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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
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1 #02 Chip Ganassi Racing 36
2 #5 Action Express Racing 33
3 #90 VisitFlorida.com 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 Patrón 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

Manufacturers
1 Ford 35
2 Chevrolet 32
3 Honda 30
4 BMW 28
5 Mazda 26
Titles on the line at Petit LeMans

by David Phillips
Wednesday, October 01, 2008

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Penske LMP2 Porsches
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. 

Lizard Porsche
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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