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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
David Brabham puts Patron Acura on pole

ALMS at Lime Rock
Friday, July 11, 2008

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Pole winning No. 9 Patron car of David Brabham (celebrating above) and Scott Sharp
Racing at home never felt so good for David Brabham and Dirk Werner. Brabham scored his fifth overall pole position and Werner his first class pole in qualifying Friday for the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Brabham’s Patr¢n Highcroft Racing and Werner’s Farnbacher Loles Racing both are based in nearby Danbury, Conn., about 50 miles from the freshly repaved circuit.

Brabham’s lap of 46.696 (115.642 mph) came on his final flying lap around the new 1.51-mile, 10-turn layout as Acura swept the front row with its ARX-01b entries. Brabham’s second overall pole with Acura came at the expense of Simon Pagenaud, driving de Ferran Motorsports’ entry with team owner Gil de Ferran. The young Frenchman turned a time of 47.082 (114.694 mph).

As hard as it might be to believe, qualifying at Lime Rock was closer than the previous round of qualifying at Salt Lake City. Friday saw just 0.843 seconds separating the top nine cars.

“I told the team I’m sorry it took so long, but I just wanted to make them sweat it out,” said Brabham, who will drive Saturday’s race with Scott Sharp. “I put together a great lap and finally got one for the team. It’s nice to do it on what we call our home track. We have more than 200 guests coming this weekend, and it’s great to put on a great show and show them what we’re all about.”

Brabham and Sharp already have a victory to their credit, a thrilling win at the Tequila Patr¢n American Le Mans at Long Beach. The duo also were runners-up in LMP2 at St. Petersburg in just their second race together. With Acuras holding three of the top four qualifying positions, the ARX-01bs are putting more and more pressure on Porsche and Audi for overall race honors.

“Last year, there were certain objectives Acura wanted to achieve,” Brabham said. “They got a win early on in their first start and all three cars finished Sebring. Next was a pole which Dario (Franchitti) got and then I got another soon after. They then focused a lot on what the car could do this year. So every time we go out we are still learning and gaining more knowledge. But hats off to Acura and HPD for bringing us a great car last year and the improvements we’ve been making since the start. This is a very serious program so everyone has to be at a very high level. As a driver it’s great to have lots of people around you that are focused on winning.”

The top seven cars were the lighter, more nimble P2 cars that were able to maneuver around Lime Rock more efficiently than the bigger LMP1 entries. Audi’s Emanuele Pirro qualified on the P1 pole in the Audi R10 TDI that he will drive with Dindo Capello. Pirro’s lap of 47.403 (113.917 mph) was 0.136 seconds better than Lucas Luhr in the other diesel-powered Audi. Luhr will drive with Marco Werner, the pairing that leads the class championship and have won the last three LMP1 races.

This week marks Pirro’s first Series race with Capello despite both coming to Audi 15 years ago.

“We’ve been here before and done a lot of rental car sharing, but never a race car,” Pirro said. “I have a lot of memories with Frank Biela and those will never fade, but I am really excited to finally drive with Dindo. When we started with Audi together, he was an up-and-comer and I was a little more established. Now he is a very established driver and it’s great to bring the two of us together.”

Audi comes to Lime Rock a month after taking its ninth overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 10 years. Capello won with Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen. But the wide-open length of Le Mans is a stark contrast to the tightness at Lime Rock.

“The surface is very soft, but it is holding up nicely,” Pirro said. “The new chicanes have made the track very hard for us because our cars are not made for such slow changes in direction. They are also so tight that all the cars have to take the same line so it makes it impossible to pass anyone. But for me personally, I am really happy to be here. I was really pleased to come here and get those feelings back and remember why I love driving race cars so much.”

Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin took his first career Lime Rock pole position but 15th of his career. Gavin’s lap of 52.792 (102.288 mph) was 0.247 seconds ahead of Jan Magnussen in the sister Corvette C6.R. Lime Rock has been good to Gavin and teammate Olivier Beretta over the years. The duo has won three times in four starts since 2004.

Gavin and Beretta are chasing Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell for the GT1 championship lead. After four races, O’Connell and Magnussen led by eight points having won three times to open the season. But Gavin and Beretta have had a habit of coming on strong in the second half. Since 2004, they have recorded 16 victories post-Le Mans, an average of four per season.

“Usually we have come off a good result at Le Mans,” said Gavin, who was third in class with Beretta and Max Papis this year. “But we are all ready to put that behind us. We just had some rough luck and a rough run for the first half of the season. Putting that behind us, this is the best way to start.”

Bell Motorsports’ Aston Martin DBR9, returning to competition for the first time since a crash at St. Petersburg in April, did not qualify after a crash in Friday’s second practice session.

Werner gave Farnbacher Loles its first pole position in the American Le Mans Series with a lap of 54.154 (99.716 mph) in the team’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Werner will team with Richard Westbrook for the first time this weekend, which already has gotten off to a fantastic start.

The Porsche qualified 0.566 seconds ahead of Risi Competizione’s Mika Salo in the best of the Ferrari F430 GTs. Salo and Jaime Melo are coming off a class victory at Le Mans with Gianmaria Bruni. Next was Tafel Racing’s lead Ferrari of Dirk Mueller at 54.824 (98.497 mph) in the entry he will drive with Dominik Farnbacher.

“I think you like the track anytime you get a good result,” Werner said. “The track has changed even since I drove it before this year. The surface is so smooth and very slippery. It’s very different from all the other tracks we have driven. It was a bit of guessing on the setup for qualifying. The team did a very good job of preparing the car under these conditions. I’m very happy that we could prove the performance of the car and the team.”

It has been a tough-luck season so far for Farnbacher Loles, which like Patr¢n Highcroft has its corporate headquarters in nearby Danbury. Werner, Marc Basseng and Bryce Miller were running second at Sebring before crashing just before the halfway mark. Werner and Basseng were third at St. Petersburg, fifth at Long Beach and were excluded after a fourth-place effort at Salt Lake City after the fuel cell was deemed too big.

So maybe a bit of home-cooking is what the team needs. Of course it depends on the traffic and patience of the drivers.

“It will be very difficult to stay out of trouble,” Werner said. “The overtaking opportunities have gotten better, I think, because there are so many hard-braking zones. This will be very difficult for the GT cars and LMP cars to find who has the right to go through first. The prototypes will be very aggressive and it is their race too. You have to have a good car to race to the end and go for a good result. I think there will be a lot of yellows so there won’t be a need to race very hard.”

The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix is race is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 12 at Lime Rock Park. SPEED will televise the race from noon to 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 13. XM Satellite Radio will air the event live on XM Sports Nation Channel 144. Additional live coverage from American Le Mans Radio and IMSA’s Live Timing & Scoring also will be available at americanlemans.com.

Lineup

1. Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; David Brabham, Australia; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 46.696, 115.64
2. Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Simon Pagenaud, France; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 47.082, 114.69
3. Marco Werner, Germany; Lucas Luhr, Germany; Audi AG R10/TDI (P1), 47.104, 114.64
4. Sascha Maassen, Germany; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 47.177, 114.46
5. Timo Bernhard, Germany; Romain Dumas, France; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 47.240, 114.31
6. Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 47.264, 114.25
7. Franck Montagny, Brignoles France; Marco Andretti, Nazareth, PA; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 47.313, 114.13
8. Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Marino Franchitti, Scot.; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 47.325, 114.10
9. Dindo Capello, Italy; Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Audi AG R10/TDI (P1), 47.403, 113.92
10. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 47.651, 113.32
11. Ben Devlin, England; Gerardo Bonilla, Orlando, FL; Lola B07/46-Mazda MZR-R (P2), 49.251, 109.64
12. Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Oliver Gavin, England; Corvette C6.R (GT1), 52.792, 102.29
13. Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Den; Corvette C6.R (GT1), 53.039, 101.81
14. Dirk Werner, Germany; Richard Westbrook, England; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 54.154, 99.72
15. Mika Salo, Finland; Jaime Melo, Brazil; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 54.720, 98.68
16. Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Dirk Mueller, Germany; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 54.824, 98.50
17. Wolf Henzler, Germany; Joerg Bergmeister, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 54.932, 98.30
18. Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Patrick Pilet, France; Porsche 911 RSR (GT2), 54.971, 98.23
19. Tommy Milner, Leesburg, VA; Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; Panoz Esperante (GT2), 55.312, 97.63
20. Harrison Brix, San Jose, CA; Patrick Friesacher, Austria; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 55.458, 97.37
21. Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 55.466, 97.36
22. Jonny Cocker, UK; Paul Drayson, London, UK; Aston Martin Vantage (GT2), 57.409, 94.06
23. Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, GA; Doran Ford GT-R (GT2), 57.724, 93.55
24. Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (GT2), 58.508, 92.30
25. Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Richard Berry, Evergreen, CO; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), No Time
26. Alex Figge, Hollywood, CA; Jim Tafel, Alpharetta, GA; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), No Time
27. Terry Borcheller, Vero Beach, FL; Chapman Ducote, Miami, FL; Aston Martin DBR9 (GT1), No Time
28. David Murry, Cumming, GA; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT-R (GT2), No Time.

Qualifying Comparison

Pos

Car Class CPos Qual. Driver Team Car Time Behind to 1st Speed
1. 9 P2 1 David Brabham Highcroft Racing Acura Acura ARX-01b 46.696 0.000 0.000 115.64
2. 66 P2 2 Simon Pagenaud de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-01B 47.082 0.386 0.386 114.69
3. 2 P1 1 Lucas Luhr Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 47.104 0.022 0.408 114.64
4. 6 P2 3 Patrick Long Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder 47.177 0.073 0.481 114.46
5. 7 P2 4 Romain Dumas Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder 47.240 0.063 0.544 114.31
6. 15 P2 5 Adrian Fernandez Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b 47.264 0.024 0.568 114.25
7. 26 P2 6 Franck Montagny Andretti Green Racing Acura ARX-01b 47.313 0.049 0.617 114.13
8. 20 P2 7 Marino Franchitti Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder 47.325 0.012 0.629 114.10
9. 1 P1 2 Emanuele Pirro Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 47.403 0.078 0.707 113.92
10. 16 P2 8 Chris Dyson Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder 47.651 0.248 0.955 113.32
11. 8 P2 9 Gerardo Bonilla B-K Motorsports Mazda Lola B07-46 49.251 1.600 2.555 109.64
12. 4 GT1 1 Oliver Gavin Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 52.792 3.541 6.096 102.29
13. 3 GT1 2 Jan Magnussen Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 53.039 0.247 6.343 101.81
14. 87 GT2 1 Dirk Werner Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 54.154 1.115 7.458 99.72
15. 62 GT2 2 Mika Salo Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 54.720 0.566 8.024 98.68
16. 71 GT2 3 Dirk Mueller Tafel Racing Ferrari 430 GT 54.824 0.104 8.128 98.50
17. 45 GT2 4 Wolf Henzler Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 54.932 0.108 8.236 98.30
18. 46 GT2 5 Patrick Pilet Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 54.971 0.039 8.275 98.23
19. 21 GT2 6 Tom Milner Panoz Team PTG Panoz Esperante 55.312 0.341 8.616 97.63
20. 61 GT2 7 Patrick Friesacher Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 55.458 0.146 8.762 97.37
21. 44 GT2 8 Darren Law Flying Lizard Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 55.466 0.008 8.770 97.36
22. 007 GT2 9 Jonny Cocker Drayson-Barwell Aston Martin Vantage 57.409 1.943 10.713 94.06
23. 54 GT2 10 Anthony Lazzaro Black Swan Racing Doran Ford GT-R 57.724 0.315 11.028 93.55
24. 11 GT2 11 Chris Hall Primetime Race Group Dodge Viper Comp Coupe 58.508 0.784 11.812 92.30

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