ALMS 2009 award winners Lowe’s Fernandez Racing’s Luis Diaz and Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan were the big winners Sunday and received highly sought after awards voted on by fans of the American Le Mans Series. Diaz, reigning LMP2 champion, received the Most Popular Driver Award while Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager, won his second straight From the Fans award.
Both honors, based on input from Series fans worldwide through americanlemans.com, were among many special honors presented at the Series’ annual awards banquet in Monterey, Calif.
Diaz’s award went along nicely with the LMP2 driver championship trophy he picked up later in the night alongside teammate/team owner Adrian Fernandez. Fehan was singled out by fans as being the person who made the greatest contribution to the Series and sports car racing in the past year. Snow Racing’s Melanie Snow, who won three Challenge class races and shared the driving title with husband Martin, won the 2009 Rookie of the Year award. Joel Feinberg, from Primetime Race Group, won the Founder’s Cup as the leading gentleman driver in the championship.
Crew Chief of the Year awards went to Raffi Aroyan of Patr¢n Highcroft Racing in LMP1, Lowe’s Fernandez Racing’s Tony Leith in LMP2, Dave Gahagan of Panoz Team PTG in GT2, and Todd Ketchum from Snow Racing in Challenge. The IMSA Pit Lane and Technical staffs voted for the awards.
Ed Brown, CEO of The Patr¢n Spirits Company, received the second annual Promoter’s Trophy for his efforts and those of Patr¢n in the promotion and support of the American Le Mans Series. The premium spirits maker is a leading Series partner and also sponsor of the LMP1 championship-winning Patr¢n Highcroft Racing effort.
2008 American Le Mans Series Award Winners Most Popular Driver: Luis Diaz From the Fans: Doug Fehan Rookie of the Year: Melanie Snow Founder’s Cup: Joel Feinberg Promoter’s Trophy: Ed Brown Crew Chief of the Year: Raffi Aroyan (LMP1), Tony Leith (LMP2), Dave Gahagan (GT2), Todd Ketchum (Challenge) IMSA Cup: Patr¢n Highcroft Racing (LMP1), Lowe’s Fernandez Racing (LMP2), Flying Lizard Motorsports (GT2)
Manufacturer Champions Tire: Michelin GT2: Porsche LMP2: Acura LMP1: Acura
Team Champions GT2: Flying Lizard Motorsports (1st) Risi Competizione (2nd) BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team (3rd) LMP2: Lowe’s Fernandez Racing (1st) Dyson Racing (2nd) LMP1: Patr¢n Highcroft Racing (1st) De Ferran Motorsports (2nd) Intersport Racing (3rd)
Driver Champions Challenge: Martin Snow/Melanie Snow (1st) Nick Parker/Don Pickering/Charles Skerlong (2nd) John Baker/Guy Cosmo (3rd) GT2: Jörg Bergmeister/Patrick Long (1st) Pierre Kaffer/Jaime Melo (2nd) Wolf Henzler (3rd) LMP2: Luis Diaz/Adrian Fernandez (1st) Marino Franchitti/Butch Leitzinger (2nd) Klaus Graf (3rd) LMP1: David Brabham/Scott Sharp (1st) Gil de Ferran/Simon Pagenaud (2nd) Clint Field/Jon Field (3rd)
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