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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

PC
1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

GTD
1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

PC
1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

GTLM
1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

GTD
1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Titles on the line at Petit LeMans

by David Phillips
Wednesday, October 1, 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. 

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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