing has been a cornerstone of American sports car racing. The news of Dyson joining forces with Mazda for 2009 in the American Le Mans Series is good news for motorsports. Perhaps I am reading too much into the teamâ€™s press release or perhaps there really is more good news to comeâ€¦
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