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After Rolex 24
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Scott Dixon 36
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
3 Michael Valiante 31
3 Richard Westbrook 31
4 Dane Cameron 29
4 Eric Curran 29
4 Phil Keen 29
4 Max Papis 29
5 AJ Allmendinger 27
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

1 #02 Chip Ganassi Racing 36
2 #5 Action Express Racing 33
3 #90 Racing 31
4 #31 Action Express Racing 29
5 #60 Michael Shank Racing 27
6 #01 Chip Ganassi Racing 26
7 #66 RG Racing 25
8 #50 Highway To Help Race Team 24
9 #7 Starworks Motorsport 23
10 #1 Tequila Patrn ESM 22
11 #07 SpeedSource 21
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

1 Ford 35
2 Chevrolet 32
3 Honda 30
4 BMW 28
5 Mazda 26
A win-win-win situation for ALMS

by David Phillips
Tuesday, August 12, 2008


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 throughout the season. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Le Mans Series.

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