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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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
Brabham wins ALMS pole in Long Beach

Saturday, April 18, 2009


David Brabham in the Patron Acura
A year after helping Patr¢n Highcroft Racing score a landmark class victory at Long Beach, David Brabham took the overall pole position Friday for the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. Brabham turned a lap of 1:11.627 in the Acura ARX-02a that he will share with Scott Sharp.

Brabham outpaced de Ferran Motorsports’ Gil de Ferran by just 0.072 seconds for Patr¢n Highcroft’s first pole in LMP1 and its fourth in the last two seasons. Brabham set a class record, bettering Lucas Luhr’s time last year in an Audi R10 TDI by 0.138 seconds.

“It was the best the car has been handling this year,” a clearly satisfied Brabham said. “I was very surprised we were quicker than the Audis. The track really gripped up a lot. It made it much more fun because you could really stick the car deep in the corners.” 

Brabham won last year in LMP2 with a daring last-lap pass of Penske Racing’s Romain Dumas. It was Patr¢n Highcroft’s first Series victory, the first of four on the season with Sharp. To say it was a turning point is an understatement. With an overall win two weeks ago at St. Petersburg, Brabham thinks the same may be happening this year, albeit much earlier.

“When a team goes from thinking they can win to knowing they can win, it gives their confidence a huge boost,” Brabham said. “We saw it last year. We now have the same sense of knowing again after winning at St. Petersburg.”

De Ferran, a three-time pole winner at Long Beach in his CART days, will team with Simon Pagenaud. He appeared to have a good shot at knocking Brabham off pole before a late-session spin that caused rear bodywork damage to the back of the navy blue Acura.

“I told the team I didn’t think I could find much more when Gil was gaining,” Brabham said. “I thought we had a bit more cushion but it was pretty amazing to see two cars like that go so close.”

Adrian Fernandez qualified third overall and first in LMP2, his second class pole of the season. His time of 1:13.134 (96.874 mph) in the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b bettered Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith by just 0.244 seconds.

Fernandez and Luis Diaz are searching for their third straight class win to open the season.

“The focus this year is finishing races, and we’ve done that so far,” said Fernandez, who also was on the P2 pole at Sebring to open the season. “We were quite happy with the car in the morning. It was pushing a little bit and we made a small change but it made the car a little too loose in qualifying. The Acura is tremendously fast even with the additional weight and air restrictions on the engine.”

Fernandez and Diaz are in extremely good championship position even after just two races. But things appear to be tightening up. Smith put his Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 as close as either of the Dyson coupes have been all season.

Smith was 0.385 seconds ahead of Butch Leitzinger in the sister Dyson entry. This is just the third race for the Lola-Mazda combination.

“We started seeing the Mazda getting closer and closer, and it was a little too close for comfort at the end,” Fernandez said. “It should be a good race tomorrow. They are gaining with the Mazda package. It took us a few races last year to get used to the new car, and they are doing the same this year.”

Quite appropriately, Olivier Beretta earned another place in the American Le Mans Series’ history books with the final GT1 pole for Corvette Racing in North America. Beretta’s lap of 1:17.952 was the 23rd for the five-time class champion, both Series records.

“Long Beach is a very special place,” Beretta said. “The track is very fun to drive and challenging in some places. I am very happy to be here today because I saw the team in 1999 when they first started and I was with my old Viper team at that time racing against the Corvette team.”

Corvette Racing will bow out of GT1 competition at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June and is scheduled to return with a debut in GT2 at Mid-Ohio with the Series.

Beretta and Oliver Gavin are keen to win at Long Beach for the second time, having taken victory in 2007. Beretta was 0.192 seconds better than the sister Corvette of Johnny O’Connell, who is driving with Jan Magnussen. The pairing were race winners and Series champions in GT1 last year.

“The No. 4 car wants to win, the No. 3 car wants to win. Within the team we are racing for Corvette. I think everyone is very happy to be part of the team. It’s the last race for the GT1 but we’ll be back in GT2 with a strong car and a strong team.”

Wolf Henzler was awarded the GT2 pole in the Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR after Jaime Melo’s Ferrari F430 GT was excluded in post-qualifying inspections due to a ride height violation.

Henzler’s time of 1:20.369 (88.153 mph) was 0.108 seconds quicker than Patrick Long in Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Porsche. The German marque is looking for its first GT2 victory at Long Beach.

The Farnbacher Loles crew pulled an all-nighter Thursday following a crash that had the crew replace a large majority of the bodywork and components on the Porsche’s rear end.

“I was very gratified for the team and the crew who didn’t sleep all night, repairing the car after our practice crash,” Henzler said. “The lap I turned was the fastest I could go as I was sideways out of many corners. Sometimes the rules work for you and sometimes they work against you. We are just happy with this result.”

Melo had turned a lap of 1:20.111 in the Ferrari F430 GT that he will share with Pierre Kaffer.

The Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach 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 be aired on XM Channel 242 and Sirius Channel 126 from 7 to 9 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Friday’s qualifying
1. Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; David Brabham, Australia; Acura ARX-02a (P1), 1:11.627, 98.912
2. Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Simon Pagenaud, France; Acura ARX-02a (P1), 1:11.699, 98.813
3. Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:13.134, 96.874
4. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Lola B09 86 Mazda (P2), 1:13.378, 96.552
5. Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Lola B09 86 Mazda (P2), 1:13.763, 96.048
6. Chapman Ducote, Miami, FL; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:15.303, 94.084
7. Michael Lewis, San Diego, CA; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:16.470, 92.648
8. Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Oliver Gavin, England; Corvette C6.R (GT1), 1:17.952, 90.887
9. Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Corvette C6.R (GT1), 1:18.144, 90.663
10. Wolf Henzler, Germany; Dirk Werner, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:20.369, 88.153
11. Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Jorg Bergmeister, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:20.577, 87.926
12. Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Dirk Mueller, Germany; BMW E92 M3 (GT2), 1:21.300, 87.144
13. Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; BMW E92 M3 (GT2), 1:21.382, 87.056
14. Richard Westbrook, England; Johannes Stuck, Austria; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:21.805, 86.606
15. David Murry, Cumming, GA; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT MK 7 (GT2), 1:22.044, 86.354
16. Bryan Sellers, Centerville, OH; Dominic Cicero, Portland, OR; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:22.222, 86.167
17. Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, TX; Boris Said, Carlsbad, CA; Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 (GT2), 1:22.334, 86.050
18. Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (GT2), 1:22.519, 85.857
19. Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:25.023, 83.328
20. Ian James, England; Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford (GT2), 1:25.096, 83.257
21. Pierre Kaffer, Germany; Jaime Melo, Brazil; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), No Time, No Speed.

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