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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

PC
1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

GTD
1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

PC
1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

GTLM
1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

GTD
1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
A journey through the night at LeMans

24 Hour Endurance classic
Sunday, June 15, 2008

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Cars race through the night in France
Rolex
The 24 Heures du Mans are always held the weekend closest to the shortest night of the year in France, the 21st of June. In fact, there is something magic about the moment the race passes from day into night- it becomes a wholly different challenge, and as they say, it is the stuff that legends are made of.

For all the 24 Heures du Mans participants, drivers as well as spectators, the change from day to night, and the excitement of dawn breaking is all part of the legend of 24 Heures du Mans. Each of the 3,000 journalists and thousands of spectators are welcomed into the 77,000m2 reception area (equivalent to seven Stades de France next to each other). The circuit also boasts 18,000m2 of commercial areas and the campers are spread throughout 125 hectares of camp sites (twice the area of the Disneyland Paris park).

Over 250,000 spectators attend the event during the three days and the French fans are joined by 40,000 British, 20,000 Danes, 10,000 Dutch and many more from all around the world, all united to witness the spectacular 24 Heures du Mans.

To ensure that all spectators have a memorable and safe time, a body of 2,000 officials, 2,000 marshals and track-side officials, 400 first-aid specialists and 100 doctors are ready to take action at the wheel of any of the 300 ambulances on site.

Some personalities are particularly known for their ways of passing the time throughout the night of Les 24 Heures du Mans. Paul Frère, born January 20th, 1917 in Le Havre, France, and known as a famous Belgian journalist and former driver who had played his part in no less than fifty-one 24 Heures du Mans races, passed away on February 23rd, 2008. Everyone knew and admired the gentleman, journalist and driver who had, like anyone, his own personal habits and idiosyncrasies. Once he had seen the start of Les 24 Heures du Mans from the media centre, he would spend the first part of the night in the garages with the team mechanics. At around 3am he would always retire to his Porsche, parked in P6, as close as possible to the paddock. He would get in the car, turn on the radio and rest his eyes- resisting sleep- © listening the dulcet tones of Bruno Vandestick's commentary, before being stirred as the sun began to rise again at 5am. Then he would put on a fresh sky-blue shirt and make his way to his desk, 1.019 in the media centre, where there is now a commemorative plate in his honor.

Meanwhile, that same night occurring every year during Les 24 Heures du Mans, Herb Fishel, the head of sport at General Motors, always spends the first few hours of the race in the team bus area where he would use the same strategy to rest, © dosing off with the radio blaring, ready to jump into action at a moment's notice. At the time, he would sleep on the uncomfortable seats of the General Motors team bus. Now-a-days one could offer him a soundproofed sleeping car, just like the one put at the disposal of all the drivers, doctors and nurses.

His worst 24 Heures du Mans memory dates back ten years to the night of Ron Fellows' accident. The Corvette hit the tire barriers before the second chicane and was completely destroyed. Race director Daniel Poinsenot immediately gave the team access to the video of the disaster as nobody could tell the exact location of the accident- it turned out to be in a remote corner of the circuit. Race control took action and sent one of its personal motorcycles to transport Herb Fishel and the rescue teams to the presumed location of the accident. The only way to access the site was through a campsite, following a trail through thick wood and bushes.

The safety crews immediately dispatched their nitrogen bottles to dry out the spilled oil. They gathered all the debris of the destroyed car and the doctors attended to the driver, fortunately and amazingly uninjured. The rescue operation continued under weak lamplight, and the car was eventually rebuilt in the garage, resuming the race at dawn.

However, in all of this, one of the most powerful images to emerge from the night of the 24 Heures du Mans that year was the footage of the massive organization that works throughout the whole night to keep things together. That considerable effort of all of those people combined is what ensures the race and the spectator entertainment (this year to include a concert by Mademoiselle K and Star Sailor) can continue to be enjoyed by everyone.

This is one of the most impressive aspects of the 24 Heures du Mans and it is something that does not change from year to year, allowing everyone to enjoy this legendary event.

It was just today, June 14th, at 3pm that 55 teams began the 2008 24 Heures du Mans following the Rolex countdown.

Rolex has been the Official Timekeeper for Les 24 Heures du Mans and the Le Mans Series since 2001 and 2005 respectively. In North America, Rolex has been a partner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona since 1959.

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