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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
Prototype Drivers
1 Joao Barbosa 349
1 Christian Fittipaldi 349
2 Jordan Taylor 330
2 Ricky Taylor 330
3 Michael Valiante 318
3 Richard Westbrook 318
4 Scott Pruett 317
5 Gustavo Yacaman 287
6 Memo Rojas 285
7 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 281
7 John Pew 281
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8 Johannes van Overbeek 262
9 Ryan Dalziel 228
9 Scott Sharp 228
10 Joel Miller 222
11 Tristan Nunez 208
12 Sylvain Tremblay 179
13 Eric Curran 175
14 Olivier Pla 172
15 Alex Brundle 169
16 Boris Said 168
17 Burt Frisselle 154
18 Tom Long 137
19 Katherine Legge 131
20 Max Angelelli 121
21 Andy Meyrick 111
22 Brian Frisselle 106
23 Sage Karam 104
24 Sebastien Bourdais 100
25 Gabby Chaves 82
26 Scott Dixon 81
27 HoPin Tung 80
28 Mike Rockenfeller 76
29 Marino Franchitti 24 8 36 1 60
30 Tristan Vautier 59
31 Jon Fogarty 55
32 Simon Pagenaud 52
33 David Brabham 50
34 Tony Kanaan 50
35 Max Papis 49
36 Klaus Graf 46
36 Lucas Luhr 46
37 Guy Cosmo 46
38 Anthony Lazzaro 46
39 Ben Devlin 46
40 Justin Wilson 43
41 Byron DeFoor 41
41 David Hinton 41
41 Jim Pace 41
42 Wayne Taylor 33
43 Fabien Giroix 31
43 John Martin 31
44 Alex Popow 30
45 Roman Rusinov 26
45 Oliver Webb 26
46 Kyle Larson 24
47 Frank Beck 23
48 Bradley Smith 22
49 Jamie McMurray 21
50 AJ Allmendinger 20
51 Jann Mardenborough 19
52 James Hinchcliffe 19
53 Alexander Rossi 16
54 Sebastian Saavedra 16
55 Brendon Hartley 15
55 E.J. Viso 15
56 Memo Gidley 14
56 Alex Gurney 14
57 Scott Mayer 3
58 Pierre Kaffer 1
59 Darren Law 1
Fernandez/Haberfeld win accident marred M-O race

Grand-AM
Saturday, June 24, 2006

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Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld celebrate
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LEXINGTON – After starting last on the Daytona Prototype grid, No. 12 Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley co-drivers Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld drove all the way through the field to earn their first career Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve victory in Saturday’s EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (SPEED, 3 p.m. ET, June 25).

The finish of the race was marred by a frightening crash involving No. 21 Matt Connolly Motorsports BMW M3 driver Joey Hand and the No. 64 TRG Pontiac GTO.R of Paul Edwards. While battling for the GT class lead on Lap 97, Edwards made contact with the rear of Hand’s car along the back straightaway, forcing the No. 21 machine off-course and into a series of end-over-end flips.

Hand was awake and alert following the incident and was transported to nearby MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital. The driver never lost consciousness and underwent a series of tests, but did not complain of any injuries. Precautionary x-rays were negative, while results of a CAT-scan were still pending. Hand remained hospitalized as of 11:15 p.m. ET. Edwards was able to continue on course following the incident and was not injured.

Getting back to the Daytona Prototype race, the No. 12 machine—in which Haberfeld originally turned the third-fastest time in Friday’s qualifying session—was moved to the rear of the grid when post-qualifying technical inspection revealed that the car was too wide. Adding further insult to injury, the car did not take its position on the starting grid, as the team battled an electrical problem with the cool-suit mechanism in the car. As a result, Haberfeld joined the field at the end of the second pace lap.

From there, however, Haberfeld carefully worked his way up in the running order before turning the car over to Fernandez in a pit stop under caution on Lap 41. As teams adopted significantly different pit strategies, the one used by the Lowe’s Fernandez team proved to make the difference in the race. Fernandez claimed the lead from Jon Fogarty, when Fogarty brought the No. 99 GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing Pontiac Riley onto pit road for its final stop of the evening under another full-course caution on Lap 72.

From that point on, Fernandez would not be challenged and the owner/driver went on to record the victory for his first-year team. It was Fernandez’s second major race victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as the Mexican also won a CART Champ Car event at the facility in 1998. It was Fernandez’s first feature race victory in Rolex Series competition, although he did win the qualifying race for the GAINSCO Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway in May.

"I’m so proud of this whole team," said Fernandez. "We made some changes on the car this morning to help our setup in the dry conditions, but we’ve been fast all weekend. Our restarts were very strong and our tires held up. We had to take a chance on the fuel, but luckily, it worked out. The competition is real strong here, and I’m glad to get the first win here for Lowe’s and the whole team."

Fernandez and Haberfeld became the sixth different set of teammates to win in nine Rolex Series feature races this season, and were the fifth different winners in the past five events. The Rolex Series record for most different winners in a single season was seven, established last year.

"It’s good to get a win here," said Haberfeld. "We know we had a quick car, and we got the yellows that we needed. It’s great to finally get the first Rolex Series win for Lowe’s."

Like the No. 12 team, the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley team of Colin Braun and points leader Jörg Bergmeister also started from the rear of the grid for the same post-qualifying penalty. Braun—who turned in the fastest time in Friday qualifying—started 25th as a result of the penalty. Braun quickly worked his way through the field as well, moving into the top 10 on Lap 12 of what would be a 99-lap event.

The No. 76 machine was a fixture in the top 10 from that point on. Braun turned the car over to Bergmeister in a pit stop under caution on Lap 41, and the German ran among the leaders for the rest of the event before finishing second. It was Bergmeister’s second-consecutive top-two result, as he co-drove to victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen three weeks ago with Boris Said, and the performance allowed him to extend his lead in the Daytona Prototype driver standings to 26 points, 323-297, over No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley co-drivers Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz, with nine of 14 races now in the books.

"The guys did an awesome job on the pit stop when I took over from Colin," said Bergmeister. "The strategy was good, even though I had to save on fuel a little bit. The (No.) 12 car risked the strategy a little more, and it worked out good for them."

It was the third podium result of the season for Braun, who also finished second in the Mexico City 250 in March and third in the Road & Track 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last month. The 17-year-old driver did not compete in Round 3 at Homestead-Miami Speedway or Round 8 at Watkins Glen International.

"I had a pretty good first stint," said Braun. "I was very cautious moving up through the traffic because I knew Jörg would be mad if there was anything wrong with the car. The car kept getting better and better during the long run. It was just real good all weekend."

Fogarty, who led a race-high total of 31 laps in the No. 99 machine, and co-driver Alex Gurney, came home third. It was the second-consecutive podium result for the No. 99 duo, as Gurney and Fogarty also finished second in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. It was also their third podium result in the last four races dating to a second-place run in the Road & Track 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Jan Magnussen led 15 laps in the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley and combined with co-driver Max Angelelli to earn a fourth-place result. It was the fifth-consecutive top-four performance for Angelelli—the defending Daytona Prototype co-champion—and the No. 10 team. The Mid-Ohio result moved Angelelli into fourth place in the Daytona Prototype driver standings, and he trails second-place Pruett and Diaz by just three points.

Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace completed the top five with a fifth-place outing in the No. 4 The Boss Snowplow Pontiac Crawford. It was the third-straight top-five performance at Mid-Ohio for the Howard-Boss Motorsports team, following a victory by Leitzinger and Elliott Forbes-Robinson last year and a second-place result by Wallace and Milka Duno in 2004.

TAFEL RACING DUO SCORES GT CLASS WIN AT MID-OHIO AFTER LATE-RACE DRAMA
In a race that saw numerous lead changes and tight nose-to-tail racing, a Lap 97 incident that left the race leader end-over-end on the back straightaway and the No. 72 NEC Porsche GT3 in the lead gave Tafel Racing co-drivers Wolf Henzler and Robin Liddell the GT class victory in Saturday’s EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank.

With only a few laps remaining in the two-hour and 45-minute timed event, class leader Joey Hand—in the No. 21 Matt Connolly Motorsports BMW M3—was being pursued closely by No. 64 TRG/iRise Pontiac GTO.R and Henzler in the No. 72 machine. The No. 64 machine made contact with the right-rear of Hand’s car, sending the No. 21 BMW into the grass and along for a wild ride, flipping end-over-end numerous times before coming to rest on its roof near the outside retaining wall.

The incident allowed Liddell to pass both machines as the full-course caution came out, and the Scot was the first GT car to cross the finish line as the race ended under full-course caution. It was the second-consecutive victory for the No. 72 team, as Henzler and Liddell were victorious earlier this month in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. It is the third victory of the season for both Liddell and Henzler, who scored their first win of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last month.

“This win isn’t nearly as exciting as the one at Watkins Glen,” said Liddell. “As a driver, you never want to win because of an accident. In one way, I was looking for opportunities to pass either car, but on the other hand, I had to be patient for a potential mistake. It was definitely getting real tense out there, as we were nose-to-tail for a while. I just hope that Joey is OK. He drove a great race.”

Henzler qualified the machine second on the class grid, and pressured polesitter Hand throughout the opening stint, eventually passing him for the lead on Lap 5. The German pitted for the final time on Lap 77 and handed the No. 72 car over to Liddell with the lead.

“I must say that this is not a very good way to win a race,” said Henzler. “The team did a good job as always, and they had a very good car for us. It’s definitely not the way a driver wants to win a race, and I just hope that Joey is all right, and comes back real soon.”

Edwards and co-driver Kelly Collins wound up second for their seventh podium finish in the last eight feature races. Collins started the No. 64 machine sixth in class, but quickly worked his way up to the front during his stint. Edwards took over on Lap 43, and drove in the lead pack throughout his final stint.

“Coming out of the Keyhole, Hand had a bad run coming out,” said Edwards. “I was up alongside about halfway up his car and he kept coming across. The track ran out and I was off the gas but we touched and he went a bit sideways. He went in to the grass and hit a huge dip and launched. I watched the whole thing in my mirror with a sinking feeling.”

“Truthfully, aside from the incident that happened which we don’t know a whole lot about, we had a good car and we’re happy to be on the podium again,” added teammate Collins. “Sometimes there’s contact and sometimes there’s not, sometimes there’s unavoidable contact and we can’t judge that right now. As far as the performance by the Pontiac, I think that we were doing a great job. Paul did a fantastic job and I did my job to get the car where it needed to be. All three cars were fighting very violently for the lead and when they’re going that tight and that fast, sometimes bad things happen. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a dangerous sport and everyone kind of takes everything for granted. I just hope Joey’s okay.”

Points co-leaders Andy Lally and Marc Bunting wound up third in the No. 65 TRG/F1 Air Pontiac GTO.R for their sixth-straight top-four finish. Bunting started the machine fifth, but an untimely caution during the race’s midpoint caught the team a lap down to the lead pack. Lally maintained the pace of the leaders throughout the race’s final hour, and brought the car home with a five-point lead for himself and Bunting over Liddell and Henzler in the GT driver standings (372-367) with nine of 13 races now complete.

Dave Lacey and Greg Wilkins finished fourth in the No. 17 Minestar Solutions/Tim Horton’s/ SAMAX Porsche GT3, the duo’s best class finish of the season. The tandem’s previous best result of the year was seventh, coming in Round 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Leighton Reese and Tim Gaffney finished fifth in the No. 06 Banner Engineering Chevrolet Corvette.

Results

Pos

Num

Class

Team

Car

Laps

Best Lap

1.

12

DP

Fernandez Racing

Pontiac Riley

99

1:21.272

2.

76

DP

Krohn Racing

Ford Riley

99

1:20.927

3.

99

DP

Blackhawk Racing

Pontiac Riley

99

1:20.726

4.

10

DP

SunTrust Racing

Pontiac Riley

99

1:20.768

5.

4

DP

Howard-Boss Motorsports

Pontiac Crawford

99

1:20.952

6.

89

DP

Pacific Coast Motorsports

Pontiac Riley

99

1:21.589

7.

60

DP

Michael Shank Racing

Lexus Riley

99

1:21.538

8.

58

DP

Brumos Porsche

Porsche Fabcar

99

1:21.553

9.

6

DP

Michael Shank Racing/Mear

Lexus Riley

99

1:22.135

10.

5

DP

Essex Racing/Finlay

Ford Crawford

99

1:20.711

11.

59

DP

Brumos Racing

Porsche Fabcar

99

1:22.926

12.

40

DP

Derhaag Motorsports

Pontiac Riley

99

1:23.771

13.

77

DP

Doran Racing

Ford Doran

98

1:21.864

14.

50

DP

Rocketsports Racing

Ford Crawford

98

1:23.179

15.

75

DP

Krohn Racing

Ford Riley

98

1:21.707

16.

47

DP

TruSpeed Motorsports

Porsche Riley

97

1:23.149

17.

3

DP

Southard Motorsports

BMW Riley

96

1:21.861

18.

72

GT

Tafel Racing

Porsche GT3 Cup

96

1:28.235

19.

64

GT

TRG

Pontiac GTO.R

96

1:28.103

20.

65

GT

TRG

Pontiac GTO.R

95

1:28.198

21.

11

DP

CITGO Racing/SAMAX

Pontiac Riley

94

1:22.399

22.

17

GT

SAMAX Motorsport

Porsche GT3 Cup

94

1:29.875

23.

06

GT

Banner Racing

Corvette

94

1:29.521

24.

80

GT

Synergy Racing

Porsche GT3 Cup

94

1:29.750

25.

21

GT

Matt Connolly Motorsports

BMW M3

93

1:28.143

26.

66

GT

TRG

Porsche GT3 Cup

93

1:29.298

27.

74

GT

Tafel Racing

Porsche GT3 Cup

93

1:28.626

28.

56

GT

Beachman Racing

Corvette

92

1:30.163

29.

55

DP

ASC Motorsports

Corvette

91

1:30.762

30.

35

GT

TPC Racing

Porsche GT3 Cup

90

1:31.041

31.

24

GT

Matt Connolly Motorsports

BMW M3

89

1:31.860

32.

39

DP

Cheever Racing

Porsche Crawford

89

1:20.616

33.

05

GT

Sigalsport BMW

BMW M3

88

1:30.158

34.

23

DP

AJR/Emory Motorsports

Porsche Crawford

88

1:21.027

35.

96

GT

IAS/Team Cardiosport

Porsche GT3 Cup

88

1:31.970

36.

01

DP

Chip Ganassi Racing

Lexus Riley

85

1:21.039

37.

8

DP

Synergy Racing

Porsche Doran

83

1:21.609

38.

30

DP

Sigalsport BMW

BMW Riley

80

1:23.532

39.

19

DP

Playboy Racing/Finlay

Ford Crawford

70

1:21.087

40.

09

DP

Spirit of Daytona Racing

Pontiac Crawford

69

1:22.712

41.

97

DP

CyberSpeed Racing

Pontiac Riley

57

1:23.710

42.

81

GT

Synergy Racing

Porsche GT3 Cup

38

1:32.087

43.

36

GT

TPC Racing

Porsche GT3 Cup

25

1:29.888

44.

7

DP

Tuttle Team Racing

Pontiac Riley

22

1:26.532

45.

73

GT

Tafel Racing

Porsche GT3 Cup

4

1:30.033

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