The shock of the new....and the familiar
by David Phillips
On the face of it, 2009 shapes up as a â€œnewâ€ season for Chris Dyson. Thereâ€™s Dyson Racingâ€™s new relationship with Mazda announced last week that will see the team running a brace of LMP2 Lola B08/86-Mazda MZR-Rs in the 2009 American Le Mans Series; make that two LMP2 Lola B08/86-Mazda MZR-Rs sponsored by BP Petroleum. Then thereâ€™s the teamâ€™s new headquarters facility.
Porsche loses Bob Carlson to cancer
Loved by one and all
With extremely heavy hearts, Porsche Cars North America and the Public Relations Department share the sad news that Bob Carlson passed away today. Arguably Porscheâ€™s biggest fan and, to anyone who was fortunate enough to spend time with Bob, a genuine and generous soul, today Porsche has lost a dear family member, one who truly had Porsche and motorsports in his blood. Bob succumbed to his long battle with cancer today.
The changing face of LMP2
by David Phillips
The past couple of seasons have seen LMP2 vie with GT2 as the most fiercely-contested class in the American Le Mans Series. Acuraâ€™s entry into the category in 2007 (and its remarkable debut victory at Sebring) triggered a head-to-head confrontation with Porsche that produced some of the best prototype racing in years.
Rolex Testing at Daytona - Day 2
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 competitors finished off the two-day November Test Days on Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway, learning much about the 2009-specification Pirelli P Zero tires and coming away with sufficient track time.
Grand-Am Rolex Series October Test at Daytona - Day 3
After three days of the October Test Days at Daytona International Speedway, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 drivers and teams will focus their efforts on next month's two-day test Nov. 11-12 on the 2009 Pirelli tires. Twenty-four cars were on the grounds Monday morning, and several cars spent all three days on the track in conditions and temperatures seen more regularly during the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The test was the final time teams were using the 2008 Pirelli P Zeros.
Scenes from Laguna Seca - Saturday 1
Scenes from Laguna Seca - Saturday 2
Werner and Luhr claim overall victory for Audi
ALMS Season Finale
Marco Werner and Lucas Luhr ended their championship season in fitting style Saturday with an overall victory for Audi Sport North America in the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by PatrÂ¢n. Werner passed Emanuele Pirro on a restart with 26 minutes left and won by 1.941 seconds at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was the sixth overall victory of the season and eighth LMP1 victory of the season for the new class champions.
All-Acura front row in Monterey
ALMS season finale
Howâ€™s this for a comeback? David Brabham took the pole position for the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by PatrÂ¢n at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday with a record-breaking run in PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racingâ€™s Acura ARX-01b. Brabhamâ€™s time of 1:10.103 (114.928 mph) put the Acura prototype that he will share with Scott Sharp out front for the start of the seasonâ€™s final race.
Scenes from Laguna Seca - Friday
Scenes from Laguna Seca - Thursday
Scenes from Road Atlanta - Saturday
Scenes from Road Atlanta - Friday
Audi storms to another Petit LeMans win
The battle that everyone expected at Petit Le Mans powered by the Totally New MAZDA6 lived up to its billing. Audi remained unbeaten at Road Atlanta as Allan McNish, Dindo Capello and Emanuele Pirro spotted the field two laps at the start of the race but came back for a stunning victory in the 11th annual 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic.
Scenes from Road Atlanta - Thursday
Record breaking day at Road Atlanta
ALMS Petit LeMans qualifying
All four classes set qualifying records Friday at Petit Le Mans powered by the Totally New MAZDA6, highlighted by Stephane Sarrazinâ€™s run to the overall pole position for Saturdayâ€™s 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic at Road Atlanta. Sarrazinâ€™s time of 1:06.242 (138.039 mph) nipped Audi Sport North Americaâ€™s Allan McNish by 0.085 seconds as the battle between the two marques intensified even more.
Atherton lays out 5-year plan for ALMS
ALMS State of the Series Address
Having already established itself as the Global Leader in Green Racing, Scott Atherton - President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series - wasted little time in his State of the Series address Friday providing a vision he believes will allow the Series to attain leadership in other areas as well. The ALMS has established an unmatched leadership role in the area of Green Racing with the unprecedented direct involvement and support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Scenes from Road Atlanta - Wednesday
Titles on the line at Petit LeMans
by David Phillips
While attention is rightly focused on a variety of facets associated with Petit Le Mans Powered by the Totally New MAZDA6 ranging from a boffo entry featuring perhaps the most technologically diverse and ambitious field of sports car machinery ever assembled to the inaugural Green Challenge and a bevy of former Indy 500 winners, letâ€™s not forget thereâ€™s still some championships on the line at Road Atlanta and, in a fortnight, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Petit LeMans Pre-Race Notebook
The entry list for Petit Le Mans powered by the Totally New MAZDA6 continues to take shape with several teams adding drivers to their lineups for the annual 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic at Road Atlanta. The American Le Mans Seriesâ€™ founding event gets the green flag at 11:15 a.m. ET on Saturday, October 4.
Rolex Series Champs Feted
Grand-Am Awards Banquet
The top performers of 2008 were honored Monday night at the Bellagio Resort before a record crowd in the annual Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Champions Banquet. Champions Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Kelly Collins, Paul Edwards, Pontiac and Riley won major accolades at the gala fete. "This is the biggest banquet we've had yet," said Grand-Am President Roger Edmondson. "This is our fourth year in Las Vegas, and every year it gets bigger and better.
Matos wins Utah Grand-Am; Pruett, Rojas DP Champs
Grand-Am Rolex Series
Ex-Champ Car Atlantic champion and current Firestone Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos bookended the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season. After winning the GT class in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona back in January, Matos made his return to the series by winning in his first Daytona Prototype start.
Zonta Garners First Career Grand-Am Rolex Series Pole
At Miller Motorsports Park
It's been a learning season for Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 rookie Ricardo Zonta, racing on unfamiliar circuits while his team developed a new Daytona Prototype chassis. Friday, it all came together on the final lap of qualifying, as the Brazilian Formula One veteran captured the pole for the 2008 season finale in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola.
Scenes from New Jersey - Sunday
New Jersey: Negri holds off Angelelli
Oswaldo Negri Jr. held off Max Angelelli by 0.459 seconds Sunday to win the first professional feature race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the Supercar Life 250, while Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas clinched the Daytona Prototype team championship with a ninth-place finish in a backup car.
Scenes from Detroit - Saturday
Detroit: Rossiter and Montagny lead Acura 1-2-3
Andretti Green Racing fulfilled the promise and potential it showed all season with its first overall victory in the American Le Mans Series on Saturday. James Rossiter and Franck Montagny won the Detroit Sports Car Challenge as Acura swept the overall podium for the first time.
Scenes from NJ Motorsports Park - Saturday
New Jersey: Frisselle wins first ever pole at NJMP
Mark J. Cipolloni/Grand-Am
Mark Wilkins put his name in the record books as winning the first ever pole position for a major series race at the new 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park outside of Millville, NJ. when he drove his AIM Autosport Ford/Riley to a lap of 1m11.761s to snatch pole position from Michael Valiante in the SunTrust Pontiac Dallara by 0.262s for the Rolex Daytona Prototype cars.
Scenes from Detroit - Friday
Detroit: Brabham puts Highcroft Acura on pole
It has turned out to be quite a day for PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racing. David Brabham captured the overall pole position for the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, only hours after Acura announced that PatrÂ¢n Highcroft would be one of its two LMP1 entries for the 2009 American Le Mans Series season.
New Jersey: Ruby Tuesday team tops Friday practice
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team drivers Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand led the opening day of official practice Friday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, starting the Round 14 weekend for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
Acura makes jump up to LMP1 class in 2009
Acura Motorsports will enter the LMP1 class in the 2009 American Le Mans Series, company officials announced today. Acuraâ€™s entry into the most powerful and technically advanced division in ALMS will feature two Acura ARX-02a prototype sports cars developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD).
Acura: To LMP1 or not to LMP1
One of the big questions of this yearâ€™s American Le Mans Series figures to be resolved at this weekendâ€™s Detroit Sports Car Challenge Presented by Bosch, namely, Acuraâ€™s plans for the 2009 season, in particular whether Acura will join the LMP1 fray. And if so, with which team or teams and how many cars?
Audi prevails at Mosport
Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner captured their third straight overall victory, Audi went 1-2 overall and Acura took the top two spots on the LMP2 podium for the first time since Sebring in 2007 on a thrilling day at Mosport International Raceway. Luhr crossed the finish line 21.392 seconds ahead of teammate Emanuele Pirro as Gil de Ferran ran out of fuel on the last lap while leading in class. That sent David Brabham and Scott Sharp to their fourth class victory of the season.
Scenes from Infineon Raceway - Saturday
Valiante and Angelelli dominate at Infineon
The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) driven by Michael Valiante and Max Angelelli won round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 at Infineon Raceway today. The No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac of Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney came home in second giving Pontiac a one-two finish.
Capello leads record-breaking day at Mosport
Audi Sport North Americaâ€™s Dindo Capello made Mosport International Raceway the fastest circuit in the American Le Mans Series with a stunning lap time of 1:04.318 (138.116 mph) in qualifying Saturday for the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. Capello smashed his own previous record at the track by 1.735 seconds, one of 10 cars to go under last yearâ€™s pole time.
Frisselle disqualified, Valiante wins Grand-Am pole
Michael Valiante was awarded his third Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 pole position of the season in Friday's qualifying for the Armed Forces Grand-Am 250 at Infineon Raceway. Valiante ran a lap of 1:25.957 (103.447 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara.
A win-win-win situation for ALMS
by David Phillips
At Mid-Ohio a few weeks ago an old friend from the CART/Champ Car days observed - with more than a hint of condescension - one reason the American Le Mans Series has developed a fair degree of momentum is that â€œwith four classes, everybody gets to win. If weâ€™d run Formula Atlantic and Champ Cars together weâ€™d have had 35- and 40-car grids, too.â€
Scenes from Road America - Saturday
Audis roll on again in Generac 500 at Road America
Audi scored its second straight 1-2 finish in the American Le Mans Series with Marco Werner and Lucas Luhr scoring a 2.463-second victory in their diesel-powered Audi R10 TDI over the sister car of Marcel FÃ¤ssler and Emanuele Pirro. Werner passed race leader David Brabham on Road Americaâ€™s long frontstretch for the lead with 20 minutes left.
Scenes from Road America - Friday
Frisselle and Wilkins bring AIM Second Victory
One week after scoring an improbable first victory in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, AIM Autosport made victory number two look easy Friday night at Watkins Glen International. Brian Frisselle and Mark Wilkins led 78 of the 82 laps to win the Crown Royal 200, Round 12 of the 2008 Rolex Series season showcasing the Daytona Prototypes.
Luhr puts Audi on pole at Road America
Will the fourth time be the charm for Lucas Luhr? Audiâ€™s German factory driver certainly hopes so. Luhr earned his fourth career pole position at Road America on Friday and was the fastest overall qualifier for the Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable. His lap of 1:46.935 (136.277 mph) gave him a 0.41-second margin over Andretti Green Racingâ€™s Franck Montagny.
Frisselle Blisters Grand-Am Qualifying Record
One week after scoring his first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory, Brian Frisselle captured his first career pole position Thursday in qualifying for the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen, shattering the Watkins Glen International 2.45-mile short course record in the process.
Montreal: Closest finish in history of Grand-Am
Close finishes continue to be a common occurrence in the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season, and Fridayâ€™s Montreal 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve became the closest in series history. Canadian Mark Wilkins, a native of Toronto, passed another Toronto-born driver Darren Law and Spanish driver Antonio Garcia on the final of 69 laps.
Pruett, Rojas Thrive in the Heat in Birmingham
Scott Pruett loves winning close finishes. One race after scoring the closest finish in the history of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, Pruett beat Darren Law to the stripe by .341 seconds to win the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, the fourth-closest finish in the Daytona Prototype division.
Scenes from Mid-Ohio - Saturday
Mid-Ohio: Audi reigns on Acuras parade
The Audi team finished 1-2 in today's Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, thereby spoiling Acuras efforts to get a win in the race with their name on it. Lucas Luhr won by 7.7 seconds over the sister Audi driven by Emanuele Pirro. Romain Dumas was 3rd in the Penske Porsche ahead of the two Acuras of David Brabham and Adrian Fernandez.
Valiante Breaks Rolex Series Qualifying Track Record
Michael Valiante broke the Barber Motorsports Park four-year-old track record with a lap of 1:20.521 (102.830 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara to win the pole position for Sunday's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, Round 10 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
Gil de Ferran back on pole at Mid-Ohio
Gil de Ferran won his third straight pole position at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Fridayâ€¦seven years apart. The storybook debut season for De Ferran Motorsports continued with de Ferranâ€™s first pole in the American Le Mans Series, a record-breaking 1:07.969 (119.596 mph) for the Acura Sports Car Challenge.
Brabham and Sharp win at Lime Rock
David Brabham did it again. Another late-race pass meant victory in the American Le Mans Series, this time a historic first overall victory for Acura and PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racing. Brabham passed Penske Racingâ€™s Timo Bernhard with 90 seconds left Saturday to win the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix with Scott Sharp.
David Brabham puts Patron Acura on pole
ALMS at Lime Rock
With a blistering final lap of 46.696 seconds in this afternoon's qualifying session at Lime Rock Park, David Brabham brought home PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racing's first pole of the 2008 American Le Mans Series season. He passed Simon Pagenaud in the #66 Acura on the penultimate lap, with a time of 47.062 seconds, -- securing the grid's top spot for tomorrow's race.
Pruett Makes Last Lap Pass to Win at Daytona
Scott Pruett won the closest finish in Grand-Am Rolex Series history Thursday night at Daytona by 0.081-second with a pass of Alex Gurney coming out of the final turn. The move to win the race was made on the high side of the No.99 car and gave the No.01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) team its fifth visit to victory lane.
Scenes from Grand-Am Cup ST race at Mid-Ohio - Sun.
Scenes from Mid-Ohio - Saturday
Fogarty and Gurney shine in the rain at Mid Ohio
While it poured Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley of Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney found a ray of sunshine. Gurney passed Matt Plumb on the outside with nine laps remaining in the 76-lap (two hours and 45 minutes) race and went on to win his first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory of 2008.
Scenes from Mid-Ohio: Friday
Cong Fu Cheng: Stars in his eyes
First Chinese driver to compete at LeMans
Cong Fu Cheng, the first Chinese driver to ever participate in the 24 Heures du Mans truly made his mark and the 2008 edition. Cheng came in to the race with very clear objectives: "I didn't just want to be the first of my people to participate in the legendary 24 Heures du Mans, I wanted to finish the race and achieve the best finish possible."
Scenes from 24 Hours of LeMans
Audi defeats Peugeot at LeMans
24 Hour Endurance classic
Alan McNish finally got his Rolex at Les 24 Heures du Mans after a tough fight to victory in the legendary 24-hour race. McNish's Audi team fought hard to overcome the three Peugeots ahead on the grid, eventually took the lead after thirteen hours and never looked back, winning in front of 285,500 spectators.
A journey through the night at LeMans
24 Hour Endurance classic
The 24 Heures du Mans are always held the weekend closest to the shortest night of the year in France, the 21st of June. In fact, there is something magic about the moment the race passes from day into night- it becomes a wholly different challenge, and as they say, it is the stuff that legends are made of.
LeMans at 12 Hour Mark: Peugeot still leads Audi
24 Hours of LeMans classic
At the halfway of the 76th 24 Hours of Le Mans, Peugeot and Audi kept up their chase with former F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve leading in the No. 7 Peugeot 908 over Audiâ€™s Dindo Capello, driving the No. 2 Audi R10 TDI that he is sharing with Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen.
LeMans: Peugeot remains fastest
In final qualifying
Peugeot have taken this year's qualifying by storm and when the checkered flag fell they occupied a very impressive 1st, 2nd and 3rd in LMP1. The Audis did begin to speed up towards the end of the session but pole is safe for the #8 Team Peugeot Total, Peugeot 908 HDI FAP driven by Lamy, Sarrazin and Wurz.
Three Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs on top at Le Mans
Peugeot catches Audi asleep
The 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours kicked off this evening with the first of the week's two qualifying sessions, and the three Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs were immediately on the pace to collect the top three places on the provisional grid. StÃ©phane Sarrazin was the fastest man on the track today, posting a blistering 3m 18.513s for Team Peugeot Total with the NÂ°8 car, a stunning improvement of 7.831s over his pole-winning time for Peugeot in 2007.
LeMans: Peugeot set to blow Audi's doors off
by Mark J. Cipolloni
It's only Wednesday, and today was only Day 1, but rest assured, the only team that will beat Peugeot in this year's 24 Hours of LeMans is Peugeot itself. Peugeot set such a quick pace in the first qualifying session for this weekend's LeMans 24 Hours, the Audis appeared to be standing still. Stephane Sarrazin, in the No.8 car, lapped eight seconds quicker than last year's pole time.
Audi vs. Peugeot the headline again
at 24 Hours of LeMans
Thereâ€™s little doubt that Audi will face the biggest challenge of its Le Mans career this week. Just ask anyone involved with Audi Sport, and they will confirm it. The second diesel showdown in the worldâ€™s greatest motor race sees three R10 TDIs from the Audi camp matched up against a trio of diesel challengers from Peugeot, a year after Audiâ€™s 10-lap victory in a rain-soaked 24 Hours.
Pruett, Rojas Brave the Heat at The Glen
Iron man Scott Pruett braved the heat at Watkins Glen International Saturday, running the final three hours to win the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Round 7 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Pruett passed Ricardo Zonta on a restart with 45 minutes remaining and went on to score his fourth victory in six Daytona Prototype races
SunTrust Pontiac on pole at The Glen
Max Angelelli drove his SunTrust Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) to pole position for tomorrowâ€™s round six of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 race to be run at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Paul Edwards will start from the front row in GT in his Pontiac GXP.R.
Scenes from Atlantic race - Laguna Seca
Penske Racing Porsches finish 1-2 in Utah Grand Prix
ALMS at Miller Motorsports Park
Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard gave Porsche and Penske Racing their second straight victory at Miller Motorsports Park with a 1-2 finish for the two Porsche RS Spyders. Dumas took the checkered flag in front of Patrick Long in the Larry H. Miller Utah Grand Prix. Dumas and Bernhard captured their first overall victory for Penske since a season-opening win at Sebring.
Dalziel Steers SAMAX to Maiden Grand-Am Victory
Scotlandâ€™s Ryan Dalziel took the lead from Scott Pruett on a three-wide pass on Lap 76 and held off Marc Goossens by 1.504 seconds to give SAMAX its first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory in Saturday's RumBum.com 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Scenes from Grand-Am race at Laguna Seca
Bernhard and Porsche storm to Utah pole
Timo Bernhard stole the thunder from Gil de Ferran and de Ferran Motorsports at Miller Motorsports Park with a stunning pole position run for Porsche and Penske Racing in qualifying for the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels. Bernhard turned a lap of 1:31.050 (120.514 mph) in the Porsche RS Spyder he will share with Romain Dumas.
Q and A with new ALMS driver Gil de Ferran
New American Le Mans Series driver and team owner Gil de Ferran spoke with the media regarding the debut of the de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-01b. De Ferran, a two-time CART champion and former Indy 500 winner, will team with Simon Pagenaud at Miller Motorsports Park in the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels.
Pruett Holds on for Third Victory for Lexus/Toyota
Grand-Am at VIR
Catching Scott Pruett is one thing. Passing him is another. Pruett held off a stiff challenge from Ryan Dalziel to win Sunday's Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway by .548 seconds. It was the third victory in four 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 races for Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No. 01 SAMAX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley.
What a day for Highcroft Patron team at Long Beach
When David Brabham took the checkered flag and LMP2 victory in the Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach on Saturday, it marked an impressive list of accomplishments for Brabham and teammate Scott Sharp, PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racing and Acura.
Scenes from Long Beach - Saturday ALMS
Audis 1-2 in Long Beach thriller
Audi Sport North America scored a surprising victory on Saturday in the Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series as Marco Werner and Lucas Luhr recorded their second straight win with a stunning performance. The Audi R10 TDI claimed its maiden victory on the streets of southern California.
Rojas Puts Lexus On Pole at Mexico City 250
Hometown hero Memo Rojas grabbed the pole by two one-thousandths of a second in Friday's qualifying for the Mexico City 250 to give Lexus its first pole position of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Rojas' pole was his first in the No. 01 Telmex Lexus. He and teammate Scott Pruett will look for the team's second Mexico City win from the pole in the last three years on Saturday.
Bernhard puts Penske Porsche on pole in Long Beach
LMP2 cars 1-2-3-4-5
Penske Porsche driver Timo Bernhard won the pole position for Saturday's American LeMans Series race on the streets of Long Beach, California. Bernhard just beat the Acuras of Luis Diaz and David Brabham. The other Penske Porsche of Patrick Long rounded out the top-5.
De Ferran Motorsports reveal Panasonic and Pagenaud
Former Indy 500 winner and two-time CART Champion Gil de Ferran today unveiled details of de Ferran Motorsportsâ€™ Acura ARX-01b bid for the LMP2 class championship in the 2008 American Le Mans Series. Team owner and driver, Gil de Ferran, will team up with 23-year-old ex-Champ Car Atlantic champion Simon Pagenaud for the remainder of the 2008 American Le Mans Series.
Scenes from Long Beach: Thursday
Penske Preparation: A key to success
One of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time, John Wooden once said, â€œI think very definitely it's the little things that make the big things happen. It's putting your shoes on properly. It's getting the wrinkles out of your socks so you won't get blisters. Those are important things.â€ So how does that relate to motorsport? One of the great â€œcoachesâ€ in the auto racing industry is Roger Penske.
Scenes from St. Pete - Saturday
Audi defeats Porsche in St. Pete
Audiâ€™s Lucas Luhr passed Romain Dumas on a restart with three minutes left Saturday to give Audi a victory in the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg presented by XM Satellite Radio, its first overall victory of 2008. Luhr teamed with Marco Werner in Audi Sport North Americaâ€™s No. 2 Audi R10 TDI as the German manufacturer won on the streets of St. Petersburg for the second straight season.
Werner puts Audi on St. Pete pole
Marco Wernerâ€™s affinity for street circuits shone again Friday. The Audi factory driver captured the overall pole position for Saturdayâ€™s Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg presented by XM Satellite Radio with a record run, besting Penske Racingâ€™s Romain Dumas as Audi looked to regain its winning ways in the American Le Mans Series.
Setzer Takes Hamilton Racing Back To Victory Lane
For the first time since the late Bobby Hamilton won at Mansfield, Ohio, in 2005, Dennis Setzer took Bobby Hamilton Racing back to victory lane. "This win right here is for Bobby Hamilton only -- he is the man!" shouted crew chief Marcus Richmond after Setzer, who had run 173 laps since his final pit stop, crossed the finish line with trucks wrecking in his wake.
Pruett and Rojas win again
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas extended their Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 point lead Saturday with their second straight win in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley, in the GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
200+ photos from the 12 Hours of Sebring
Penske Porsche defeats Acura team at Sebring
As LMP2 class sweeps Sebring classic
The 2007 American Le Mans Series was a magical one for Penske Racing. The 2008 season may be even better if Saturday was any indication. Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Emmanuel Collard drove to an historic overall win at the 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.
Audis lead Sebring at halfway mark
Audiâ€™s two R10 TDIs sat 1-2 at the halfway point of the 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida on Saturday afternoon with Marco Werner leading Dindo Capello by 13.177 seconds. The two diesel entries were the first of five cars on the lead lap as the season-opening race for the American Le Mans Series entered the seventh hour.
More photos from Sebring Thursday
McNish, Audi win pole for Sebring 12 Hour race
Allan McNish gave Audi pole position for Saturdayâ€™s 56th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida after the grid for the season-opening race for the American Le Mans Series was set by practice times. Because the prototype field had less than 10 minutes of green-flag qualifying time, the results from the session were disallowed.
Atherton & Mayer: In their own words
Proving that there really is no offseason, the leadership of the American Le Mans Series has been hard at work over the winter to fortify the Series for the 2008 season. Scott Atherton and Tim Mayer have been at the forefront as the Series has added new teams, manufacturers and a Green Racing platform that has established the Series as the benchmark among all forms of motorsport in the world. They took some time to visit with media members at the annual Winter Test at Sebring to discuss a few items.
Chip Ganassi Racing Pulls Off Rolex 24 Three-Peat
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates continued their dominance of the Rolex 24 sports car race winning their third straight overall victory on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway with the team of Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Dario Franchitti.
Rolex 24 At Daytona Hour 15: Allmendinger sittin' pretty
As the rain pelted historic Daytona International Speedway 15 hours into the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona, AJ Allmendinger piloted his No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley to the front of the pack in the 46th running of the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona. Dario Franchitti was 2nd.
Michael Shank Racing to start 1-2 for Rolex 24
Michael Shank Racing used Ford power to sweep the front row Thursday during qualifying for the 46th running of Rolex 24 At Daytona, which starts at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday, for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Oswaldo Negri Jr. drove his No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley to a lap time of 1:40.793 (127.151 mph) around the 3.56-mile road course.
How Safe Is Too Safe?
by Adriano Manocchia
There was a time when drivers had to be one part skillful, two parts crazy. Seat belts were for sissies, fires were commonplace, and death was just a part of the sport's landscape. And the tracks were just as bad. Speeds were fast and errant cars weren't stopped so much by gravel traps as they were by trees.
ALMS going green in a big way
The American Le Mans Series reaffirmed its position as motorsportsâ€™ global leader in alternative fuels today by announcing that it is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy and SAE International to incorporate â€œgreen racingâ€ principles into its 2008 racing season. The American Le Mans Series will be the first motorsports series to meet the criteria for green racing being developed by these groups.
O'Connell Leads Final Day of Testing at Daytona
The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 completed a successful January Test Days on Sunday, setting the stage for the 46th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 25-27 with three days of on-track testing at Daytona International Speedway. Johnny O'Connell topped the Sunday afternoon time charts on the third and final day of the test, circulating the 12-turn, 3.56-mile infield road course in 1:42.396 (125.194 mph) behind the wheel of the No. 91 Riley-Mathews Motorsports Pontiac Riley.
Montoya Leads First Day Grand-Am Rolex Series Test
Opening Day of testing at Daytona for Grand-Am
The 2008 international racing season officially got underway today at Daytona International Speedway as 61 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 machines turned the first laps of the season in preparation for the 46th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Today's opening day of the three-day January Test Days saw 15 Daytona Prototypes better the pole time of 1:43.475 set by Alex Gurney one season ago.