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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
Luhr puts Audi on pole at Road America

SPC
Friday, August 8, 2008

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Thumbs up for Lucas Luhr
Will the fourth time be the charm for Lucas Luhr? Audi’s German factory driver certainly hopes so. Luhr earned his fourth career pole position at Road America on Friday and was the fastest overall qualifier for the Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable. His lap of 1:46.935 (136.277 mph) gave him a 0.41-second margin over Andretti Green Racing’s Franck Montagny.

Luhr hasn’t won from pole position at Road America after three previous fast qualifiers. On Friday his time was 0.73 seconds faster than Allan McNish’s qualifying record from last year of 1:47.665 (135.353 mph).

“I should have backed off a bit,” Luhr cracked. “I'll make sure Nishy gets a note that I broke his record. I think this is one of the best race tracks in America and I really like it. It’s just good fun to come here.”

Frankly, it’s been good fun for Luhr and Marco Werner at just about every Series venue this year. Saturday’s four-hour race will allow us to see the duo go for their fourth overall victory of the season and sixth straight win in P1. They comfortably lead the class championship by 58 points over Audi teammate Emanuele Pirro, who qualified third overall and second in P1 at 1:47.579 (135.461 mph).

He will drive with newcomer Marcel Fässler in the second R10 TDI. Intersport Racing’s Jon Field qualified the AER-powered Lola B06/10-AER third in class and eighth overall at 1:48.371 (134.471 mph).

But as qualifying shows, it’s not just Audi’s P1 rivals that are threats. Both Porsche and Acura have overall victories this season.

“The course is good for our car,” said Luhr, who won his 16th career Series pole position. “I was surprised Montagny was only four tenths behind me. You can see that Acura is getting quicker and quicker, and we’ve been saying that we’ve been a bit behind in qualifying and still been able to win overall. The strategy is in our favor being a longer race, but you never know with the yellows and the things going on around the race track. If a yellow comes out, you have to be prepared to change your mind completely and react and adapt to it. Our plan is to go as fast as you can and then react to it.”

Back in P2, Acura swept the front row for the third straight race as Montagny won his first Series pole position. He will make his third start with his third different teammate - James Rossiter - in the AGR Acura ARX-01b. Montagny’s time of 1:47.345 (135.757 mph) bested Romain Dumas’ class record from last year by 1.488 seconds and McNish’s 2007 lap, as well.

“All the people who have been in the car are good drivers and they might not be going for the championship this year, but they are good,” said Montagny, a former F1 competitor. “The car is still being developed and we are now seeing the result of that. We have a good engineering crew and experience that helps me out.”

Former Road America Champ Car standout Adrian Fernandez qualified second in class and fourth overall in the Acura that he will drive with Luis Diaz. Dumas was fifth overall and third in P2 at 1:47.736 (135.264 mph) in the Porsche RS Spyder that he will share with Timo Bernhard. The pairing are the defending overall race winners.

“Tomorrow will be another great race. From now to the last race, I'm trying to work with the engineers and get used to the car. We are always improving the car, race after race and test after test. The race here is the most fun I've had. I've done a lot of racing in Europe, and some GT cars and prototypes. It’s good to go somewhere and be good right off from the start.”

Oliver Gavin earned his 17th career Series pole position and third at Road America with a lap of 2:01.235 in the Corvette C6.R that he will drive with Olivier Beretta. The Briton was 0.641 seconds better than Jan Magnussen in the other Corvette and more than three seconds quicker than Bell Motorsports’ Aston Martin DBR9.

Gavin and Beretta have won the last three GT1 championships but have captured just one victory this season (St. Petersburg) and are on favorable ground. They won together here in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

“We’re pleased for the four-hour race tomorrow,” Gavin said. “The track is quick, it’s challenging and its fun. It’s a real proper circuit. It hasn’t been sliced up and cut up like other tracks. But this is definitely a good place. It’s been one of the years where nothing has gone right for us. Even with everything that happened at Mid-Ohio we couldn’t break through. We’ll have to wait and see. We will keep pushing and keep trying.”

The Corvette squad also has its eyes on the future. Gavin said there were adjustments and developments targeted for next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Corvette has won five times in class since 2000.

“There will be some other developments but this is the best place in the US to develop those kinds of simulations,” Gavin said. “We want to be as strong as possible there for 2009.”

In GT2, Tafel Racing’s Dirk Mueller won his first Series pole position in seven years. His lap of 2:06.083 was 1.108 seconds under Jamie Melo’s previous class record from 2007. In fact, the four quickest cars were under last year’s pole time.

“We knew from this morning that it would be close,” said Mueller, who has won three times this year with teammate Dominik Farnbacher, including two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio. “The Porsches gained a lot between the last practice session and qualifying. We were out for a three-lap run. I came in after two laps and was really impressed. We don’t have a qualifying setup and were focusing on the race tomorrow.”

Mueller, whose last pole was at Mosport in August 2000, was 0.292 seconds faster than Risi Competizione’s Melo as Ferrari swept the front row for the first time this season.

Next was the class-championship leading Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Jörg Bergmeister at 2:06.415. He and Wolf Henzler lead Mueller and Dominik Farnbacher by four points in the driver championship.

“A four-hour race is worth extra points so strategy is key,” Mueller said. “You need to consider which strategy you want.  We can do double stints on our Michelins, which the Porsches cannot do. We haven’t decided on that yet. It’s a lot different than the standard length race. It’s nearly double the duration and it’s a very demanding track. It’s easy to make mistakes that can cause big problems to the car.”

The Generac 500 at Road America presented by Time Warner Cable is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 from Elkhart Lake, Wis. The four-hour race will start at 4 p.m. CT with SPEED televising the race starting at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 10. XM will air the race from 4 to 8 p.m. ET on Sunday via Sports Nation Channel 144. Live radio coverage will be available from American Le Mans Radio at americanlemans.com, which also will feature IMSA’s Live Timing & Scoring.

Results

Pos

Car Cls CP Drivers Team Car Gap
1. 2 P1 1. L.Luhr, M.Werner Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 0.000
2. 26 P2 1. F.Montagny, J.Rossiter Andretti Green Racing Acura ARX-01b 0.410
3. 1 P1 2. E.Pirro, M.Fassler Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI 0.234
4. 15 P2 2. A.Fernandez, L.Diaz Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b 0.060
5. 7 P2 3. R.Dumas, T.Bernhard Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder 0.097
6. 9 P2 4. D.Brabham, S.Sharp Highcroft Racing Acura Acura ARX-01b 0.038
7. 66 P2 5. G.de Ferran, S.Pagenaud de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-01B 0.386
8. 37 P1 3. J.Field, C.Field, R.Berry Intersport Racing Lola B06/10 AER 0.211
9. 6 P2 6. S.Maassen, P.Long Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder 0.121
10. 20 P2 7. B.Leitzinger, M.Franchitti Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder 0.094
11. 16 P2 8. C.Dyson, G.Smith Dyson Racing Porsche RS Spyder 0.868
12. 8 P2 9. G.Bonilla, B.Devlin B-K Motorsports Mazda Lola B07-46 1.733
13. 30 P1 4. R.Lewis, J.Faulkner Intersport Racing Lola B06/10 AER 0.172
14. 12 P1 5. M.Lewis, C.McMurry, B.Willman Autocon Motorsports Creation CA07-002 Ju 4.181
15. 4 GT1 1. O.Gavin, O.Beretta Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 5.695
16. 3 GT1 2. J.O'Connell, J.Magnussen Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R 0.641
17. 008 GT1 3. T.Borcheller, C.Ducote Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 2.686
18. 71 GT2 1. D.Farnbacher, D.Muller Tafel Racing Ferrari 430 GT 1.521
19. 62 GT2 2. M.Salo, J.Melo Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 0.292
20. 45 GT2 3. J.Bergmeister, W.Henzler Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 0.040
21. 87 GT2 4. D.Werner, R.Westbrook, B.Miller Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 0.178
22. 46 GT2 5. J.van Overbeek, P.Pilet Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 0.929
23. 21 GT2 6. J.Hand, T.Milner, T.Sutherland Panoz Team PTG Panoz Esperante 0.220
24. 73 GT2 7. J.Tafel, A.Figge, P.Ehret Tafel Racing Ferrari 430 GT 0.643
25. 61 GT2 8. H.Brix, R.Bell Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT 0.340
26. 40 GT2 9. A.Robertson, D.Murry, D.Robertson Robertson Racing Doran Ford GT-R 1.605
27. 18 GT2 10. N.Pastorelli, F.Pastorelli, M.Basseng VICI Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 0.082
28. 44 GT2 11. S.Neiman, D.Law Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 0.460
29. 54 GT2 12. T.Pappas, A.Lazzaro Black Swan Racing Doran Ford GT-R 0.005
30. 11 GT2 13. J.Feinberg, C.Hall Primetime Race Group Dodge Viper Comp Cou 0.926
31. 007 GT2 14. P.Drayson, J.Cocker Drayson-Barwell Aston Martin Vantage ?.???

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