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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

PC
1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

GTD
1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

PC
1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

GTLM
1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

GTD
1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
ALMS boss enthusiastic about '09 season

ALMS
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Scott Atherton
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.

Question: Some have said that the battle at Sebring this year in LMP1 could be one of the best battles ever seen in sports car racing. What are your thoughts?

Answer: I think you can easily make that argument. True, there have been great match-ups among great drivers and teams in the past, but I think you would have to go back to the peak of the IMSA GTP era - the early ’90s - to find a time when three of the world’s top automobile manufacturers have sent not one but two state-of-the-art race cars each to vie for the Sebring victory honors. Audi comes with an unparalleled race record and great drivers like McNish, Capello, Kristensen, Werner, Luhr and Rockenfeller who have won on every major world stage. And they come with a new, innovative state-of-the-art race car - the R15 TDI that has a mighty task in succeeding both the R8 and R10 TDI. Peugeot has fought Audi blow-for-blow the last few seasons in all the world’s great races from Sebring to Le Mans to Petit Le Mans and many times has had the faster car. But as we all know, in endurance racing faster does not always mean victory. I know Peugeot would like nothing better than to spoil the R15’s debut for Audi, and they certainly have the driver lineup to accomplish that. When you then add in a world-class racing program like Acura’s that has shown tremendous success and progress in LMP2 before moving two of its premier teams to LMP1, well you now have six cars that are likely to make this race one for the ages. But don’t be surprised if Intersport Racing with Jon and Clint Field and Chapman Ducote mounts a strong independent challenge. Autocon, too, as they have been testing and made some great progress in the offseason. So I expect a classic battle in LMP1 this year.

Q: What are you personally looking forward to in the 2009 season? 

A: [Laughing] I heard one sports executive answer the same question recently by saying “it being over”. But I don’t feel that way at all. Certainly this is going to be a bit of a different year with the economic challenges that everyone is facing. But I think it’s also going to be a year where we see the relevance of our positioning and the leadership we have taken in Green Racing enable us to aggressively move forward. There will be some very progressive things happening in the Series. We’re watching the progress of Acura as it steps up in class to LMP1. We’re thrilled to see the return of BMW to the Series under one of the great names in the racing business, Rahal Letterman Racing. We’re seeing Michelin, with its focus on performance and the environment, wrap its arms around our green racing initiatives with our newly branded MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge and its activation of that program. For the first time, we’ll see the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge as a featured element of all events with trophies presented each race to the top performing prototype and GT teams that score best in combined overall performance, fuel efficiency and environmental impact. And we have new corporate marketing partners joining us with premium brands like Mikimoto Pearls and others who will be announced in the very near future. All these examples and more - like Dyson Racing’s new partnership with Mazda - give us considerable momentum going into the start of the year and I look forward to seeing how that momentum will build. I truly think it will. When you consider the combination of our outstanding event promoters, our foundation of established and new teams, the auto manufacturers and marketing partners we work with and our green initiatives led by our collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and SAE International - we are in a league by ourselves. For sure we’ll have our challenges, but with that combination of assets and partners we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the year ahead.

Q: How will the challenge of the economy that you alluded to affect the Series, and what the fans will see this year?

A: Good question. As the presidential candidates often said during their campaigns - how about a little “straight talk”? We’re still going to provide world-class racing in an unmatched relevant, innovative and high-tech atmosphere, but we are not immune from the realities of the economy. The fact is we are going to have fewer cars on our grids than we had last season. However, I also expect we will see our entry counts consistently grow during the season. If people want to see the most sophisticated, progressively advanced and environmentally innovative race cars in the world race in head-to-head competition with constant passing and action, the American Le Mans Series will continue to be the only place where they can see that. And we are always working closely with our event promoters to bring new enhancements and value to the overall fan experience at the track. Certainly, this is an economic environment that has become more challenging, but I’ve been quite pleased with the innovation and creativity of many of our promoters. And if the advance sales at Sebring are any indication, we are going to have a very respectable season by every measure.

Q.: When the season winds down at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October, what needs to have happened this year for the American Le Mans Series to say it has had a successful season?

A: Another good question... I think four questions will have to be answered in the affirmative to confirm a successful season. One, did we deliver unprecedented value to all our stakeholders - fans, teams, manufacturers, sponsors, event promoters - all of them? Two, were we able to deliver a quality product of great, competitive racing that led to exciting championship battles in multiple classes? Three, did we obtain new, high-quality partners, ones who reflect our commitment to excellence, the environment and are ready to activate alongside us? And finally, did we move to the next level of automotive relevance and innovation within motorsports, and did we maintain our leadership position in this area? That means embracing even further the development of next-generation technology that not only enhances the performance of a race car, but more importantly translates to automotive innovation that impacts consumers in positive ways.

Before we end, I’d like to say this…

This sport was originally created by people who believed that the best way to get to a better tomorrow was to face the challenges of today head-on. It is evident that the manufacturers, teams, sponsors and event promoters who are with us during these very challenging times believe this too. Clearly our fans understand and believe this as well.

I am heartened by the fact that we all share the belief that the future belongs to those who innovate, regardless of the obstacles. We all know this approach depends on embracing change rather than resisting it - that’s what we’ve always been about.

So, despite all the negative economic news of the past six months, I still believe the best is yet to come for the American Le Mans Series and for those companies and corporate partners far-sighted enough to face the challenges that surround us all. Together we will innovate and we will prosper.

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