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Final 2016
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Dane Cameron 314
1 Eric Curran 314
2 Joao Barbosa 311
2 Christian Fittipaldi 311
3 Jordan Taylor 309
3 Ricky Taylor 309
4 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 282
5 Marc Goossens 273
6 Tom Long 258
6 Joel Miller 258
7 Tristan Nunez 257
7 Jonathan Bomarito 257
8 John Pew 255
9 Ryan Dalziel 247
10 Katherine Legge 247
11 Sean Rayhall 196
12 Scott Sharp 128
12 Johannes van Overbeek 128
12 Luis Felipe Derani 128
13 Olivier Pla 113
14 Max Angelelli 113
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 109
16 Spencer Pigot 95
17 Andy Meyrick 91
18 Filipe Albuquerque 88
19 Ed Brown 72
20 Ben Devlin 70
21 Scott Pruett 62
22 Simon Pagenaud 55
23 Rubens Barrichello 53
24 Nicolas Minassian 52
25 Byron DeFoor 46
25 Jim Pace 46
25 David Hinton 46
25 Dorsey Schroeder 46
26 Henrik Hedman 29
26 Nicolas Lapierre 29
27 Brendon Hartley 27
27 Andy Priaulx 27
27 Lance Stroll 27
27 Alex Wurz 27
28 Jonny Adam 26
29 Jamie McMurray 25
29 Scott Dixon 25
29 Tony Kanaan 25
29 Kyle Larson 25
30 Gabby Chaves 25
31 Thomas Gruber 24
32 Keiko Ihara 24
33 Maurizio Mediani 23
33 Kirill Ladygin 23
33 Mikhail Aleshin 23
34 AJ Allmendinger 21
35 Carlos de Quesada 21
35 Dominik Farnbacher 21
35 Cameron Lawrence 21
35 Daniel Morad 21
36 Andreas Wirth 20

Prototype Teams
1 #31 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 314
2 #5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 311
3 #10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING 309
4 #60 MICHAEL SHANK RACING 282
5 #90 VISITFLORIDA RACING 273
6 #70 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 258
7 #55 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 257
8 #0 PANOZ DELTAWING RACING 220
9 #2 TEQUILA PATRON ESM 128
10 #50 HIGHWAY TO HELP 46
11 #81 DRAGONSPEED 29
12 #01 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 27
13 #02 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 25
14 #37 SMP RACING 23
15 #24 ALEGRA MOTORSPORTS 21

Prototype Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 338
2 Ligier 324
3 Mazda 304
4 Oreca 56
5 BR 30
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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