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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 31
1 Christian Fittipaldi 31
2 Brian Frisselle 26
2 Burt Frisselle 26
3 Sage Karam 26
4 Max Angelelli 25
4 Jordan Taylor 25
4 Ricky Taylor 25
5 Scott Pruett 24
5 Memo Rojas 24
6 Sebastien Bourdais 23
7 Michael Valiante 22
7 Richard Westbrook 22
8 Scott Dixon 22
8 Tony Kanaan 22
9 Ryan Dalziel 21
9 Scott Sharp 21
10 Johannes van Overbeek 21
10 Ed Brown 21
11 Marino Franchitti 20
12 Alex Brundle 20
12 Gustavo Yacaman 20
13 Eric Curran 18
13 Boris Said 18
14 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 18
14 John Pew 18
15 Joel Miller 18
15 Tristan Vautier 18
16 Gabby Chaves 18
16 Katherine Legge 18
17 David Brabham 17
18 Simon Pagenaud 17
19 Wayne Taylor 15
20 Fabien Giroix 14
20 John Martin 14

1 Chevrolet 38
2 Ford 34
3 Nissan 28
4 Honda 26
5 Mazda 18
7th Straight Victory For Luhr, Graf In Austin

Tucker, Briscoe Win P2; Marcelli, Cumming Take First PC Triumph
Saturday, September 21, 2013


Muscle Milk grabs the lead at the start
Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf cruised to their seventh consecutive American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron victory Saturday in the International Sports Car Weekend race, lapping the field twice at Circuit of The Americas.

Luhr and Graf led all the way in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c, completing 83 laps over the two-hour, 45-minute race. Luhr extended his ALMS-leading victory total to 48. The winners averaged xx mph in the race, run start to finish under the green flag.

With the ALMS competitors racing on the sparkling 3.4-mile layout for the first time, teams had the opportunity to test on Tuesday and Thursday under warm conditions.  Muscle Milk Pickett Racing opted not to test – taking to the track for the first time on a rainy Friday for practice and qualifying.

“Lucas took the lead going into the first corner, and took off from there,” Graf said. “With little to no dry running, hats off to the team and the setup. We’ve really put together an excellent package. Now we want to win the last two races – especially Petit Le Mans – and if we can give Lucas his 50th win it would be unbelievable.”

Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry finished second in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60. Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick completed the P1 podium, despite falling out in the closing minutes in the debut of the coupe version of the No. 0 DeltaWing DWC-13.

Level 5 Motorsports rebounded from an early challenge by Extreme Speed Motorsports to place 1-2 in the P2 class. Scott Tucker won for the sixth time this season, co-driving with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 551 Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b. Marino Franchitti and Guy Cosmo placed second in the team’s No. 552 entry, 5.279 seconds behind at the finish.

“It wasn’t very dramatic for us, which was nice for once,” said Tucker, whose 24th career victory came one race after a major disappointment at Baltimore, when a first lap accident ended his day. Unofficially, Franchitti now leads Cosmo by four points (141-137), with Tucker third with 129 points.

Kyle Marcelli and Chris Cumming scored their first Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire (PC) victory of the season in the No. 8 BAR1 Motorsports Evident Capital/MBRP Performance Exhaust Merchant Services ORECA FLM09.

“The competition is so good and so close, you have to be ready from the get-go,” said Marcelli. “This is the best of the best, and you have to bring your ‘A’ game to win races. We’ve had little mistakes in each race that cost us ... this was a mistake-free race.”

Mike Guasch captured the points lead in the class after finishing second, co-driving with Dane Cameron in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Molecule ORECA FLM09. Jon Bennett took third in the No. 05 CORE autosport Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 with new co-driver Tom Kimber Smith. Unofficially, Guasch has 120 points, seven more than Bennett and eight more than Colin Braun, who moved to CORE autosport’s GT Porsche.

The next ALMS event will be at Virginia International Raceway on Oct. 5, the last race before the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 20.

Garcia's Corvette right
Garcia’s Corvette Holds Off BMW, Viper Challenges In GT Victory
In a race that ran start-to-finish under the green flag, Compuware Corvette Racing driver Antonio Garcia held off repeated challenges by BMW driver Dirk Muller and SRT Viper driver Jonathan Bomarito over the closing 30 minutes to take the ALMS GT class victory in the International Sports Car Weekend at Circuit of The Americas.

Garcia took the third triumph of the season in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette Racing Corvette C6 ZR1 started by Jan Magnussen, and gave them the lead in the championship with two races remaining after Corvette Racing teammates Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin went out early with mechanical problems.

Garcia and Magnussen celebrate their GT victory

With the clock running down, Muller got side-by-side with the leader several times in the No. 56 BMW Team RLL Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE started by John Edwards, but couldn’t make the pass. Bomarito then passed Muller for second with five minutes remaining in the No. 93 Pennzoil SRT Viper GTS-R started by Kuno Wittmer, and closed to within .854 seconds of Garcia at the checkered flag.

“I had Dirk on my bumper with 30 minutes to go, and I thought it was going to be a long 30 minutes to try and hold him off,” Garcia said. “Then there was a quick cluster of traffic, so I went aggressive to try to get him stuck in that. Then I got a good gap and they were never able to get the gap back. This was our second victory in a row – which is very rare for us – so we’re very happy to win today.”

Tommy Milner and co-driver Oliver Gavin entered the race with a two-point lead in the GT standings. However, Milner began experiencing transmission trouble as early as Lap 4, and pulled off and retired shortly before the one-hour mark – not logging enough time to score points. As a result, Magnussen and Garcia now unofficially lead Muller by 13 points (112-99), with Milner and Gavin at 94.

Both the GT and GTC classes were hotly contested in the closing half-hour – and with five minutes remaining, the GT leaders lapped their GTC counterparts. Sean Edwards was leading the GTC class in the No. 30 NGT Motorsport MOMO Porsche 911 GT3 started by Henrique Cisneros, but was bumped wide by Garcia as he went by.

That move opened the door for Damian Faulkner to take the lead and win for the first time with Ben Keating in the No. 66 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Edwards held on for second in the No. 30 NGT Motorsport MOMO Porsche 911 GT3 Cup started by Henrique Cisneros, 12 seconds back.

“That was basically a race-long battle with Sean Edwards in the No. 30 car, and we were miles ahead of the third-place car,” Faulkner said. “I knew Sean was a bit harder on the tires, so I knew the gap would come back to me. With 20 minutes to go, I really started pushing. It was a fantastic battle. He got in the mix with some of the GT cars, got out in the dirt and I was able to get him back.”

Andy Lally took third place in the closing minutes to join Patrick Dempsey on the podium in the No. 27 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, giving the pair their second top-three finish of the season.

Jeroen Bleekemolen and Cooper MacNeil entered the race leading GTC by six points lead and finished sixth, one position behind Spencer Pumpelly and Nelson Canache Jr. – who now unofficially trail by four points (115-111).

The next ALMS race will be the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Race results

Pos Starting Cl Pos Class Car Number Drivers Laps
1 1 1 P1 6 Klaus Graf / Lucas Luhr 83
2 2 2 P1 16 Tony Burgess / Chris McMurry 81
3 5 1 P2 551 Scott Tucker / Ryan Briscoe 80
4 4 2 P2 552 Scott Tucker / Marino Franchitti / Guy Cosmo 80
5 27 3 P2 02 Ed Brown / Johannes van Overbeek 79
6 28 4 P2 01 Scott Sharp / Anthony Lazzaro 79
7 7 1 PC 8 Kyle Marcelli / Chris Cumming 79
8 31 2 PC 52 Mike Guasch / Dane Cameron 79
9 8 3 PC 05 Jonathan Bennett / Tom Kimber-Smith 79
10 9 4 PC 18 Tristan Nunez / Charlie Shears 78
11 6 5 PC 81 Mirco Schultis / Renger van der Zande 78
12 30 6 PC 9 Bruno Junqueira / David Heinemeier Hansson 78
13 12 1 GT 3 Jan Magnussen / Antonio Garcia 78
14 15 2 GT 93 Jonathan Bomarito / Kuno Wittmer 78
15 33 3 GT 56 Dirk Müller / John Edwards 78
16 11 4 GT 55 Bill Auberlen / Joey Hand 77
17 17 5 GT 91 Dominik Farnbacher / Marc Goossens 77
18 32 6 GT 62 Olivier Beretta / Matteo Malucelli 77
19 18 7 GT 17 Wolf Henzler / Bryan Sellers 76
20 19 8 GT 23 Bill Sweedler / Townsend Bell 75
21 20 1 GTC 66 Ben Keating / Damien Faulkner 72
22 21 2 GTC 30 Henrique Cisneros / Sean Edwards 72
23 23 3 GTC 27 Patrick Dempsey / Andy Lally 72
24 25 4 GTC 11 Mike Hedlund / Jan Heylen 72
25 26 5 GTC 45 Nelson Canache, Jr. / Spencer Pumpelly 72
26 22 6 GTC 22 Cooper MacNeil / Jeroen Bleekemolen 71
27 24 7 GTC 44 Seth Neiman / Dion von Moltke 71
28 10 7 PC 7 Rusty Mitchell / Tomy Drissi 69
29 3 3 P1 0 Andy Meyrick / Katherine Legge 66
30 16 9 GT 48 Bryce Miller / Marco Holzer 56
31 14 10 GT 06 Patrick Long / Colin Braun 53
32 29 8 PC 5 Ryan Dalziel / John Pew 45
33 13 11 GT 4 Oliver Gavin / Tommy Milner 26

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