Pos Driver Total
1 Chris Dyson 186
1 Guy Smith 186
2 Klaus Graf 124
3 Lucas Luhr 114
4 Tony Burgess 85
4 Chris McMurry 85
5 Humaid Al Masaood 64
5 Steven Kane 64
6 Jay Cochran 60
7 Adrian Fernandez 25
7 Stefan Mücke 25
7 Harold Primat 25
Pos Driver Total
1 Christophe Bouchut 126
1 Scott Tucker 126
2 Luis Díaz 78
3 Joăo Barbosa 56
4 Ryan Hunter-Reay 30
5 Zak Brown 26
5 Stefan Johansson 26
5 Mark Patterson 26
6 Marino Franchitti 23
Pos Driver Total
1 Ricardo González 156
1 Gunnar Jeannette 156
1 Eric Lux 156
2 Jon Bennett 130
2 Frankie Montecalvo 130
3 Kyle Marcelli 124
4 Elton Julian 115
5 Tomy Drissi 108
6 Rudy Junco, Jr. 92
7 Anthony Nicolosi 86
8 Jarrett Boon 68
9 Jan-Dirk Lueders 45
10 Ryan Dalziel 44
11 Christian Zugel 41
11 Jon Field 41
12 Ken Dobson 39
12 Henri Richard 39
13 Clint Field 31
14 Dane Cameron 30
14 Jens Peterson 30
14 Ryan Lewis 30
15 Butch Leitzinger 25
16 Chapman Ducote 21
17 David Ducote 15
17 Andy Wallace 15
18 David Cheng 13
18 Javier Echeverría 13
18 Ricardo Vera 13
19 James French 9
19 Michael Marsal 9
19 Rene Villeneuve 9
20 Alex Figge 8
20 Miles Maroney 8
21 James Kovacic 6
Pos Driver Total
1 Joey Hand 159
1 Dirk Müller 159
2 Oliver Gavin 135
2 Jan Magnussen 135
3 Bill Auberlen 129
3 Dirk Werner 129
4 Jörg Bergmeister 106
4 Patrick Long 106
5 Wolf Henzler 97
5 Bryan Sellers 97
6 Jaime Melo 83
6 Toni Vilander 83
7 Scott Sharp 66
7 Johannes van Overbeek 66
8 Seth Neiman 60
9 Olivier Beretta 58
9 Tommy Milner 58
10 Marco Holzer 53
11 Augusto Farfus 52
12 David Murry 49
13 Sascha Maassen 47
13 Bryce Miller 47
14 Darren Law 39
15 Anthony Lazzaro 38
16 Guy Cosmo 37
17 Andy Priaulx 30
17 Patrick Pilet 30
18 Rob Bell 26
19 Andrea Robertson 25
20 Ed Brown 24
21 Martin Ragginger 20
22 Dominik Farnbacher 18
23 David Robertson 14
23 Boris Said 14
24 Mika Salo 12
24 Emmanuel Collard 12
25 Colin Braun 11
25 Melanie Snow 11
26 Cristiano da Matta 6
26 Bruno Junqueira 6
27 Nicky Pastorelli 1
27 Dominik Schwager 1
Pos Driver Total
1 Tim Pappas 185
2 Duncan Ende 157
2 Spencer Pumpelly 157
3 Jeroen Bleekemolen 132
4 Bill Sweedler 117
5 Dion von Moltke 108
6 Leh Keen 79
7 Damien Faulkner 71
8 Brian Wong 64
9 Peter LeSaffre 63
10 Nick Ham 62
11 Sebastiaan Bleekemolen 60
12 John Potter 53
12 Craig Stanton 53
13 Sean Edwards 41
13 Peter Ludwig 41
14 Chris Cumming 38
15 James Sofronas 36
15 Alex Welch 36
16 Andrew Davis 32
17 Marc Bunting 28
18 Henrique Cisneros 27
18 Carlos Kauffman 27
19 Alain Li 26
20 Emilio Di Guida 22
21 Mike Piera 20
21 Ben Keating 20
22 Scott Blackett 18
23 Bob Faieta 16
24 Shane Lewis 15
25 Chris Thompson 14
25 Matthew Marsh 14
26 Butch Leitzinger 13
26 Jaap van Lagen 13
27 Dominik Farnbacher 9
27 David Heinemeier Hansson 9
28 Brendan Gaughan 8
Latest American Le Mans News and Commentary
Bentley debuts Continental GT3 race car in the US
GT Speed, Bentleyâ€™s fastest-ever road car, makes US debut Bentley today unveils its Continental GT3 race car in the US for the first time as the company forges ahead with its plans to return to motorsport towards the end of 2013. Bentley is also showing its new 205 mph (330 km/h) Continental GT Speed performance flagship, the sister car upon which the GT3 is based and the Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification, a highly distinctive and sporting interpretation of its flagship Mulsanne.
Lola-Toyota wins Petit Le Mans on drama-filled day Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, Level 5 Motorsports and Rebellion Racing were the big winners Saturday at Road Atlanta and Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Neel Jani, Andrea Belicchi and Nicolas Prost won the 1,000-mile race for the first time with a three-lap victory in their Lola-Toyota. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing captured the big prize though with the P1 drivers and team championship in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf finished second in class but completed enough laps to sew up both titles.
Americaâ€™s Lost Hobby & the Salvation of Our Youth
by Stephen Cox I have figured out what is wrong with Americaâ€™s youth and their disconnect with racing. They donâ€™t race slot cars anymore. In addition to being overly tattooed, body pierced and not pulling their pants up, most of them couldnâ€™t define â€śHO scaleâ€ť if you held a gun to their iPad. Racing HO scale Aurora AFX slot cars with the greatest man Iâ€™ve ever known â€“ my dad â€“ in our garage in the summer of 1969 taught me pretty much everything I needed to get through life. After slot car racing, formal education was anticlimactic.
A Muscle Milk Victory and Championships Galore at VIR
Gavin, Milner, Popow and MacNeil claim class titles Muscle Milk Pickett Racing returned to its winning ways Saturday in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, the same day where three class driver championship battles ended at VIRginia International Raceway. It marked a magical day for the ALMS in its debut at VIR. Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr teamed for a three-lap victory in the four-hour race driving Muscle Milkâ€™s Honda Performance Development ARX-03a.
Record-setting qualifying lap headlines trackâ€™s first official ALMS action Klaus Graf and Muscle Milk Pickett Racing cemented their place in the history books Friday at VIRginia International Raceway. Graf set an all-time track record en route to pole position for Saturdayâ€™s VIR 240 â€“ the first race at the circuit for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ˘n. His lap of 1:35.434 (123.352 mph) bested the previous record: a 1:36.3 from a Benetton ex-F1 car in 2004. Graf was 0.932 seconds quicker than Dyson Racingâ€™s Guy Smith in the No. 16 Lola-Mazda that is running a flywheel KERS hybrid system for the first time this season.
Grand-Am buys out ALMS The most significant development in the history of sports car racing in North America was announced today, with plans for a landmark merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) unveiled at Daytona International Speedway. Under terms of the merger, the following entities will combine with GRAND-AM: the American Le Mans Series; the International Motor Sports Association, which sanctions ALMS events; the Road Atlanta race track facility in Braselton, Ga.; the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Fla.; and Sebring International Raceway.
by Adriano Manocchia Saturday on the streets of Baltimore ALMS ran their race late in the day and finished just before the rains hit. Level 5 finished 1-2 with their LMP2 cars. The IndyCars qualified with Will Power taking pole comfortably and support series saw Indy Lights and USF2000 in action. Adriano Manocchia was there and captured all the action with these captioned photos.
ALMS Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker led a 1-2 finish for Level 5 Motorsports at the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge on Saturday, the teamâ€™s second overall win in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron this year. Bouchut, the P2 pole-sitter in the No. 055 Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototype, beat Luis Diaz in the No. 95 entry by 2.158 seconds as the two P2 cars led the way in an wild race on the streets of Baltimore.
by Adriano Manocchia Due to cars launching over railroad tracks on the front straight in Baltimore Friday track time for the ALMS and IndyCars was shortened. Lucas Luhr put his Muscle Milk car on pole for the ALMS race and points leader Will Power was the fastest IndyCar in afternoon practice. Even though track management didn't bother to cut any photo holes for the photographers, Adriano Manocchia was there and did his best to capture all the action.
Practice crash doesnâ€™t deter Gavin from taking GT pole After narrowly missing out on victory two weeks ago in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, Muscle Milk Pickett Racingâ€™s Lucas Luhr took pole position for the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT on Friday. The German set a time of 1:25.174 (86.223 mph) in his No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype.
by David Phillips Time can be a funny thing. Consider eight hours, three minutes, 35.264 seconds. Thatâ€™s the total elapsed time of the past two ALMS races at Road America. Now consider .195 seconds. Thatâ€™s the total margin of victory in the P1 class the past two years at Road America, divided between last year (.112s) when Muscle Milk pipped Dyson Racing for the win and this year when Dysonâ€™s Guy Smith held off Lucas Luhrâ€™s furious charge to win by just 0.083s.
by Gary Parravani Over 35,000 visitors to Silverstone witnessed Audi being crowned as the inaugural FIA World Endurance Manufacturer Champions as they claimed a first and third placed finish at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. Andre Lotterer, Marcel FĂ¤ssler and Benoit Treluyer in the nr1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro, followed up their victory at the 24 Heures du Mans in June with a win at the Home of British Motor Racing. Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action.
by Stephen Cox I'd like you to conduct an experiment. Go to your local racetrack this weekend. Makes no difference if it's a drag strip, oval or road course, big or small. Just go. Look around, estimate the average age of the fans and let me know what you find. Did you see a lot of kids there? Not likely. Racing fans are aging and there aren't enough new, young fans to take their place. Which begs an interesting question...At the Mecum Monterey auction last weekend, someone coughed up 5.5 million dollars to purchase the L&M Porsche 917/10 that won the Can Am championship more than forty years ago.
Closest finish in ALMS history for Dyson/Smith â€“ 0.083 seconds Guy Smith and Dyson Racing were on the other end this time around at Road America. A year after missing out by 0.112 seconds, Smith delivered victory for Dyson Racing on Saturday in the closest overall finish in the history of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron â€“ 0.083 seconds.
ALMS Muscle Milk Pickett Racing picked up their fifth American Le Mans Series pole position of the season on Friday during qualifying for tomorrow's Road America Road Race Showcase. Klaus Graf, who was on qualifying duty for Round 7 of the 2012 season, posted a fastest lap of one minute 50.191 seconds on his second timed lap around the 4.048-mile 14-turn road course. Graf's best time was 3.2 seconds faster than the second place #20 Dyson car.
by David Phillips - Mid-Ohio victory a much needed bright spot Rarely has a race driver savored a victory more than Marino Franchitti after teaming with Rudy Junco to pilot the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA FLM09 to a Prototype Challenge win two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio. Not only was it Franchittiâ€™s first win of the season, it came in just the second time he actually raced an automobile in competition in 2012.
by Adriano Manocchia The Izod IndyCar Series' best road-course racer finally returned to the top of the qualifying chart Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, ending a drought of seven sessions. Power ran a lap of 1 minute, 5.6474 seconds to win the Firestone Fast Six portion of qualifying. Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won the American Le Mans Series race Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Graf, from Germany, and Luhr, from Monaco, drove the Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing entry.
Corvetteâ€™s Gavin and Milner win in GT Muscle Milk Pickett Racingâ€™s completed its drive for five Saturday with a victory in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge and sixth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ˘n. Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the second year in a row and led for 108 of 123 laps in their No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a.
by Adriano Manocchia The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge & The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio doubleheader on August 3-5 highlight the summer schedule at Mid-Ohio. On Friday Team Penske driver Will Power, turned the fastest lap in opening practice for The Honda Indy 200. American Le Mans Series drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won the pole position for the ALMS race to be run Saturday. Adriano Manocchia captured these photos.
BMWâ€™s Muller takes GT pole at RLLâ€™s home track Lucas Luhr stood tallest Friday in qualifying for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge - a day of knockdown, drag-out fights throughout the five classes in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ˘n. The German set a time of 1:11.019 (114.460 mph) in Muscle Milk Pickett Racingâ€™s Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype to take pole position.
by Gary Parravani Phoenix Audi won the 24 Hours of Spa 2012 this weekend with an Audi R8 LMS Ultra. The winning drivers were Frank Stippler, Rene Rast and Andrea Piccini. It was an Audi one-two with the WRT Audi R8 LMS Ultra coming a very close second. Over 53,000 fans came to view the race and our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action.
by Stephen Cox A car was more than transportation when I was a kid. Your car represented who you were. Everyone knew what a car meant... freedom! The liberty to go where you want, to be with your friends and to get into mischief. An automobile was true, genuine freedom and every one of us wanted it. Not so anymore. The average high school kid is far more concerned with grabbing the latest iPad or the coolest cell phone than driving the right automobile.
ALMS Muscle Milk Pickett Racing won for the third straight year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a victory Sunday in the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ˘n. Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport in the No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a by more than 10 seconds over Dyson Racingâ€™s Chris Dyson and Guy Smith in their No. 16 Lola-Mazda coupe
ALMS Muscle Milk Pickett Racing scored a victory for the ages at Lime Rock Park on Saturday. Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf came from four laps down to win the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. It was the second victory at Lime Rock Park for the Muscle Milk team but first with Honda Performance Developmentâ€™s ARX-03a prototype. Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long won in GT for Flying Lizard Motorsports in a fantastic fight with Corvette Racing and Extreme Speed Motorsports.
Smith, Dyson Take Epic Lime Rock Qualifying Battle
ALMS at Lime Rock The Lime Rock weekendâ€™s first battle went to the home-track team. Guy Smith put Dyson Racing on pole position Friday for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix in an epic 15-minute session. Smith set a lap of 44.017 (120.553 mph) in Dyson Racingâ€™s Mazda-powered Lola coupe that he drives with Chris Dyson. All five classes set qualifying records on the 1.5-mile, eight-turn layout. The unquestioned highlight was the fast and furious fight between Smith and Lucas Luhr from Muscle Milk Pickett Racing. Luhr set a lap of 44.119 (120.275 mph) to end up just 0.102 seconds behind his chief rival.
by Gary Parravani Defending champions Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer overcame driving mistakes Sunday to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and give Audi its 11th title. Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander completed 336 laps to finish 17th overall in Ferrari No. 51 but first in the GTE class, three laps clear of Ferrari No. 59 driven by Dominik Farnbacher, Frederic Makowiecki and Jaime Melo. Our Gary Parravani was to capture these photos.
Audi take historic win at the 80th 24 Hours with R18
Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer lead 1-2-3 finish As the No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer-Marcel Fassler-Benoit Treluyer took the checkered flag at exactly 1500 hours, Audi Sport today secured their 11th victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But this was historic for a number of reasons as it was the first win at the worldâ€™s most famous endurance race by a hybrid-powered car, it was on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the 24 Hours.
Biggest sporting event in the world The start of the 80th Le Mans 24 hours will be given tomorrow at 15h00. It looks like the greatest endurance race in the world, the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, will be a cracking event. A quick roundup before the pack is unleashed in the wake of the pole sitter, the no. 1 Audi. In February of this year the prestigious American Company, the National Geographic, again classified the Le Mans 24 Hours as the no.1 sporting event in the world which all sports lovers should attend at least once in their lives.
ALMS Les 24 Heures du Mans is surely a trial of machine: cars are expected to race at top levels for 24-hours non-stop. But winning Les 24 Heures du Mans is really much more than a feat in mechanical engineering; it is an undeniable test of man and his limits. To stand on top of the podium in Le Mans, with the â€ś24â€ť trophy and the winning Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, demands not only hard work and sacrifice, but also true team spirit in order to come out on top.
Provisional pole sitter goes even faster Thursday night Last year's Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer won the first pole position for a hybrid car on the 80th running of the 24 Hours of LeMans. The German's #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro set a blistering 3m23.787s lap as last year's winning teammates (Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer) will start up front in their quest to win two straight. Toyota's broke up Audi's dominance up front with Anthony Davidson setting an impressive third fastest time overall.
'67 Le Mans Winning Mark IV Celebrated 45 Years Later
The greatest USA victory on foreign soil Forty-five years ago this past week, American racing history was made, and thus far has never been matched again. With the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, Racing in America reflects on the 45th anniversary of the Ford Mark IV claiming the second of four consecutive victories for Ford Motor Company cars at Le Mans, arguably the greatest American racing victory on foreign soil.
The glory days are born again at Le Mans this year Three decades on, Group C still has a powerful hold on the imagination of sports car fans. To celebrate the 80th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans ,the ACO has a 45-minute Group C race as an appetizer on Saturday morning. It did this before to rave reviews. As a special bonus, one Derek Bell â€“ 962-star extraordinaire â€“ will take to the Circuit Permanente du Sarthe in Martin Overingtonâ€™s Porsche 962 still wearing its Kenwood livery.
Wants to see DeltaWing race on after LeMans The upcoming race debut of the Nissan powered DeltaWing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans completes a remarkable year of hard work and dedication by the team at DeltaWing Racing Cars. But according to Managing Partner, Don Panoz, the assault on this yearâ€™s famous French enduro is not the finish line for 12 months of remarkable effort by the manufacturer and its partners including Nissan and Michelin, but the start of a unique future for the carâ€™s design.
by Gary Parravani Audi vanquished the opposition at the 2012 Nurburgring 24 Hours with a dominant 1-2 finish courtesy of customer squads Team Phoenix and Mamerow Racing. The race included carnage from multiple punctures in the early laps, as many as 17 GT3 cars running on the lead lap with nine hours already run. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action.
by Stephen Cox The 25th edition of Mecum's Spring Classic was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last week, producing high-dollar sales on some of the most desirable automobiles in the world. The real news to come from this auction was the announcement that a pair of historic racecars will sell at Mecum's Monterey event in August. The first car is a massive blockbuster.
R18 e-tron quattro In a month from now a prestigious success will be at stake for Audi. On June 16/17, a hybrid vehicle could be winning the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time. Electrified drive and quattro all-wheel drive - what looks like two different worlds at first glance has been merged into a technological synthesis by Audi. "Soon after the TDI phase had begun we started to think about the hybridization of a Le Mans sports prototype, when it was foreseeable that the regulations would open up this option," explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.
Carroll Shelby was part of Ford Family for 60 years
Video talking about winning LeMans in the 60s Carroll Shelby was a member of the Ford family for the better part of 60 years, producing stunning performance vehicles from concepts to production models. He once said his energy and passion for performance products were always strongest when he was working with Ford. Shelby most recently collaborated with the company on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, the most powerful production V8 in the world. Working with SVT engineers at Sebring and the Arizona Proving Grounds, at times he drove for more than eight hours â€“ at the ripe old age of 88. He was having so much fun, he didnâ€™t want to stop.
by Bob Heathcote Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf were untouchable Saturday in their Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Le Mans prototype, running away with the overall title at the American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Luhr and Graf were not challenged in the P1 class, beating the Dyson Racing entry driven by Guy Smith and Chris Dyson by 20 laps.
What a Day at Laguna: Vette Wins as GT Steals Show
Graf, Luhr win overall for second straight ALMS race Muscle Milk Pickett Racing cruised to its second straight victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. But another fabulous GT battle stole the show as Corvette Racingâ€™s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner also took their second consecutive class win. The last 90 minutes of the GT race undoubtedly was the highlight of the race.
by Bob Heathcote A home race for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will see the team start on pole position. Klaus Graf was the fastest qualifier for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by PatrÂ˘n on Friday with a lap of 1:13.573 (109.508 mph) in his Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype.
ALMS A home race for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will see the team start on pole position. Klaus Graf was the fastest qualifier for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patron on Friday with a lap of 1:13.573 o(109.508 mph) in his Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype. He and Lucas Luhr will try to deliver Muscle Milk its first victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
by Bob Heathcote Lucas Luhr ended a damp practice Friday morning with the fastest time in a two-hour session for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ˘n. The two-time ALMS winner at Long Beach set a time of 1:33.121 (76.082 mph) in Muscle Milk Pickett Racingâ€™s Honda Performance Development ARX-03a. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these photos.
by Pete McCole Topping their respective divisions during Fridayâ€™s opening qualifying rounds, Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana, Sr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) remained atop the leaderboards following Saturdayâ€™s qualifying for the 32nd Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event at Atlanta Dragway.
Audi R18 e-tron quattro to contest its first race The race debut of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend signifies the beginning of a new era at Audi. For the first time ever, a Le Mans sports car with diesel hybrid drive and two driven axles will compete in a race. For Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, this is arguably the most challenging project in the more than 30-year history of Audi Sport.
by Bob Heathcote The weather returned to a normal day in Long Beach California - sunny and nice as the IZOD IndyCars qualified, the Indy Lights drivers qualified, ALMS ran their Saturday feature event and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity drivers bumped and banged their way around the 1.97-mile street circuit. Our Bob Heathcote captured these photographs.
Graf, Luhr win again; Corvette takes landmark GT victory Fuel strategy won out at Long Beach on Saturday with Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr winning the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach for the second straight season. The Muscle Milk Honda Performance Development ARX-03a stopped twice during the raceâ€™s sole caution period and ran the final 56 minutes without another stop to win over Dyson Racing. The Graf-Luhr pairing became the first to repeat at Long Beach in the ALMSâ€™ six visits.
Qualifying washed out, grid set by championship points An unusual rainy day in southern California washed away qualifying for the Tequila PatrÂ˘n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. That left Dyson Racingâ€™s Mazda-powered Lola coupe on pole position for Saturdayâ€™s second round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. As a result of the inclement weather, championship points set the grid for the Saturdayâ€™s two-hour race on the 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit. Thanks to their P1 victory in the season-opener at Sebring, Guy Smith and Chris Dyson will start on the inside of the front row.
by Bob Heathcote On an unusual (for southern California) wet, windy and cold day in Long Beach California the IZOD IndyCars practiced, the Indy Lights drivers practiced, ALMS practiced and qualified and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity drivers practiced but their qualifying was rained out. Our Bob Heathcote captured these photographs.
FIA WEC opener showed close competition in all classes The 60th anniversary of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the opening round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, was an event full of tension all the way to the finish. After covering 325 laps at Sebring International Raceway, it was the Audi team of Tom Kristensen (DEN), Allan McNish (GBR) and Rinaldo Capello (ITA) that repeated their 2006 and 2009 victories.
McNish, Kristensen and Capello win 12 Hours of Sebring
ALMS Audi returned to victory at Sebring International Raceway for the first time since 2009 on Saturday with a convincing victory in the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish completed 301 laps in their Audi R18 to win by four laps in the opening round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Grid set for 2012 opener for ALMS, FIA WEC Andre Lotterer led an Audi sweep of the top three positions in qualifying Friday for the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. It was an expected result for the trio of diesel-powered prototypes, and Lotterer led the German factory squad with a lap of 1:45.820 (125.874 mph) in the Audi R18 he will drive with Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler. The three seek to add a Sebring victory to their win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year.
12 Hours of Sebring Tom Kristensenâ€™s Audi R18 was the only one of the three diesel-powered factory prototypes to emerge unscathed from a hectic nighttime practice session Thursday at Sebring International Raceway. The Dane made his fortunes count with the fastest time on the evening â€“ a 1:47.049 in the Audi R18 that he will share with Allan McNish and Dindo Capello in Saturdayâ€™s 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.
ALMS Over 60 teams made their way to Sebring International Raceway for this coming Saturdayâ€™s 60th edition of the 12-hour race, also the official opening round of this yearâ€™s FIA World Endurance Championship. â€śWe are honored to be the opening round of the new WEC,â€ť said Sebring International Raceway President and General Manager Tres Stephenson.
Audi Sport Team Joest ended Tuesday at Sebring International Raceway the same way it closed Monday â€“ with the top three times in testing for Americaâ€™s greatest sports car race. The Audi R18 of Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish set the best time of the day at 1:48.138 (124.508 mph) as all of the German factory prototypes were under the 1:49 mark.
ALMS Audi Sport Team Joestâ€™s Allan McNish set the best time of Mondayâ€™s opening test for the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The three-time winner of Americaâ€™s greatest sports car race set a time of 1:47.187 (125.612 mph) in the Audi R18 he will share with Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen. McNish led a trio of Audis at the top of the time sheets Monday afternoon.
Gianpiero Moretti - Witness to the times, Part 4 of 4
by Paolo D'Alessio and edited by Louis Galanos On the eve of MOMO's return to a full time racing program in the American Le Mans Series with MOMO NGT Motorsport, MOMO is pleased to bring you the last installment of the original story of its founder's career. Gianpiero Moretti, the man who helped define the term "gentleman racer," passed away in January at the age of 71, in Milan, Italy.
ALMS' premier event draws a big field On the 17th of March, Sebring International Raceway in Florida will host the opening round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, welcoming a large field of over 60 cars entered for the 60th anniversary of the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring. 2012 marks a very memorable motorsport year as all three major sports car endurance races are celebrating an anniversary: earlier this year, the Rolex 24 At Daytona held its 50th anniversary and later, in June, Les 24 Heures du Mans will have its 80th running.
Gianpiero Moretti - Witness to the times, Part 3 of 4
by Paolo D'Alessio and edited by Louis Galanos We are only less than a few days away from the return of MOMO to a full time racing program in the American Le Mans Series with MOMO NGT Motorsport. MOMO is pleased to share the original story of the career of its founder, Gianpiero Moretti. Gianpiero Moretti, the man who helped define the term "gentleman racer," passed away in January at the age of 71, in Milan, Italy.
Gianpiero Moretti - Witness to the times, Part 2 of 4
by Paolo D'Alessio and edited by Louis Galanos With less than a couple of weeks to go before the return of MOMO to a full time racing program in the American Le Mans Series with MOMO NGT Motorsport, MOMO is pleased to bring you the original story of the career of its founder, Gianpiero Moretti. Gianpiero Moretti, the man who helped define the term "gentleman racer," passed away in January at the age of 71, in Milan, Italy. Part 2 of this original story was written by Paolo D'Alessio and edited by Louis Galanos in Sports Car Digest on 20 May 2011 and is re-published here with his kind permission.
Gianpiero Moretti - Witness to the times, Part 1 of 4
by Paolo D'Alessio and edited by Louis Galanos Earlier this year, Gianpiero Moretti, the man who founded MOMO and helped define the term "gentleman racer," passed away at the age of 71 in Milan, Italy. Thanks to Paolo D'Alessio, here is Part 1 of the true original story of his racing career.
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