Muscle Milk confirms leaving ALMS
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will be taking its Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c out for one final American Le Mans Series round next week when the sports car series heads to Road Atlanta for the season-ending Petit Le Mans.
The team will be saying goodbye to both the series in which it has had a tremendous amount of success as well as its Honda Performance Development P1 car with which it has earned 18 podium finishes, including 14 wins, and 11 pole positions in 19 starts.
Since its debut in the American Le Mans Series in 2007, the team led by Greg Pickett has taken part in 45 races, finished on the podium in 39 of those events, won 21 of them and has taken home the Team and Driver Championships in 2012 and again this season.
Looking further into those statistics, the team's drivers, Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr set a record in 2012 by scoring five consecutive overall victories. A record they broke this season by claiming the overall win in eight races in a row so far this year.
The pair of Germans and its Muscle Milk team will be looking to increase that number next week as it takes on the challenges of the 1000-mile or 10-hour Petit Le Mans race around the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course at Road Atlanta. Luhr will also be vying for a 50th career ALMS win.
Porsche factory driver Romain Dumas will join Graf and Luhr behind the wheel of the Muscle Milk car for the final round. The Frenchman last raced with the team at the 12 Hours of Sebring and was also part of the lineup at Petit Le Mans last season.
While the team will be chasing a ninth victory this year, it won't be an easy feat with Rebellion Racing returning to the ALMS for Petit Le Mans. The Pickett Racing team last faced off with the European sports car squad last May at Laguna Seca and came out victorious of what was one their hardest battles this year.
The team will take to the track starting Sunday, October 13 for the promoter test day. Official practice gets underway on Thursday, October 17 with qualifying taking place on Friday, October 18.
The final round of the American Le Mans Series, the Petit Le Mans, will go green on Saturday, October 19 at 11:30 am ET and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 (11:00 am to noon, 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm to 9:30pm) and Fox Sports 1 (6:30 pm to 8:00 pm).