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1 Tony Kanaan 36
1 Kyle Larson 36
1 Jamie McMurray 36
2 Joao Barbosa 33
2 Sebastien Bourdais 33
2 Christian Fittipaldi 33
3 Guy Cosmo 31
3 Mike Rockenfeller 31
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5 Matt McMurry 27
5 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 27
5 John Pew 27
6 Joey Hand 26
6 Sage Karam 26
6 Charlie Kimball 26
6 Scott Pruett 26
7 David Cheng 25
7 Robert Gewirtz 25
7 Mark Kvamme 25
7 Shane Lewis 25
8 Byron DeFoor 24
8 David Hinton 24
8 Jim Pace 24
8 Dorsey Schroeder 24
8 Doug Smith 24
9 Rubens Barrichello 23
9 Tor Graves 23
9 Brendon Hartley 23
9 Ryan Hunter-Reay 23
9 Scott Mayer 23
10 Ryan Dalziel 22
10 David Heinemeier Hansson 22
10 Scott Sharp 22
11 Ben Devlin 21
11 Tom Long 21
11 Joel Miller 21
12 Jonathan Bomarito 20
12 James Hinchcliffe 20
12 Tristan Nunez 20
12 Sylvain Tremblay 20
13 Alex Brundle 19
13 Nic Jonsson 19
13 Tracy Krohn 19
13 Olivier Pla 19
14 Ed Brown 18
14 Jon Fogarty 18
14 Johannes van Overbeek 18
15 Gabby Chaves 17
15 Katherine Legge 17
15 Andy Meyrick 17
15 Memo Rojas 17
16 Max Angelelli 16
16 Jordan Taylor 16 Ricky Taylor 16
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7 #66 RG Racing 25
8 #50 Highway To Help Race Team 24
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12 #70 SpeedSource 20
13 #57 Krohn Racing 19
14 #2 Tequila Patron ESM 18
15 #0 DeltaWing Racing 17
16 #10 Wayne Taylor Racing 16

Manufacturers
1 Ford 35
2 Chevrolet 32
3 Honda 30
4 BMW 28
5 Mazda 26
Audi vs. Peugeot the headline again

at 24 Hours of LeMans
Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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Can Audi again hold off the Peugeot challenge?
There’s little doubt that Audi will face the biggest challenge of its Le Mans career this week. Just ask anyone involved with Audi Sport, and they will confirm it. The second diesel showdown in the world’s greatest motor race sees three R10 TDIs from the Audi camp matched up against a trio of diesel challengers from Peugeot, a year after Audi’s 10-lap victory in a rain-soaked 24 Hours.

As it has in seven previous races in eight years, Audi enters as the defending race winner. Ingolstadt’s record at Le Mans is exemplary to say the least. Since its first victory in 2000, Audi has recorded 17 podium finishes - an even 20 counting the podiums for the Audi-powered Bentleys in the early part of the decade. But although the green British coupe did take a Le Mans victory in 2003, the challenge that Peugeot represents is unlike any Audi has faced.

“The competition is very strong and is preparing itself meticulously for this 24-hour race,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport. “This is a huge challenge for us. The main aim is to win the race again. It will probably be the toughest Le Mans race in which we have competed up to now. However the bigger the challenge the greater the motivation.”

Audi R10 TDi
Last year’s win at Le Mans was Audi’s only overall race victory against Peugeot. Yes, Audi did win in LMP1 at Sebring with Peugeot in the field but finished third overall behind two Porsche RS Spyders. On the other hand, Peugeot is 3-0 against Audi in the Le Mans Series although Audi has finished second in each round.

“The LMS has shown just how strong Peugeot can be. We expect things to be similar at Le Mans,” said Frank Biela, part of the winning trio the last two years with Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner. “However, we have some advantages in the pit stop and strategy areas. Everything was perfect in these particular areas last year. Our car has stamina which is something that not every opponent can claim. It’ll be exciting and we are looking forward to it.”

On paper, the race for overall victory will come down to 21 entries in the highest prototype class with challenges expected to come from a fleet of Lolas, Courages, Creations and Pescarolos. But confidence radiates in the Audi camp with two R10 TDIs entered under Audi Sport North America and another by Audi Sport Team Joest, that car being driven by Lucas Luhr, Mike Rockenfeller and Alexandre Premat.

“Of course the focus of everybody is on what happens at the front,” said Allan McNish, who will team with Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen. “But as we have seen during the races in Europe the Aston Martin is very quick, the Dome is doing well and the Courage was on the podium. So I think the LMP1 grid is very full of strong competitors. But of course the duel between Audi and Peugeot is making the headlines and there are good chances that the two will fight for the victory at the end.”

“The philosophy and the strength of Audi have always been to concentrate on ourselves and to show our best performance during every lap and pit stop of the race,” Pirro said. “Of course we know about the capabilities of our competitors. But we know what a good car we have and we know what good Joest guys we have. We have respect but we are not afraid of anyone.”

The 76th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans runs from 9 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time) Saturday, June 14 to 9 a.m. ET Sunday, June 15  from the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Forty-two drivers will represent the American Le Mans Series, whose teams have captured seven overall victories and 22 class championships since 1999. SPEED will televise the event live, and Radio Le Mans will have flag-to-flag coverage of the race as well as practice and qualifying on June 11 and 12.

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