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1 Christian Fittipaldi 285
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2 Ricky Taylor 269
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32 Guy Cosmo 46
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34 Byron DeFoor 41
34 David Hinton 41
34 Jim Pace 41
35 Wayne Taylor 33
36 Fabien Giroix 31
36 John Martin 31
37 Alex Popow 30
38 Roman Rusinov 26
38 Oliver Webb 26
39 Kyle Larson 24
40 Frank Beck 23
41 Ben Devlin 22
41 Max Papis 22
41 Bradley Smith 22
42 Jamie McMurray 21
43 AJ Allmendinger 20
44 James Hinchcliffe 19
44 Jann Mardenborough 19
45 Alexander Rossi 16
45 Sebastian Saavedra 16
46 Brendon Hartley 15
46 E.J. Viso 15
47 Memo Gidley 14
47 Alex Gurney 14
48 Scott Mayer 1 3
49 Pierre Kaffer 1
49 Darren Law 1
Titles on the line at Petit LeMans

by David Phillips
Wednesday, October 01, 2008

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While attention is rightly focused on a variety of facets associated with Petit Le Mans Powered by the Totally New MAZDA6 ranging from a boffo entry featuring perhaps the most technologically diverse and ambitious field of sports car machinery ever assembled to the inaugural Green Challenge and a bevy of former Indy 500 winners, let’s not forget there’s still some championships on the line at Road Atlanta and, in a fortnight, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Sure, Corvette wrapped-up the GT1 title long ago and Audi clinched the LMP1 crown at Mosport in two of the - errr - less shocking developments of the season. Likewise, Audi’s Marco Werner and Lucas Luhr clinched the LMP1 drivers title at Detroit.

On the other hand, Audi’s lost weekend at Belle Isle moved Clint and Jon Field (103 points) into a virtual tie with Emanuele Pirro (105 points) in the contest for second place in the LMP1 drivers points. And if Corvette has long since cleared a spot for its eighth straight GT1 manufacturer’s crown in its trophy case, nothing has been settled in the intramural squabble between the driver pairings of Johnny O’Connell/Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin/Olivier Beretta.

Although they’ve come out on top in seven of nine races so far this season, O’Connell and Magnussen only lead Gavin and Beretta by 23 points with as many as 55 points to be had in the final two races. Sure, Jan and Johnny O are the clear favorites for the drivers’ title, but they’re just a DNF at Road Atlanta away from a dogfight at the Corvette Corral in Monterey.

Then there’s LMP2 and GT2. The LMP2 landscape is little short of fascinating, featuring three distinct battles that could hardly be closer approaching the final 14 hours of racing in the 2008 American Le Mans Series. Penske Racing’s Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas (159) hold a slim lead over Patr¢n Highcroft Racing’s David Brabham and Scott Sharp (154), while the manufacturer standings are just as close, but reversed with Acura at 170 points and Porsche 166 heading to Road Atlanta. Meanwhile, when it comes to the team totals Team Penske (166) enjoys a comparatively comfortable 14-point lead over Patron Highcroft (155).

Small wonder Penske and Porsche have upped the ante by supplementing their normal driver roster with two-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, while Acura has added the last two Indy 500 and IndyCar champions in Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti to the lineup at De Ferran Motorsports and Patr¢n Highcroft Racing, respectively. 

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GT2- After a torrid battle throughout the season, the Flying Lizards Motorsports team has managed to eek out a fair bit of breathing room over Tafel Racing of late and takes a healthy 35-point lead into the final two races. Similarly, Lizard drivers Jörg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler are 28 points up on Tafel’s pairing of Dominik Farnbacher and Dirk Mueller. Substantial margins to be sure but, again, with 14 hours of racing to go - and 55 points to be had for winning at both Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca - nothing’s settled.

And when it comes to the GT2 manufacturers points race, it’s even closer with Porsche holding a 19-point cushion over Ferrari, 179 to 160. Again, the safe money is on Porsche, but anything can happen…

So this weekend, by all means revel in the technological diversity from the Audi R10 and Peugeot 908 HDi diesels, to Corsa Motorsports’ radical new Zytek 07S and the totally new Mazda/Lola B08/86 coupe. Take in what is, by any estimate, the deepest, most diverse and competitive field of prototypes on American soil since the glory days of the Camel GT Series (at last count 10 LMP1 and 10 LMP2 entries). Rest assured this won’t be the last time you’ll see the Corvettes do battle, and speculate on what surprises for 2009 may (or may not) be revealed. But don’t lose sight of the fact that no less than seven driver, manufacturer and team championships will be on the line when the green flag waves Saturday morning.

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.

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