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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
Don Panoz looks back on 100 races

ALMS founder is proud
Friday, March 20, 2009

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Don Panoz
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, it’s here. And it’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.

“I never thought about 100 races from the beginning. The first race just occurred,” Panoz said overlooking the Sebring circuit, a venue he purchased and has invested in heavily over the years. “It was more focused on our initial agreement with the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) and rules stability.”

In early 1998, Panoz purchased licensing rights from the ACO to hold endurance races in North America branded with the Le Mans name and rules. What followed was the first Petit Le Mans in October of that year with the groundwork entrenched for the launch of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring in 1999.

“I thought I could bring stability to sports car racing,” Panoz said. “When I got to Sebring in 1998 and had acquired the track, we did some basic things like put in bathrooms and things like that. When I started to see that the fans actually noticed, then the confidence that we were on the right track grew stronger.”

As the Series has grown, so has its standing among motorsport fans worldwide, along with some of the most prestigious teams and manufacturers around the globe.

And it’s appropriate to ask Dr. Panoz his most vivid memories of the first 100 races.

“Audi coming to Sebring in 2000 with the R8 was a big moment,” he recalled. “I had been to Florida to see the car when it arrived and told Dr. (Wolfgang) Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport) that it would win everything in sight. Even someone like me who was still a novice could see that. But that’s exactly what they did.”

Not surprisingly, some of his most memorable Series moments revolve around the fierce competition and victories over some of the most established factory prototype efforts in sports car racing. “It was very satisfying for our team to compete against and beat the Audis and BMWs of the world,” he said. “There were some historic races and finishes like at Washington D.C. in 2002, and winning at the Nurburgring in 2000 was a great moment. But that’s from a race team perspective.

“As far as the Series, to get our first races at Road America and Mid-Ohio was great, just like Long Beach. Some of the biggest keys for the Series early was to gain the trust and confidence of the promoters,” Panoz said. “Once we accomplished that, those great venues fell into place.”

Panoz often talks about his dream of building the American Le Mans Series into what is now. He is confident in the Series’ direction of a relevant, environmentally responsible championship that continually provides its fans and stakeholders an unmatched motorsport experience.

And his vision and desire are what will propel the Series well beyond race No. 200…

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