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1 Christian Fittipaldi 285
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49 Darren Law 1
Pagenaud scores dramatic last-lap win in Long Beach

ALMS
Saturday, April 17, 2010

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The Aston Martin leads at the start at the start
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Simon Pagenaud and Patr¢n Highcroft Racing won a titanic battle with Aston Martin Racing’s Adrian Fernandez to win the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach on Saturday with a last-lap pass in his HPD ARX-01c. The young Frenchman beat Fernandez across the line by 0.353 seconds.

Two years ago, David Brabham made a pass on the second-to-last-lap to give Patr¢n Highcroft Racing a class victory at the historic Long Beach circuit. Saturday, he watched teammate Simon Pagenaud do the same thing – this time for an overall victory on the final lap– as the duo won the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.

Pagenaud came out best in a titanic duel with Aston Martin Racing’s Adrian Fernandez to win the second round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. The young Frenchman beat Fernandez across the line by 0.353 seconds.

“That pass was quite hairy. I could see Adrian was having some issues,” Pagenaud said. “He was driving differently for the last few laps. I figured if I played it smart and took second I could get as many points for finishing first (as the highest-finishing full-season entry). But I’m a racer and thought if I push him maybe I could get him to make a mistake and I waited for the opportunity.”

Pagenaud and Brabham won despite an early penalty for avoidable contact with Harold Primat the Lola-Aston Martin. Pagenaud had ceded the lead to Fernandez with six minutes but ran wide at Turn 5 on the final lap. That was all the opening Pagenaud needed for the team’s first overall victory at Long Beach and first win since Mosport last season.

“It’s nice to be on the other side and watch someone like Simon chase people down,” Brabham said. “This team always amazes me and they did a fantastic job with the pit stop. It was a fight for Simon all the way to the end and with Adrian’s mistake he capitalized on it.”

Pagenaud had led Fernandez by as much as eight seconds before the Mexican legend and race polesitter fought back to retake the lead. The V12 power gave the Lola-Aston Martin a decided advantage in the high-speed straights but the nimbleness of the Patr¢n Highcroft entry through traffic and the corners proved to be the difference.

“Long Beach is very special for me,” Pagenaud said. “As I said over the weekend, this is where I started racing in America in 2006. I’ve been successful here, and yesterday in qualifying you could see I love this track. The Patr¢n Highcroft car was just doing so well. This was our best win ever because it wasn’t just my win; we are a team. But certainly it is my favorite finish.”

Muscle Milk Team CytoSport’s duo of Greg Pickett and Klaus Graf placed third in LMP with their Porsche RS Spyder. Pickett and Graf also won the prototype portion of the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge for being the fastest and most energy-efficient LMP entry.

Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Long won in GT for Flying Lizard Motorsports, their second straight Long Beach victory. Long, driving the duo’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, finished four seconds ahead of Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell.

Four different teams and three manufacturers led at least one lap in the massively tough GT class. Long ran down BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team’s Tommy Milner with less than 10 minutes to go. The BMW M3 GT did not change tires and fell back to third at the finish; Milner drove with Bill Auberlen.

Bergmeister started fourth in class but the do was aided by quick pit work during the third and final caution period when a majority of the field made stops for fuel and driver changes.

“The crew did a fantastic job,” Bergmeister said. “We beat out every car except the two BMWs who did not take tires. It showed how hard we pushed all day, and Patrick did a great job chasing down the BMWs and passing them on the track during his final stint. The team worked well together to get a win today.”

As at Sebring, the leading cars in class ran virtually nose to tail for the majority of the opening half.

“From the GT standpoint we were pushing all the way throughout,” said Long, who also won the GT portion of the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge with Bergmeister. “I think everyone out there in the second stint with fresh tires was going really, really hard. It really came down to the battle of pit stops with just about 45 minutes to go. We have some new crewmembers and they hit all their marks, thanks to them tonight. They need to celebrate.”

In LMPC, the duo of Gunnar Jeannette and Elton Julian won in G-Oil’s Green Earth Team Gunnar ORECA FLM09. It was the first victory for the drivers and the team with all finishing second in class at the season-opening Sebring race.

“It’s a pleasure to work with a team like this, and it’s great to be back racing again,” Julian said. “We were a bit unlucky at Sebring but today things worked out like they should. Here we are, and I think we deserve it.”

Jeannette crossed the finish line by a lap over Sebring class winners Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker in Level 5 Motorsports’ entries. The top three cars – the G-Oil/GETG, Level 5 and Genoa Racing entries – all led during the race. It was an impressive performance for the ORECA prototypes, which were racing on a street circuit for the first time. The Jeannette/Julian entry also gave G-Oil, an environmentally friendly motor oil made from animal fats, its first victory.

“At Sebring, we proved that G-Oil could run for 12 hours and get on pole,” Jeannette said. “Our guys had a wonderful, wonderful pit stop to get us out in front of the other cars. It was up to me not to put a foot wrong and keep in front. My dad (Kevin Jeannette) is from Long Beach, all our extended family is from here so it’s even better to have them all here. We were really happy to get the car to the finish without problems.”

JR Hildebrand and Tom Sutherland finished third in the class, on the same lap as the Tucker/Bouchut entry.

Butch Leitzinger and Juan Gonzalez won in GTC for Alex Job Racing, just as they did at Sebring with their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Leitzinger won by 1.753 seconds over GMG Racing’s entry of James Sofronas and Bret Curtis.

Leitzinger made the winning pass late when Romeo Kapudija – driving another AJR Porsche – slid off track in some loose debris. He and Bill Sweedler finished third.

“He got caught out getting on some marbles, and it could have happened to anyone,” Leitzinger said. “It was just a really great, hard-fought race. It’s one of those where you’re in the middle of it and thinking ‘You know, this is a really great race.’ There were three or four cars really going at it. It really was a blast.”

As in the GT class, four different entries led at one point.

“The Porsche is an excellent car and it’s proven how good and reliable it is,” said Gonzalez, who drove the opening stint. “The same engine and gearbox is in the car from when we first started. This has been fun for me, and it’s been great having Butch to push me.”

The Podium
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The next round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n is the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patr¢n. The six-hour race is set for 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 22 from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. CBS Sports will broadcast the race from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 29. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

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Results

1. (2) David Brabham, Maidenhead; Simon Pagenaud, Montmorrillon; HPD ARX-01c (1, LMP), 67.
2. (1) Harold Primat, Switzerland; Adrian Fernandez, Paradise Valley, AZ; Lola B09 60/Aston Martin (2, LMP), 67.
3. (4) Greg Pickett, Crystal Bay, NV; Klaus Graf, Dornham; Porsche RS Spyder (3, LMP), 67.
4. (3) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, Bracken, Yorkshire; Lola B09 86/Mazda (4, LMP), 67.
5. (8) Elton Julian, Los Angeles, CA; Gunnar Jeannette, Salt Lake City, UT; Oreca FLM09 (1, LMPC), 66.
6. (7) Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Christophe Bouchut, France; Oreca FLM09 (2, LMPC), 65.
7. (10) JR Hildebrand; Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; Oreca FLM09 (3, LMPC), 65.
8. (15) Joerg Bergmeister, Langenfield; Patrick Long, Bellaire, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (4, GT), 65.
9. (9) Tomy Drissi, Los Angeles, CA; Ken Davis, Escondido, CA; Lola B06 10/AER (5, LMP), 65.
10. (14) Johnny O`Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Roskilde; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (6, GT), 65.
11. (17) Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, CA; Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (7, GT), 65.
12. (12) Gianmaria Bruni, Rome; Jaime Melo, Milan; Ferrari 430 GT (8, GT), 65.
13. (18) Dirk Mueller, Monte Carlo; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; BMW E92 M3 (9, GT), 65.
14. (13) Wolf Henzler, Nuertingen; Bryan Sellers, Braselton, GA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (10, GT), 65.
15. (21) Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (11, GT), 65.
16. (19) Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Guy Cosmo, West Palm Beach, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (12, GT), 64.
17. (24) Brian Wong, Newport Beach, CA; Mitch Pagerey, Deerfield Beach, FL; Oreca FLM09 (13, LMPC), 63.
18. (16) Olivier Beretta, Monte Carlo; Oliver Gavin, Yardley Hastings; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (14, GT), 63.
19. (29) Juan Gonzalez; Butch Leitzinger, Rebersburg, PA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (1, GTC), 63.
20. (28) Bret Curtis, Valencia, CA; James Sofronas, Newport Beach, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (2, GTC), 63.
21. (30) Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Romeo Kapudija, Lincolnwood, IL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (3, GTC), 63.
22. (11) Gerardo Bonilla, Celebration, FL; Kyle Marcelli; Oreca FLM09 (15, LMPC), 62.
23. (23) David Murry, Atlanta, GA; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Design Ford GT (16, GT), 62.
24. (31) Jerry Vento, West Palm Beach, FL; Shane Lewis, Jupiter, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (4, GTC), 62.
25. (6) Paul Drayson, London; Jonny Cocker, Guisborough; Lola B09 60/Judd (5, LMP), 62.
26. (32) John McMullen, Spring Lake, NJ; Bryce Miller, Summit, NJ; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (6, GTC), 61.
27. (33) Robert Rodriguez, Zephyr Cove, NY; Galen Bieker, Burbank, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (7, GTC), 61.
28. (35) Luis Diaz, Mexico City; Ricardo Gonzalez, Mexico; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (8, GTC), 60.
29. (36) Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Joeren Bleekemolen, Netherlands; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (9, GTC), 60.
30. (5) Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Nikolas Konstant, Los Angeles, CA; Lola B06/10 AER (10, LMP), 48.
31. (27) Henri Richard, Los Altos Hills, CA; Andy Lally, New York, NY; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (11, GTC), 48.
32. (25) Paul Gentilozzi, Grand Ledge, MI; Ryan Dalziel, Orlando, FL; Jaguar XKRS (12, GT), 45.
33. (22) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (13, GT), 28, Mechanical.
34. (34) Loren Beggs, Montclair, CA; Doug Baron, Pacific Palisades, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (14, GTC), 6, Mechanical.
35. (26) Tom Papadopoulos, Long Island, NY; Johnny Mowlem, London; Oreca FLM09 (17, LMPC), 3, Accident.
36. (20) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Boca Raton; Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Oreca FLM09 (18, LMPC), 0.

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