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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
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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
Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Preview

ALMS
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Formerly known as Mosport, now Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario
Dyson Racing Looks Ahead To 2014, Adds Burgess, McMurry


Looking ahead to the unification of North American sports car racing in 2014, Dyson Racing has shuffled its driver lineup for the remainder of the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season. Toronto resident Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry will drive the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 in the P1 class at four of the remaining six races, beginning with Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. The two-hour, 45-minute race begins at 1 p.m. ET (LIVE, ESPN2 and ESPN3).

The two drivers will also team at Road America and Circuit of The Americas, and will co-drive with team sporting director Chris Dyson at the season-ending Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Johnny Mowlem — who has competed in every year in the ALMS — will drive for the team at Virginia International Raceway, while current drivers Dyson and Guy Smith will return for Baltimore.

“We’ve known that success next season for Dyson Racing will require an early start,” Dyson said. “We are no longer in this year’s championship hunt, and as our team will likely campaign a P2 car next year, we want to get started on that program sooner rather than later.”

Burgess finished third in each of three races with the team last year, beginning with his home event at CTMP. McMurry finished third in the 2012 Petit Le Mans.

Dyson Racing is coming off its strongest showing of the season, leading the opening hour of the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park before finishing second.

Level 5, Extreme Speed Going Head-To-Head In P2 Title Race

Extreme Speed Motorsports moved up in class for 2013 but hope to repeat as winners when the team returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the midst of a heated battle for the P2 class championship that came to a head at the recent race at Lime Rock Park.

Guy Cosmo led that race in the No. 01 ESM Tequila Patr¢n HPD ARX-03b, but was pressured in the closing laps by Ryan Briscoe in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b after a late caution bunched the field for the sprint to the checkered flag.

With three minutes, 30 seconds remaining, Briscoe bumped Cosmo and took the lead when the ESM driver spun. Briscoe and co-driver Scott Tucker went on to take the checkered flag, while Cosmo recovered to finish second.

While their finishing positions stood, following a post-race review, the winning car was given a points-penalty to approximate a stop, plus 60-second penalty. Cosmo and Sharp received the maximum 20 points, while Tucker and Briscoe received 10 points, the equivalent of a fourth-place finish. Marino Franchitti, who finished third co-driving with Tucker, received 16 points. As a result, Franchitti currently leads the P2 standings by three points over Sharp, Cosmo and Tucker (72-69). Next is Briscoe, with 65 points.

Briscoe fractured his right wrist during last weekend’s IZOD IndyCar Series event at Toronto and will not race this weekend. IndyCar veteran Mike Conway takes his place.

Four Canadian Drivers Look Forward To Competing In Home-Course Event

Fans at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix will have four Canadian drivers to root for in their home race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Tony Burgess of Toronto will drive in the premier P1 class, sharing Dyson Racing’s No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 with Chris McMurry. Burgess has three career ALMS podium finishes at the circuit.

Kuno Wittmer of Montreal drives in the GT class, joining Jonathan Bomarito in the SRT Motorsports No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra Viper GTS-R. The veteran of Formula Atlantic and World Challenge competition is running his first full season in the ALMS. Wittmer and Bomarito are coming off their best finish of the season, placing fifth at Lime Rock.

Kyle Marcelli of Barrie, Ontario and Chris Cumming of Vancouver drive the BAR1 Motorsports No. 8 Merchant Services LTD/Evident Capital/MBRP ORECA FLM09 in the Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire class. The drivers opened the season with a second-place finish in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, and are currently sixth in the PC point standings, 20 points behind leader Mike Guasch.

Marcelli, who grew up watching races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, won the IMSA Lites championship in 2009. A two-time winner in PC competition, Marcelli led last year’s race and set the fastest race lap.

Cumming led last year’s GTC class at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. A late-race unscheduled pit stop because of an engine problem with co-driver Michael Valiante at the wheel dropped the team from the class lead to a third-place finish in the final five minutes.

Cumming made his ALMS debut at the circuit in 2011, finishing fourth in GTC with JDX Racing.

Guasch, Cisneros Maintain Slim Leads As Challenge Titles Up For Grabs

Championships in both the Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire and GT Challenge classes are both up for grabs entering Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Mike Guasch leads Colin Braun by only two points in the PC class (68-66)

Guasch, driver for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ No. 52 Molecule ORECA FLM09, was a winner at Sebring and Mazda Raceway. Guasch has rotated co-drivers this season, with his Canadian Tire Motorsport Park partner yet to be announced.               

Braun took top honors at Long Beach and finished second at Lime Rock in CORE autosport’s No. 05 Composite Resources ORECA. His co-driver, Jon Bennett, did not score points in the opening race at Sebring and is fourth in the championship with 54 points.

A driver to watch in PC is Bruno Junqueira, who is coming off a victory at Lime Rock to moved up to third in the standings with 55 points. He co-drives the No. 9 RSR Racing ORECA with Duncan Ende, who missed the opener at Sebring.

The GTC battle is even closer, with the top five drivers separated by only five points.

Henrique Cisneros leads the class with 62 points. The driver of NGT Motorsport’s No. 30 MOMO Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is coming off his worst finish of the season, taking eighth after struggling with overheating issues and a late-race off-course excursion. Cisneros will co-drive at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with Sean Edwards.  This will be the third race of the year for Edwards, who won at Long Beach and finished third at Sebring. Cisneros also won at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, co-driving with Nick Tandy.

Nelson Canache Jr. and Spencer Pumpelly won at Lime Rock in the Flying Lizard Motorsports No. 45 Venezuela/eSilicon Porsche to pull within one point of the lead. The pair also finished second at Sebring.

Jeroen Bleekemolen and Cooper MacNeil are next in the standings, five points back. They opened the year by winning at Sebring in the Alex Job Racing No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche.

Six Races Remaining, Muller Not Satisfied With GT Championship Lead

Dirk Muller’s victory at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix extended his lead to 16 points in the GT point standings, but he feels it is too early in the season to take notice.

“Leading the championship is great, but it’s still a long way,” Muller  said. “I’ve won the championship twice, so I know we have a lot left.”

Muller and John Edwards co-drove the winning No. 56 Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE for BMW Team RLL. It was Müller’s 18th class victory in the ALMS. It was also the first ALMS victory for Edwards – who also captured his first pole in the series at Lime Rock.

“It’s a shame that I am alone in first place without my co-driver,” Müller  said. “Unfortunately, John couldn’t do the whole championship.”

Lime Rock marked the second victory of the season for Team RLL’s new BMW Z4, with Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin winning Round 2 at Long Beach in the team’s No. 55 Crown Plaza entry in only its second race.

“Racing the Z4 this season came very late,” Muller said. “It was a short winter, but to be this good so soon is not surprising racing with BMW.”

While Müller has 62 points and a 16-point lead in the standings, the next seven drivers are separated by just two points. Edwards is tied with Jan Magnussen and  Antonio Garcia – drivers of the No. 3 Corvette Racing Compuware Corvette C6 ZR-1 – with 46 points. It’s another point back to Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, drivers of the No. 4 Corvette Racing Compuware Corvette C6 ZR-1. Auberlen and Maxime Martin are another point behind, with 44 each.

DeltaWing Set To Make Canadian Debut At CTMP

Coming off its most competitive outing this season, the popular DeltaWing LM12 is set for its Canadian debut in Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge started 12th and ran as high as seventh overall in the most recent race at Lime Rock Park, where a solid run was ended by water pressure problems. Now, the team is focusing on continuing to develop the Élan engine and Bridgestone tires for its first visit to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. This will also be the first race at the historic Ontario circuit for both drivers.

“We made leaps and bounds forward with the car at Lime Rock, in terms of speed and handling,” said Legge. “So we have a positive outlook going into this race. We know what we need to do to fix the issues that we had at Lime Rock. We also have made great strides with the tires – and the Bridgestone team has been terrific.”

The DeltaWing will be joined in this weekend’s P1 class by Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and Dyson Racing. Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf will be looking to score their fourth consecutive victory in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c. The team has won every pole position and every race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park since making its debut at the venue in 2010. The Lime Rock victory extended Luhr’s series record to 44 career victories.

ALMS, Etc.

-  Risi Competizione will miss this weekend’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix after an incident in the closing laps of the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. The team will return to compete at Road America in August.

-  Dempsey Del Piero Racing saw a substantial increase in Twitter followers after the team’s fourth-place finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team’s social media campaign proved to be a success with a 450 percent increase in Twitter followers.

-  Joey Hand will be driving for the third time this season in the BMW Team RLL No. 56 Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE with Dirk Müller. Hand’s best finish this year was second at Long Beach. Müller is the current GT points leader, coming off a victory at Lime Rock Park with John Edwards.

-  Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow will co-drive TRG’s No. 68 Adobe Road Winery Porsche at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The pair share the points lead in GRAND-AM’s Daytona Prototype category with Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor.

-  The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix comes to downtown Toronto with RaceFest. Wednesday’s public and media event includes live pit stop demonstrations, driver autograph sessions, the first Canadian showing of the DeltaWing prototype and drivers and racecars from this weekend’s race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. ALMS drivers expected to participate in RaceFest include Tony Burgess, Kyle Marcelli, Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge. The event takes place in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square.

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