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1 Joao Barbosa 220
1 Christian Fittipaldi 220
2 Dane Cameron 216
2 Eric Curran 216
3 Jordan Taylor 211
3 Ricky Taylor 211
4 Marc Goossens 197
5 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 191
6 Jonathan Bomarito 183
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9 John Pew 164
10 Sean Rayhall 120
11 Johannes Van Overbeek 95
11 Scott Sharp 95
11 Luis Felipe Derani 95
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 84
13 Max Angelelli 82
14 Olivier Pla 77
15 Spencer Pigot 72
15 Ed Brown 72
16 Ben Devlin 70
17 Andy Meyrick 67
18 Scott Pruett 62
19 Filipe Albuquerque 61
20 Rubens Barrichello 53

1 #5 Action Express Racing 220
2 #31 Action Express Racing 216
3 #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 211
4 #90 Visitflorida.Com Racing 197
5 #60 Michael Shank Racing 191
6 #55 Mazda Motorsports 183
7 #70 Mazda Motorsports 179
8 #0 Panoz Deltawing Racing 144
9 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 95
10 #50 Highway To Help 46
11 #81 Dragonspeed 29
12 #01 Ford Chip Ganassi 27
13 #02 Ford Chip Ganassi 25
14 #37 Smp Racing 23
15 #24 Porsche Centre Oakville 21

1 Chevrolet 236
2 Honda 227
3 Mazda 212
4 Bmw 56
5 Ford 30
Brabham and Sharp lead Acura sweep in St. Pete

Saturday, April 4, 2009


The winning Patron Highcroft car of Brabham and Sharp
David Brabham and Scott Sharp scored an overall victory for Acura at the aptly named Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg on Saturday as the auto manufacturer swept both prototype classes in the second round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series.

Brabham and his Acura ARX-02a finished 32.150 seconds ahead of Adrian Fernandez as Acura took the top two overall positions. Fernandez was the LMP2 winner for the second straight race with Luis Diaz in Lowe’s Fernandez Racing’s Acura ARX-01b.

Saturday’s victory was the first for the new ARX-02a entry for LMP1.

“I can’t say enough about the whole job HPD (Honda Performance Development) and Wirth Research have done with this car,” Sharp said. “I stepped into the P2 car last year and it was pretty much sorted. Everything on this car is new, and we’ve come a long way in three or four months. We all feel that this car has tremendous promise and will only get stronger and faster and better.”

Sharp ran second to de Ferran Motorsports’ Acura and Gil de Ferran for much of his stint. After an early spin, Sharp took massive chunks per lap out of de Ferran’s lead in the closing minutes of the opening stint. He pitted under caution - the only one of the day that came out when Joel Feinberg crashed his Dodge Viper Competition Coupe at the 53-minute mark - and handed off to Brabham, who passed Fernandez eight minutes after the restart.

The Patr¢n Highcroft Acura went on without a hitch while the de Ferran Acura struggled with electrical and fuel pump issues that sidelined Simon Pagenaud with about 15 minutes remaining. With a comfortable margin over Fernandez, Brabham still had to cope with a dangerous first turn every lap, one that was especially greasy.

“Scott had a very strong car and did a very good job of pressuring de Ferran which I think caused him to pit early I think,” Brabham said. “If you pit early like that it puts you in danger if a yellow comes out, and that worked in our favor. I had to push but not push too hard; I went into Turn 1 sliding a few times. It may have looked easy but it really was not.”

Acura became the first auto manufacturer to win both prototype classes in the same race. Brabham and Sharp won their second overall event together, the first coming last July at Lime Rock Park. They have five class victories together with four in LMP2 together last year.

Fernandez and Diaz were a lap clear of Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith and Chris Dyson in the team’s first Mazda-powered Lola B09/86. The second entry of Butch Leitzinger and Marino Franchitti were third after a mid-race stop to replace a punctured right-front tire.

“The team has done a great job preparing this car,” said Diaz, who teamed with Fernandez to win in class at the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring two weeks ago. “We haven’t had any problems, even in practice. Everyone wants to win so badly. We worked very hard to be physically ready for this season. Michelin also gave us great tires even with the tough conditions out there.”

The Lowe’s Fernandez entry never trailed Saturday, a picture of efficiency. It was the same story as Sebring where the team didn’t miss a beat. Diaz qualified on the class pole Friday to follow Fernandez’s class pole run at Sebring. It is a stark contrast to last season where everything that could go wrong - more often than not - did.

“This is a race we should have won two years ago,” Fernandez said. “Luis was leading the race and was trying to lap another car, and then we were penalized. Last year we had a fantastic race at Sebring, at Laguna Seca, at Road America, at Lime Rock…it was amazing to see how badly things went last year. This proves that we are tough competitors. We can see the Mazdas getting stronger, and we know Dyson will catch up because they have so much experience.”

Intersport Racing’s Clint Field, Jon Field and Chapman Ducote were second in P1 driving their AER-powered Lola B06/10. They finished ahead of the pole-sitting de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a, which finished the race stranded on course with electrical problems.

The winning Flying Lizard Porsche GT2 winner
Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister won in GT2 by two laps in their Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The pairing, class champions together in 2005, gave Porsche its first victory at St. Petersburg after wins by Ferrari in 2007 and 2008.

Long drove the opening stint and was one of the last drivers to pit, coming in to bring out the race’s lone caution period. He had gained a lap over the rest of the field and increased that advantage when he went around the safety car as it picked up overall leader Fernandez prior to the restart.

“We expected more yellows, and when that didn’t happen strategies got a little different,” Long said. “At one point when I was behind some slower cars I called in a question to our strategist (Thomas Blam) about diving down at one point to avoid being in traffic. He said to stay out, and Thomas’ call did pay off.”

Dirk Müller and Tommy Milner were second in GT2 class as Müller picked up two positions in the final 15 minutes driving one of BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team’s BMW M3s. He was more than 15 seconds ahead of Panoz Team PTG’s Dominik Farnbacher, who drove the Panoz Esperante GTLM with Ian James. The pairing finished third for the second straight race.

Although it wasn’t clearly evident after qualifying (Long was fourth fastest Friday in class), the team’s tire choice proved beneficial once the race rolled around. The track was considerably warmer and more slippery Saturday, ideal conditions for a softer compound from Michelin.

“We were pretty conservative on the tire choice in qualifying, and that paid off for us in the long runs during the race (the cars must start on at least three of its four qualifying tires),” Bergmeister said. “I think choosing other compounds gave some of our competitors trouble. As far as I know, we were on the same compound (the entire race) and we were hoping it would stay green because our car is very consistent on long runs.”

Fernandez and Diaz also were prototype winners in the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge, which goes to the fastest and most energy efficient entry who has the least environmental impact. Hand and Milner were GT winners in their BMW. Both manufacturers won their first MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge trophies.

The Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the next round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series. The race is set for 4:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 18 from the famed Long Beach street circuit in southern California. The race will be televised from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 19 on ABC. Qualifying is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT on Friday, April 17. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing and Scoring will be available at

The race also will mark the next round for the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge. For tickets, visit or



Num CL Car Driver Laps Behind Gap CP Fastest Driver
1 9 P1 Acura ARX-02a David Brabham 93 --- --- 1 Scott Sharp
2 15 P2 Acura ARX-01B Adrian Fernandez 93 -32.150 -32.150 1 Luis Diaz
3 16 P2 Lola B09 86 Mazda Guy Smith 92 -1 lap -1 lap 2 Guy Smith
4 20 P2 Lola B09 86 Mazda Butch Leitzinger 91 -2 lap -1 lap 3 Butch Leitzinger
5 45 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Joerg Bergmeister 88 -5 lap -3 lap 1 Joerg Bergmeister
6 37 P1 Lola B06/10 AER Clint Field 88 -5 lap -7.780 2 Jon Field
7 92 GT2 BMW E92 M3 Dirk Mueller 86 -7 lap -2 lap 2 Dirk Mueller
8 21 GT2 Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford Dominik Farnbacher 86 -7 lap -30.460 3 Dominik Farnbacher
9 28 GT2 Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 Eric Curran 85 -8 lap -1 lap 4 Eric Curran
10 44 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Darren Law 84 -9 lap -1 lap 5 Darren Law
11 40 GT2 Doran Ford GT MK 7 Andrea Robertson 83 -10 lap -1 lap 6 David Murry
12 87 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Dirk Werner 74 -19 lap -9 lap 7 Dirk Werner
13 66 P1 Acura ARX-02a Simon Pagenaud 66 -27 lap -8 lap 3 Gil de Ferran
14 11 GT2 Dodge Viper Comp Coupe Joel Feinberg 38 -55 lap -28 lap 8 Joel Feinberg
15 22 GT2 Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford Tom Sutherland 38 -55 lap -65.499 9 Tom Sutherland
16 90 GT2 BMW E92 M3 Bill Auberlen 28 -65 lap -10 lap 10 Bill Auberlen
17 62 GT2 Ferrari F430 GT Pierre Kaffer 27 -66 lap -1 lap 11 Pierre Kaffer

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