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USCC Point Standings
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
All-Acura front row in Monterey

ALMS season finale
Friday, October 17, 2008


David Brabham celebrates his pole position
Bob Heathcote/
How’s this for a comeback? David Brabham took the pole position for the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by Patr¢n at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday with a record-breaking run in Patr¢n Highcroft Racing’s Acura ARX-01b. Brabham’s time of 1:10.103 (114.928 mph) put the Acura prototype that he will share with Scott Sharp out front for the start of the season’s final race.

Acura swept the front row with Luis Diaz and the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing entry only 0.099 seconds behind Brabham. Diaz will drive with Adrian Fernandez as Acura put itself in position to capture the LMP2 manufacturer championship over Porsche in just its second year in the Series.

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It needs to sweep the podium to take the title.

“We’re all out there to win but we’re there for Acura as well,” said Brabham, who has won four times in class this year with Sharp. “They have given us fantastic cars for sure. If we can give them that clean sweep, it would be a nice thank-you for that effort.”

Timo Bernhard qualified third for Penske Racing with a lap of 1:10.351 (114.523 mph) in the Porsche RS Spyder that he will drive with Romain Dumas. The duo clinched the class driving championship two weeks ago at Road Atlanta. Part of the reason was Patr¢n Highcroft’s retirement after a crash in the race’s opening hour of the 1,000-mile race.

“We never had a chance to see how competitive we could have been,” Brabham said. “The team has shown a lot of character. The guys gave me a great car and this gives us a huge boost. With all the red flags we had in practice, we didn’t know exactly where to go with the setup. But after two laps this morning I think I had a good enough feeling for how the car needed to be. We’ve been able to do that a lot this year.”

The top eight cars were LMP2 cars, which have an advantage on the twisty circuit. Audi Sport North America’s Emanuele Pirro was the fastest LMP1 driver in the Audi R10 TDI that he will share with newcomer Christijan Albers. Pirro’s time of 1:11.264 (113.056 mph) outpaced teammate Marco Werner by 0.561 seconds.

“I would say that if I asked an engineer to design a car suitable for LMP2 cars, it would be something like this,” said Pirro, who won at Monterey in 2001 and 2002. “Our car likes long straights, fast corners and grip. The longer the race, the better it is for us. Our cars were built for longer races, and the P2 cars are a little more fragile over a long distance.

“We didn’t start very well early and the car wasn’t very nice at all,” he added. “We went to a standard setup and I can say now the car is very enjoyable to drive around here.”

Saturday’s race will be Pirro’s final in an Audi prototype. Audi is the only manufacturer for which he has competed in the American Le Mans Series and has been a part of Audi Sport for 15 years.

“Maybe it’s my last race but I don’t know yet,” Pirro said. “When I finished my single-seater career in F1, I had a very long career behind me. It could have been a good time to stop. Then I went to Audi and we had 15 really beautiful years. The team kept the same people for 15 years and that helped tremendously. To continue racing at high levels, I would have to go and drive for someone else. There are a lot of competitive situations but the price would be to leave a manufacturer from which I received a lot and also gave a lot.”

Johnny Mowlem qualified Corsa Motorsports’ Zytek 07S third in P1 at 1:12.819 (110.641 mph). He will drive with Stefan Johansson.

Jan Magnussen added another bullet on his championship résumé with his second GT1 pole position in three events. Corvette Racing’s Danish ace set a class record with a lap of 1:19.291 in the Corvette C6.R that he again will share with Johnny O’Connell. Magnussen’s lap was 0.499 seconds better than teammate Oliver Gavin in the sister Corvette.

“For qualifying it was a matter of clean laps,” Magnussen said. “When I got out, I had three clean laps and the track was really good. I had a really good lap and a good starting position for tomorrow. It will be a matter of staying clear of the other cars.”

Magnussen also was on pole position at Detroit, and the Magnussen-O’Connell combination has combined for six fast qualifiers this year. The pairing wrapped up the class championship two weeks ago at Road Atlanta with Ron Fellows for their eighth victory of the season.

Magnussen hasn’t won in Monterey since 2003 in Prodrive’s Ferrari 550 (as a teammate with Brabham). O’Connell last won here in 2004 with Corvette and Ron Fellows.

“This is my favorite track because of the flow and the rhythm, and I’m always fast here,” Magnussen said. “I’d love for Johnny and me to finish off with a win tomorrow. If we don't, it's still been a great year.”

Dirk Werner took his second GT2 pole of the season for Farnbacher Loles Racing and Porsche. The young German set a class record with a lap of 1:22.060 in the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR that he will drive with Bryce Miller. The pairing teamed with Richard Westbrook to win at Road America in August, a four-hour race just like Saturday’s.

“We were fast from the beginning. So when the car is fast, you like the track,” Werner said. “

Werner was 0.32 seconds clear for Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Jörg Bergmeister in another Porsche. Bergmeister and teammate Wolf Henzler also wrapped up the class title at Road Atlanta as Flying Lizard did the same in the team category.

Dominik Farnbacher qualified the Tafel Racing Ferrari F430 GT that he will drive with Dirk Mueller third in class at 1:22.701. The Ferraris face an uphill battle, needing to win the race and Porsche to finish worse than sixth to win the class manufacturer championship.

“I thought this would be more of a Ferrari track,” Werner said. “We didn’t do a lap differently than we did anywhere else. “We want to help Porsche; that is very clear. In the end we also are looking for a good result for ourselves. I don’t see how we can help Porsche more than getting a good result. It doesn’t matter to Porsche who comes in front first as long as it is a Porsche.”

The final round of the 2008 American Le Mans Series is the Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by Patr¢n from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The four-hour race into darkness is scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m. PT on Saturday, October 18. NBC Sports will air the race from 2 to 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 19. XM Satellite Radio’s Channel 144 will air the race from 4 to 8 p.m. ET on the same day. American Le Mans Radio will have live coverage on, which also will feature Live Timing & Scoring.

Friday’s qualifying
1. Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; David Brabham, Australia; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:10.103, 114.93
2. Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:10.202, 114.77
3. Timo Bernhard, Germany; Romain Dumas, France; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:10.351, 114.52
4. Simon Pagenaud, France; Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:10.451, 114.36
5. Tony Kanaan, Brazil; Franck Montagny, Brignoles France; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:10.567, 114.17
6. Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Sascha Maassen, Germany; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:10.586, 114.14
7. Ryan Briscoe, Australia; Helio Castroneves, Brazil; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:10.606, 114.11
8. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:11.010, 113.46
9. Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Christijan Albers, The Netherlands; Audi AG R10/TDI (P1), 1:11.264, 113.06
10. Marco Werner, Germany; Lucas Luhr, Germany; Audi AG R10/TDI (P1), 1:11.825, 112.17
11. Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:12.089, 111.76
12. Johnny Mowlem, England; Stefan Johansson, Sweden; Zytek 07S (P1), 1:12.819, 110.64
13. Ben Devlin, England; Gerardo Bonilla, Orlando, FL; Raphael Matos, Brazil; Lola B07 46 Mazda (P2), 1:13.321, 109.88
14. Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Ryan Lewis, UK; Richard Berry, Evergreen, CO; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:13.379, 109.80
15. Stephen Simpson, South Africa; Jamie Campbell-Walter, England; Liz Halliday, Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Creation CA 07 AIM (P1), 1:13.481, 109.64
16. Chris McMurry, Phoenix, AZ; Tony Burgess, Canada; Lola B06-10 AER (P1), 1:14.549, 108.07
17. Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Johnny O’Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Corvette C6.R (GT1), 1:19.291, 101.61
18. Oliver Gavin, England; Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Corvette C6.R (GT1), 1:19.790, 100.98
19. Dirk Werner, Germany; Bryce Miller, Hoboken, NJ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:22.060, 98.18
20. Wolf Henzler, Germany; Joerg Bergmeister, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:22.380, 97.80
21. Dirk Mueller, Germany; Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 1:22.701, 97.42
22. Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Patrick Pilet, France; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:22.869, 97.22
23. Jaime Melo, Brazil; Mika Salo, Finland; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 1:22.962, 97.11
24. Pierre Kaffer, Germany; Ben Aucott, England; Ferrari 430 GT (GT2), 1:23.243, 96.79
25. Nic Jonsson, Sweden; Tracy Krohn, Houston, TX; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 1:23.928, 96.00
26. Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Panoz Esperante Ford (GT2), 1:24.084, 95.82
27. Nicky Pastorelli, Netherlands; Francisco Pastorelli, Netherlands; Marc Basseng, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:24.111, 95.79
28. Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, UK; Aston Martin Vantage (GT2), 1:24.626, 95.20
29. Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, GA; Andy Pilgrim, Del Ray Beach, FL; Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Doran Ford GT-R (GT2), 1:24.711, 95.11
30. David Murry, Cumming, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT-R (GT2), 1:24.727, 95.09
31. Alex Figge, Hollywood, CA; Pierre Ehret, Santa Rosa, CA; Harrison Brix, San Jose, CA; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 1:24.970, 94.82
32. Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (GT2), 1:26.124, 93.55
33. Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Lonnie Pechnik, Pacific Grove, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:26.704, 92.92
34. Hideki Noda, Japan; Andrew Prendeville, Chatham, NJ; Radical SR10 AER (P1), No Time.

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