for your iPhone
for your iPad
Tudor USCC

Classes

Prototype (P)

Prototype Challenge(PC)

GT Le Mans (GTLM

GT Daytona (GTD)

USCC Point Standings
2014 After Long Beach
Prototype Drivers
1 Joao Barbosa 98
1 Christian Fittipaldi 98
2 Scott Pruett 93
2 Memo Rojas 93
3 Jordan Taylor 91
3 Ricky Taylor 91
4 Olivier Pla 84
4 Gustavo Yacaman 84
5 Michael Valiante 78
5 Richard Westbrook 78
6 Ed Brown 77
6 Johannes van Overbeek 77
7 Ryan Dalziel 76
7 Scott Sharp 76
8 Sebastien Bourdais 67
9 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 66
9 John Pew 66
10 Boris Said 64
11 Marino Franchitti 60
12 Joel Miller 59
13 Max Angelelli 58
14 Alex Brundle 56
15 Brian Frisselle 55
15 Burt Frisselle 55
16 Simon Pagenaud 52
17 Mike Rockenfeller 51
18 David Brabham 50
18 Scott Dixon 50
18 Tony Kanaan 50
19 Sage Karam 47
20 Klaus Graf 46
20 Lucas Luhr 46
21 Tristan Nunez 44
22 Eric Curran 43
22 Justin Wilson 43
23 Byron DeFoor 41
23 David Hinton 41
23 Jim Pace 41
24 Tom Long 40
24 Sylvain Tremblay 40
25 Tristan Vautier 35
26 Gabby Chaves 33
26 Katherine Legge 33
26 Andy Meyrick 33
26 Wayne Taylor 33
27 Fabien Giroix 31
27 John Martin 31
28 Alex Popow 30
29 Roman Rusinov 26
29 Oliver Webb 26
30 Jon Fogarty 25
30 Anthony Lazzaro 25
31 Kyle Larson 24
32 Frank Beck 23
33 Max Papis 22
33 Bradley Smith 22
34 Ben Devlin 21
34 Jamie McMurray 21
35 AJ Allmendinger 20
35 Guy Cosmo 20
36 Jann Mardenborough 19
37 James Hinchcliffe 18
38 Alexander Rossi 16
38 Sebastian Saavedra 16
39 Brendon Hartley 15
39 E.J. Viso 15
40 Memo Gidley 14
40 Alex Gurney 14
41 Scott Mayer 2
42 Pierre Kaffer 1
42 Darren Law 1
A win-win-win situation for ALMS

by David Phillips
Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Advertisement

Different classes make the racing interesting in ALMS
At Mid-Ohio a few weeks ago an old friend from the CART/Champ Car days observed - with more than a hint of condescension - one reason the American Le Mans Series has developed a fair degree of momentum is that “with four classes, everybody gets to win.  If we’d run Formula Atlantic and Champ Cars together we’d have had 35- and 40-car grids, too.”

There’s no doubting my friend’s arithmetic when it comes to car counts, although there are good reasons (safety for one) that open-wheel classes are rarely mixed together outside an SCCA regional. (Come to think of it, my closest brush with injury during my highly forgettable FF1600 “career” resulted from a coming together with a Formula A - aka F5000 - car in Turn 1 at Nelson Ledges).

Still, my chum unwittingly put his finger on one of the reasons the Series is attracting 30-plus fields of late when he said “everybody gets to win.” Clearly he meant that in any given race with 30-some starters, there will be four class winners, four second-place and three third-place finishers. In other words, upward of a third of the competitors will finish on the podium.

But at the risk of sounding like an ALMS shill, I would take his comments one step further - particularly in light of Saturday’s race at Road America - and suggest there were more than four winners at the Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable.  For in addition to Lucas Luhr, Marco Werner and Audi; David Brabham, Scott Sharp and Patr¢n Highcroft Racing; Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Corvette Racing; and Dirk Werner, Richard Westbrook, Bryce Miller and Farnbacher Loles Racing, I would argue the fans at Road America and those watching on television could be added to the list of winners.

By any measure, that was a heck of a race Saturday. Indeed, by my friend’s measure, it was at least three superb races with Audi battling Acura, Porsche and, for a time, Intersport Racing for the overall win (and in the case of Intersport, LMP1 honors); the Andretti Green, Lowe’s Fernandez and Patr¢n Highcroft Acuras battling the two DHL Penske Porsche RS Spyders and Dyson Racing’s Porsche driven by Butch Leitzinger/Marino Franchitti competing for the LMP2 win, and upward of half a dozen competitors vying for the GT2 victory. 

Certainly a succession of full-course yellows late in the race was the catalyst for a boffo finish that saw Marco Werner scythe through the battle between Brabham and AGR’s Franck Montagny for the overall win, and the door-handle-to-door-handle GT2 dice between Dirk Werner and Risi Competizione’s Mika Salo.  But as anyone paying attention could plainly see, the outcome of the overall win, LMP2 and GT2 was very much in doubt throughout. 

Heck, even the usual Corvette domination of GT1 was short-circuited when Oliver Gavin crashed out of the race at the three-hour mark (giving Champ Car one final blast of television time in the bargain). With Magnussen having made an unscheduled pit stop to investigate a handling anomaly - which probably was nothing worse than rubber pick-up on his Michelins - we were only one serious mechanical problem away from a real upset, namely a GT1 win by Terry Borcheller and Chapman Ducote in the Bell Motorsports Aston Martin. As it was, the team got an overdue measure of reward for their labors of the past few months with a nice run to second place, two laps down to O’Connell and Magnussen after four hours of racing.

So, yes there were three more winners in the Generac 500 than in any Champ Car, IndyCar, Formula One, GP2, A1GP or, for that matter, Formula Atlantic Championship race (although both Jonathan Bomarito and Jonathan Summerton won Atlantic races at Road America thanks to the doubleheader weekend).  Given the fierce competition throughout the afternoon and evening, however, it’s fair to say there were no gimmes, no gratuitous trophies handed-out Saturday night.

Nor, I dare say, were there many fans leaving the circuit or watching the post-race recap feeling they’d been short-changed.

David Phillips is one of North America’s most respected and renowned motorsports journalist. His ‘Another Turn’ features will appear periodically on americanlemans.com throughout the season. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Le Mans Series.

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article