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USCC Point Standings
2014 After Long Beach
Prototype Drivers
1 Joao Barbosa 98
1 Christian Fittipaldi 98
2 Scott Pruett 93
2 Memo Rojas 93
3 Jordan Taylor 91
3 Ricky Taylor 91
4 Olivier Pla 84
4 Gustavo Yacaman 84
5 Michael Valiante 78
5 Richard Westbrook 78
6 Ed Brown 77
6 Johannes van Overbeek 77
7 Ryan Dalziel 76
7 Scott Sharp 76
8 Sebastien Bourdais 67
9 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 66
9 John Pew 66
10 Boris Said 64
11 Marino Franchitti 60
12 Joel Miller 59
13 Max Angelelli 58
14 Alex Brundle 56
15 Brian Frisselle 55
15 Burt Frisselle 55
16 Simon Pagenaud 52
17 Mike Rockenfeller 51
18 David Brabham 50
18 Scott Dixon 50
18 Tony Kanaan 50
19 Sage Karam 47
20 Klaus Graf 46
20 Lucas Luhr 46
21 Tristan Nunez 44
22 Eric Curran 43
22 Justin Wilson 43
23 Byron DeFoor 41
23 David Hinton 41
23 Jim Pace 41
24 Tom Long 40
24 Sylvain Tremblay 40
25 Tristan Vautier 35
26 Gabby Chaves 33
26 Katherine Legge 33
26 Andy Meyrick 33
26 Wayne Taylor 33
27 Fabien Giroix 31
27 John Martin 31
28 Alex Popow 30
29 Roman Rusinov 26
29 Oliver Webb 26
30 Jon Fogarty 25
30 Anthony Lazzaro 25
31 Kyle Larson 24
32 Frank Beck 23
33 Max Papis 22
33 Bradley Smith 22
34 Ben Devlin 21
34 Jamie McMurray 21
35 AJ Allmendinger 20
35 Guy Cosmo 20
36 Jann Mardenborough 19
37 James Hinchcliffe 18
38 Alexander Rossi 16
38 Sebastian Saavedra 16
39 Brendon Hartley 15
39 E.J. Viso 15
40 Memo Gidley 14
40 Alex Gurney 14
41 Scott Mayer 2
42 Pierre Kaffer 1
42 Darren Law 1
Audi and McNish out front at Road Atlanta

ALMS Petit LeMans test session
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Allan McNish
Audi Sport struck first in the rematch of diesel powers at Road Atlanta with the fastest time in Wednesday’s two-hour test session for the 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6. Allan McNish, defending race winner with teammate Dindo Capello, put in a quick lap of 1:08.308 (133.864 mph) in the pairing’s Audi R15 TDI. McNish and Capello won Petit Le Mans the last three years in an Audi R10 TDI prototype.

This is the first race at Road Atlanta for the new R15 and only the car’s third race this year. It debuted with an overall victory in the American Le Mans Series’ season opener – the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. Audi bested both Peugeot and Acura then, and the trio of manufacturers lead an impressive 11-car field in the LMP1 class.

McNish was 0.169 seconds better than Peugeot’s Stephane Sarrazin in the first of two Peugeot 908s. Sarrazin will drive with Franck Montagny.

“It was nice to be in a session with other cars,” said McNish, alluding to Audi’s 2009 program that has featured more testing than racing. “The R15 TDI was pretty good. It’s still not ideal with the circuit being so green after all the rain this past weekend. But we’re somewhere in the ballpark. The configuration of the car is very much the same as Le Mans, and that wasn’t much different from Sebring. But there is continual room for improvement.”

The top five saw the two Audis and two Peugeots with de Ferran Motorsports’ XM Acura ARX-02a in the middle. Simon Pagenaud was third quickest overall in the E10-powered prototype he will drive with team owner/full season teammate Gil de Ferran and Scott Dixon. Pagenaud’s best lap was a 1:09.137 (132.259 mph).

In LMP2, Dyson Racing’s Marino Franchitti went quickest in the Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupe that he will share with Butch Leitzinger and Ben Devlin. Franchitti turned in a best lap of 1:11.624 (127.667 mph) for a 0.333-second advantage over Klaus Graf in the Team Cytosport Porsche RS Spyder. Graf is driving with team owner Greg Pickett and Porsche factory driver Sascha Maassen.

Franchitti has won the two most recent LMP2 pole positions and won at Lime Rock with Leitzinger for Dyson’s first win with the Lola-Mazda.

Chris Dyson was third in class in the second Dyson prototype with a lap of 1:12.685 (125.803 mph). He will drive with Guy Smith.

BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team continued its strong run in GT2 that began at Lime Rock. Bill Auberlen was the quickest driver in class with a lap of 1:21.574 (112.095 mph) in the BMW M3 that he is driving with Joey Hand and Andy Priaulx. Auberlen and Hand were class winners this year at Road America, and the M3s have been on pole position the last two rounds of the Series.

Jörg Müller was second quickest in the sister BMW that he will drive with Dirk Müller and Tommy Milner. Jörg Müller, the 2001 GT champion, set a best time of 1:21.798 (111.788 mph).

Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen was third quickest in class with a lap of 1:22.056 (111.436 mph). He won the previous Series round at Mosport with Johnny O’Connell (the team’s first in GT2), and they will drive this week with Antonio Garcia. The trio were winners at Sebring and Le Mans this year in GT1.

The top six cars in GT2 were within 0.728 seconds.

Thursday’s first official practice session is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. ET.

The 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6 on Saturday, September 26 is the American Le Mans Series’ cornerstone event at Road Atlanta in Braselton Ga. The green flag for the 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. ET with SPEED airing live television coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET ... rain or shine! American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche and Living Timing & Scoring will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com. Live coverage also can be heard on Sirius 126 and XM 242. You can follow the Series on Twitter (almsnotes) and on our Facebook page.

The race will also mark the ninth round of the 2009 MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com and roadatlanta.com.

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