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USCC Point Standings
2014 After Road Atlanta
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
Prototype Drivers
1 Joao Barbosa 349
1 Christian Fittipaldi 349
2 Jordan Taylor 330
2 Ricky Taylor 330
3 Michael Valiante 318
3 Richard Westbrook 318
4 Scott Pruett 317
5 Gustavo Yacaman 287
6 Memo Rojas 285
7 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 281
7 John Pew 281
8 Ed Brown 262
8 Johannes van Overbeek 262
9 Ryan Dalziel 228
9 Scott Sharp 228
10 Joel Miller 222
11 Tristan Nunez 208
12 Sylvain Tremblay 179
13 Eric Curran 175
14 Olivier Pla 172
15 Alex Brundle 169
16 Boris Said 168
17 Burt Frisselle 154
18 Tom Long 137
19 Katherine Legge 131
20 Max Angelelli 121
21 Andy Meyrick 111
22 Brian Frisselle 106
23 Sage Karam 104
24 Sebastien Bourdais 100
25 Gabby Chaves 82
26 Scott Dixon 81
27 HoPin Tung 80
28 Mike Rockenfeller 76
29 Marino Franchitti 24 8 36 1 60
30 Tristan Vautier 59
31 Jon Fogarty 55
32 Simon Pagenaud 52
33 David Brabham 50
34 Tony Kanaan 50
35 Max Papis 49
36 Klaus Graf 46
36 Lucas Luhr 46
37 Guy Cosmo 46
38 Anthony Lazzaro 46
39 Ben Devlin 46
40 Justin Wilson 43
41 Byron DeFoor 41
41 David Hinton 41
41 Jim Pace 41
42 Wayne Taylor 33
43 Fabien Giroix 31
43 John Martin 31
44 Alex Popow 30
45 Roman Rusinov 26
45 Oliver Webb 26
46 Kyle Larson 24
47 Frank Beck 23
48 Bradley Smith 22
49 Jamie McMurray 21
50 AJ Allmendinger 20
51 Jann Mardenborough 19
52 James Hinchcliffe 19
53 Alexander Rossi 16
54 Sebastian Saavedra 16
55 Brendon Hartley 15
55 E.J. Viso 15
56 Memo Gidley 14
56 Alex Gurney 14
57 Scott Mayer 3
58 Pierre Kaffer 1
59 Darren Law 1
Another Lime Rock pole for Brabham

ALMS
Friday, July 23, 2010

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David Brabham (L) and teammate Simon Pagenaud celebrate
Patr¢n Highcroft Racing’s David Brabham won a stunning wet qualifying session Friday at Lime Rock Park for his second overall pole position in the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. Brabham turned in a best lap of 58.106 (92.934 mph) in the HPD ARX-01c that he will drive with Simon Pagenaud. He outpaced Muscle Milk Team CytoSport’s Klaus Graf by 0.64 seconds.

Brabham and Patr¢n Highcroft scored their first overall victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n two years ago at Lime Rock. He and Pagenaud currently are on a three-race win streak and lead the LMP championship. And oh yes…Patr¢n Highcroft is on home ground this weekend. So far, so good for Danbury’s finest.

“We have a lot of family and friends and a lot of guests from Patr¢n and GE. So it was nice to go out and get the pole position,” Brabham said. “We don't run too much in the wet. We couldn't remember the last time we did. It was certainly tough in these conditions.”

“These conditions” were periods of light to moderate rain during the morning and afternoon. By the time the prototypes began their qualifying session, the rain had stopped but the track still remained damp throughout.

“We really had to fight the car sometimes and snap back,” Brabham said. “As the track dried, the car was changing and we made some adjustments to get rid of the understeer I was having. So the team did a great job getting us the pole. I knew Klaus would be our closest competition. They have less weight, more downforce - we've moved to the lower downforce - we were certainly up against him and these conditions. Like I said before the whole team is getting stronger and stronger and this was a fantastic performance by the team.”

And Brabham rewarded his crew with five of the six fastest laps in the session. Graf’s best lap was a 58.746 (91.921 mph) in the Porsche RS Spyder that he will share with team owner Greg Pickett. Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith sat third with a lap of 59.951 in the Mazda-powered Lola coupe that he will drive with Chris Dyson.

Brabham was the season’s fifth different overall pole-winner in as many races.

Christophe Bouchut picked up his second LMP Challenge pole of the season for Level 5 Motorsports. His best lap of 1:03.020 (85.687 mph) was just 0.567 seconds better than Intersport Racing’s Kyle Marcelli, who will drive with Brian Wong.

Bouchut, who leads the class with Level 5 teammate and team owner Scott Tucker has never raced at Lime Rock, and neither has the ORECA FLM09. But there were no problems for either in qualifying.

“On this track for sure, it is not easy for overtaking especially coming from Europe,” Bouchut said. “It is one of those particular aspects you have to play with. You have to find the slower corners to overtake; that is the key here. It is really, really hard. When it is raining, it makes execution even worse. The weather changing also changes the setup. But we'll never really know. So we just have to stay on the track. (Saturday) will be difficult because we have not been able to test the car in really dry conditions. So we'll have to adjust very quickly. But again, that will be the same for everybody.”

Through four rounds, the Bouchut/Tucker duo has established itself as the pairing to beat. They won at Sebring, Mazda Raceway and Utah, and were second in class at Long Beach. Bouchut, an overall winner at Le Mans in 1993, has posted the fastest LMPC lap in each of the last three races in addition to his Long Beach pole position.

“It’s all a combination of the car, driver and team,” he said. “Everything is working so well. I think that is also why we are leading the championship. We worked really hard in all of the practices for the setup. I was pushing the maximum and the results were great.”

Alex Figge, driving PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ entry with Tom Papadopoulos, qualified third in class at 1:04.082 (84.267 mph).

Patrick Long sloshes around Lime Rock Park
Patrick Long earned his second Lime Rock pole position with a lap of 1:03.904 (84.502 mph) in one of Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs. Porsche’s lone American factory driver was the class pole-winner in 2005 and will go for his third victory at the circuit Saturday with teammate Jörg Bergmeister.

Porsche will start first and second in class for the second time this season; the German marque was 1-2 on the grid in the season-opening race at Sebring. It also hasn’t lost at Lime Rock since 2004.

“It's fast and it’s dangerous. Racing at Lime Rock is very, very challenging,” Long said, “especially across all of the classes. I really like the fact that it’s really technical. You have to concentrate on your steering and work with your aero, so there's a big aspect to setup and style. The rain is one of those things that is the same for everybody. I feel like Michelin puts us in a class of our own when it comes to rain tires. Jörg has been really working hard on the set-up and gave me a really good car.”

Wolf Henzler qualified second in class for Team Falken Tire in its Porsche that he will share with Bryan Sellers. Henzler, a winner in GT2 at Le Mans this year, set a best lap of 104.378 (83.880 mph). Risi Competizione’s Jaime Melo was third in one of the team’s two Ferrari F430 GTs at 1:04.391 (83.863 mph). He will drive with Gimmi Bruni, a Lime Rock rookie.

Five different teams were in the top-seven, a testament to what is the most difficult class in the Series.

“It’s been tough racing in the last couple of races, so hopefully tomorrow will be a better day,” Long said. “I think the competition recently shows the depth of GT. On a bad day, instead of having a third or fourth at worst, you're in seventh or eighth. Just losing a few positions can really change the championship standings. But that also means more gratifying victories.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen captured his third straight GT Challenge pole position with a best lap of 1:08.129 (79.261 mph) in Black Swan Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry. The Dutch pilot was on the class pole at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Miller Motorsports Park, and was the fastest qualifier in the team’s 2010 debut at Long Beach before the car was moved to the back of the grid due to a technical infraction.

The Bleekemolen/Pappas duo went flag-to-flag for a six-hour victory in Monterey and won again two weeks ago at Utah. Bleekemolen, a past LMP2 winner at the Le Mans 24 Hours and Porsche Supercup champion, is racing at Lime Rock for the first time. The circuit is the home track for Pappas and Black Swan, however.

“It was a great session and great day for us,” he said. “The weather made it interesting… to see how much the conditions were changing from second to second. You had to be aware of that during qualifying. You never knew what was going to happen. The traffic was not so bad. But we are the slowest class and it’s so hard to overtake here as there is not a lot of places to get by.

Bleekemolen qualified 0.604 seconds ahead of TRG’s Andy Lally, who will drive with Henri Richard. Velox Motorsport’s Shane Lewis was third at 1:09.689 (77.487 mph). Lally and Richard sit second in the class championship and could take the points lead with a good showing. But a third straight win for Black Swan might put Bleekemolen and Pappas near the top as well.

“It's going to be very hard for the championship,” Bleekemolen said. “We weren't at Sebring and then we didn't score at all at Long Beach. But we'll never give up until there is no hope anymore.”

The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix is the fifth round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n. The two-hour, 45-minute race is set for 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 from Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. SPEED will air the race live at 2 p.m. ET. 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. David Brabham, Maidenhead, UK; Simon Pagenaud, Montmorrillon, France; HPD ARX-01c (LMP), 58.106, 92.934
2. Greg Pickett, Crystal Bay, NV; Klaus Graf, Dornham, Germany; Porsche RS Spyder (LMP), 58.746, 91.921
3. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY); Guy Smith, Bracken, Yorkshire, UK; Lola B09 86/Mazda (LMP), 59.951, 90.074
4. Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, Guisborough, UK; Lola B09 60/Judd (LMP), 1:00.092, 89.862
5. Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (LMP), 1:02.922, 85.821
6. Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Christophe Bouchut, France; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:03.020, 85.687
7. Kyle Marcelli, Barrie, Ontario, Canada; Brian Wong, Newport Beach, CA; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:03.587, 84.923
8. Joerg Bergmeister, Langenfield, Germany; Patrick Long, Bellaire, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:03.904, 84.502
9. Alex Figge, Denver, CO; Tom Papadopoulos, Long Island, NY; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:04.082, 84.267
10. Bryan Sellers, Braselton, GA; Wolf Henzler, Nuertingen, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:04.378, 83.880
11. Jaime Melo, Cascavel, Brazil; Gianmaria Bruni, Rome, Italy; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:04.391, 83.863
12. Jan Magnussen, Roskilde, Denmark; Johnny O`Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GT), 1:04.563, 83.639
13. Mika Salo, Helsinki, Finland; Pierre Kaffer, Salenstein, Germany; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:04.929, 83.168
14. Olivier Beretta, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Oliver Gavin, Yardley Hastings, UK; Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (GT), 1:05.011, 83.063
15. Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL (US); Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA (US); Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:05.064, 82.995
16. Ed Brown, Las Vegas, NV; Guy Cosmo, West Palm Beach, FL; Ferrari 430 GT (GT), 1:05.346, 82.637
17. Scott Tucker, Leawood, KS; Andy Wallace, London, UK; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:05.617, 82.296
18. Bill Auberlen, Redondo Beach, CA; Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (GT), 1:06.907, 80.709
19. David Robertson, Ray, MI; David Murry, Atlanta, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Design Ford GT (GT), 1:07.005, 80.591
20. Christian Zugel, Holmdel, NJ; Tom Sedivy, Raleigh, NC; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:07.584, 79.901
21. Marc Goossens, Huntersville, NC; Ryan Dalziel, Orlando, FL; Jaguar XKRS (GT), 1:07.661, 79.810
22. Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT), 1:07.892, 79.538
23. Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Jeroen Bleekemolen, Heemstede, The Netherlands; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:08.129, 79.261
24. Henri Richard, Los Altos Hills, CA; Andy Lally, New York, NY; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:08.733, 78.565
25. Dirk Mueller, Monte Carlo, Monaco; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; BMW E92 M3 (GT), 1:08.876, 78.402
26. Shane Lewis, Jupiter, FL); Jerry Vento, West Palm Beach, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:09.689, 77.487
27. Bret Curtis, Valencia, CA; James Sofronas, Newport Beach, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:09.837, 77.323
28. Bill Sweedler, Westport, CT; Romeo Kapudija, Lincolnwood, IL; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:11.135, 75.912
29. Bryce Miller, Summit, NJ; Luke Hines, Essex, UK; Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GTC), 1:11.648, 75.368
30. Elton Julian, Santa Monica, CA; Gunnar Jeannette, Salt Lake City, UT; Oreca FLM09 (LMPC), 1:18.455, 68.829

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