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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Dane Cameron 314
1 Eric Curran 314
2 Joao Barbosa 311
2 Christian Fittipaldi 311
3 Jordan Taylor 309
3 Ricky Taylor 309
4 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 282
5 Marc Goossens 273
6 Tom Long 258
6 Joel Miller 258
7 Tristan Nunez 257
7 Jonathan Bomarito 257
8 John Pew 255
9 Ryan Dalziel 247
10 Katherine Legge 247
11 Sean Rayhall 196
12 Scott Sharp 128
12 Johannes van Overbeek 128
12 Luis Felipe Derani 128
13 Olivier Pla 113
14 Max Angelelli 113
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 109
16 Spencer Pigot 95
17 Andy Meyrick 91
18 Filipe Albuquerque 88
19 Ed Brown 72
20 Ben Devlin 70
21 Scott Pruett 62
22 Simon Pagenaud 55
23 Rubens Barrichello 53
24 Nicolas Minassian 52
25 Byron DeFoor 46
25 Jim Pace 46
25 David Hinton 46
25 Dorsey Schroeder 46
26 Henrik Hedman 29
26 Nicolas Lapierre 29
27 Brendon Hartley 27
27 Andy Priaulx 27
27 Lance Stroll 27
27 Alex Wurz 27
28 Jonny Adam 26
29 Jamie McMurray 25
29 Scott Dixon 25
29 Tony Kanaan 25
29 Kyle Larson 25
30 Gabby Chaves 25
31 Thomas Gruber 24
32 Keiko Ihara 24
33 Maurizio Mediani 23
33 Kirill Ladygin 23
33 Mikhail Aleshin 23
34 AJ Allmendinger 21
35 Carlos de Quesada 21
35 Dominik Farnbacher 21
35 Cameron Lawrence 21
35 Daniel Morad 21
36 Andreas Wirth 20

Prototype Teams
1 #31 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 314
2 #5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 311
3 #10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING 309
4 #60 MICHAEL SHANK RACING 282
5 #90 VISITFLORIDA RACING 273
6 #70 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 258
7 #55 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 257
8 #0 PANOZ DELTAWING RACING 220
9 #2 TEQUILA PATRON ESM 128
10 #50 HIGHWAY TO HELP 46
11 #81 DRAGONSPEED 29
12 #01 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 27
13 #02 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 25
14 #37 SMP RACING 23
15 #24 ALEGRA MOTORSPORTS 21

Prototype Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 338
2 Ligier 324
3 Mazda 304
4 Oreca 56
5 BR 30
Penske Racing Porsches finish 1-2 in Utah Grand Prix

ALMS at Miller Motorsports Park
Sunday, May 18, 2008

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Dumas and Bernhard gave Penske Racing second straight victory in Utah GP

With all the focus at Miller Motorsports Park on the new de Ferran Motorsports Acura entry, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas did what they do best - win in the American Le Mans Series for Penske Racing and Porsche. The duo took a hard-fought victory Sunday in the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels.

Dumas’ pole-sitting Porsche RS Spyder crossed the finish line 22.656 seconds ahead of Patrick Long in the second Penske Porsche that he shared with Sascha Maassen. The de Ferran entry of Simon Pagenaud and team owner Gil de Ferran placed third, nearly 29 seconds back.

“The key to the victory was the race strategy,” Bernhard said. “They brought me in during the second yellow and put me out of sequence so I had a clear run to the end. I was pushing quite a lot. It was hard because I couldn’t see the other people from the P2 class so all I had was the split time on my dash and I knew I just had to keep pushing.”

Dumas and Bernhard captured their first overall victory for Penske since a season-opening win at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Emmanuel Collard. The pairing also were winners in LMP2 after seeing their eight-race class winning streak end in the previous round at Long Beach.

Dumas inherited the lead when Audi Sport North America’s Emanuele Pirro pitted from first place near the two-hour mark but still had to withstand challenges from the two diesel-powered Audi R10 TDIs. Lucas Luhr suffered a slow puncture with 30 minutes to go while running within three seconds of Dumas, and Pirro made contact with David Robertson’s Ford GT just two minutes later and was knocked off course. The No. 1 Audi was penalized three championship points for the incident (IMSA Code 5.6).

“When I got in there was little more than one hour to go so I knew I had to be careful in my stint,” Dumas said. “I knew with 20 to 30 minutes to go when the de Ferran car had to pit, I just had to take care of the car and win. For sure our team made a very, very good strategy and did not make any mistakes. We pushed at the right times.”

The first six cars were from the lighter, more nimble LMP2 cars that took advantage of its cornering abilities around the 3.048-mile, 15-turn circuit.

Luhr and Marco Werner were seventh overall but finished first in LMP1 for the third consecutive race. After entering with a two-race overall winning streak, the No. 2 Audi lost time with the spin after contact with Lou Gigliotti in the LG Motorsports Corvette C6. The incident resulted in a slow tire puncture for the Audi and a late-race penalty.

“I think we showed a good race. It was fun fighting for the overall lead,” Luhr said. “When we came up to the top of the chicane, the No. 1 car made the pass for me in front of the slower No. 28 car so I followed him. Then the driver had only one place to look, cut down into me and cut all the air. I spun and had to come in and get new tires. Then we got a stop-and-go for that bit.”

Intersport Racing’s Lola B06/10-AER finished second in class, its best finish of the season. Jon Field led early for four laps before a couple of spins and briefly losing power steering. Pirro and Frank Biela were third in class.

This was Audi’s last race before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race the R10 TDI has won for the past two seasons. Audi has taken overall victory at Le Mans in seven of the last eight years.

“It was a bad stop for Lucas when he came into the pits and he lost some time, but everything worked out in the end,” Werner said. “Audi is really doing a great job with the huge TDI program and all the development. We are looking forward to Le Mans, it will be a great race this year and we know it will be tough. I am looking forward to being successful again.”

Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen won their third GT1 race in four starts this season in the No. 3 Corvette C6.R. Magnussen finished more than a minute up on Oliver Gavin in the sister car. Olivier Beretta began from the pole in the No. 4 Corvette but O’Connell and Magnussen won the race in pit lane when the No. 4 car experienced trouble with its refueling system.

In each of the previous three rounds, the pole-sitting car ended up as the race winner.

“The No. 4 car had some bad luck,” said O’Connell, who drove part of his stint without air conditioning in the Corvette. “But there were at least a half-dozen races last year that I thought we had the better car and caught a lot of bad luck. Racing is funny. It’s very cyclical. We catch some good luck even on days we might not be the strongest but end up in front.”

Like Audi, Corvette raced knowing this was the last time to get in any pre-Le Mans work. Corvette Racing has won in GT1 at Le Mans five times in the last seven years.

“This was a great race for us. We had to really work at keeping the other car at bay,” Magnussen said. “We turned this into a test for both cars to get ready for Le Mans, and I really think we’re going to be in good shape going to France. We had our problems but every time that happens it’s something to practice.”

Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Wolf Henzler and Jörg Bergmeister drove their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to their first GT2 victory since Sebring with a one-lap victory over the sister Lizard Porsche of Johannes van Overbeek and Patrick Pilet.

Henzler jumped out to a 20-second lead early and gained nearly a lap on the field during the race’s first caution at the 16-minute mark. Werner in the overall leading Audi was between the two Porsches, allowing Henzler a free pass around the circuit to catch the rear of the field.

“The full course caution was the key to winning the race,” Henzler said. “So we got an easy race and a great day. Sometimes you get a bit of luck and get a wave-by and it worked out perfectly.”

The 1-2 finish was the second of the season for the Lizards and allowed Bergmeister and Henzler to move back into the class championship lead.

“It was an easy drive,” Bergmeister said. “We knew after warm-up we had a great car. I was pretty optimistic and it was a nice way to do it. Wolf did a great job putting the gap between us and the sister car and it was great to get the wave-by. Without the gap we might not have been so lucky. We had the problem in St. Pete that put us behind, but I think that we deserve that we are in the championship lead again. We’ve been working very hard to get back here.”

Results

1. (1) Timo Bernhard, Germany; Romain Dumas, France; Porsche RS Spyder (1, P2), 96.
2. (5) Sascha Maassen, Germany; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Porsche RS Spyder (2, P2), 96.
3. (2) Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Simon Pagenaud, France; Acura ARX-01B (3, P2), 96.
4. (7) Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Porsche RS Spyder (4, P2), 96.
5. (3) Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (5, P2), 96. 6. (10) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Porsche RS Spyder (6, P2), 95.
7. (6) Marco Werner, Germany; Lucas Luhr, Germany; Audi AG R10/TDI (1, P1), 95.
8. (9) Christian Fittipaldi, Miami, FL; Bryan Herta, Valencia, CA; Acura ARX-01B (7, P2), 94.
9. (12) Ben Devlin, England; Gerardo Bonilla, Orlando, FL; Lola B07 46 Mazda (8, P2), 93.
10. (14) Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Corvette C6.R (1, GT1), 88. 11. (13) Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Oliver Gavin, England; Corvette C6.R (2, GT1), 88.
12. (11) Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Richard Berry, Evergreen, CO; Lola B06/10 AER (2, P1), 88.
13. (15) Wolf Henzler, Germany; Joerg Bergmeister, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (1, GT2), 87.
14. (17) Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Patrick Pilet, France; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (2, GT2), 86.
15. (18) Marc Basseng, Germany; Dirk Werner, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (3, GT2), 85.
16. (19) Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Dirk Mueller, Germany; Ferrari F430 GT (4, GT2), 85.
17. (22) Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; Panoz Esperante Ford (5, GT2), 84.
18. (28) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (6, GT2), 84.
19. (23) Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, FL; Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, TX; Eric Curran, Easthampton, MA; Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 (7, GT2), 83.
20. (20) Harrison Brix, San Jose, CA; Patrick Friesacher, Austria; Ferrari F430 GT (8, GT2), 83.
21. (8) Frank Biela, Germany; Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Audi AG R10/TDI (3, P1), 79.
22. (21) Gunnar Jeannette, Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Johnny Mowlem, England; Ferrari F430 GT (9, GT2), 79.
23. (26) Rueben Carrapatoso, Brazil; Francisco Pastorelli, Netherlands; Nicky Pastorelli, Netherlands; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (10, GT2), 79.
24. (29) Nathan Swartzbaugh, La Habra Heights, LA; Craig Stanton, Long Beach, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (11, GT2), 77.
25. (4) Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; David Brabham, Australia; Acura ARX-01B (9, P2), 70.
26. (25) David Murry, Cumming, GA; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT-R (12, GT2), 62.
27. (16) Mika Salo, Finland; Jaime Melo, Brazil; Ferrari F430 GT (13, GT2), 60, Accident.
28. (30) Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (14, GT2), 35, Electrical.
29. (27) Jonny Cocker, UK; Paul Drayson, London, UK; Aston Martin Vantage GT2 (15, GT2), 27, Engine.
30. (24) Alex Figge, Hollywood, CA; Jim Tafel, Alpharetta, GA; Ferrari F430 GT (16, GT2), 25, Accident.

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