The only thing that surprises anybody in Texas is the weather. In the American Le Mans series race held at Austin's Circuit of the Americas, weather played a factor on Friday in the qualifying but for Saturday's race it was no surprise that the German duo of Klaus Graf and Luca Luhr would dominate in the Muscle Milk Honda ARX-03c. From the first lap they never dropped the lead since they were the only car that could lap consistently in under 2 minutes.
Primer on the American Le Man Series
The American Le Mans Series is presented by Tequila Patron. It's a sportscar racing series in North America. It was created in the spirit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans series. There are five different classes of cars: P1, P2 & PC Le Mans Prototypes, and GT(E) & GTC Grand Touring cars. That's what makes this race so interesting is that all different classes are competing at the same time. So even if you have the winners of the P1 (prototype) as you has with Lars and Graf winning yesterday's race, you still have other competing classes to cheer for when the checkered flag goes down. A great weekend of racing.
What are the different classes?
P1, P2 and P-Challenge or PC are purpose-built race cars with closed fenders. That's why the cars often look so different from each other on the track as opposed to other races where the cars essentially fit the same mold. Then there are modified production sports cars competing in the Grand Touring classes GT (GTE-Pro and GTE-Am combined, formerly GT2) along with GT-Challenge or GTC. Each car is driven by multiple drivers (2 or 3, depending on the length of the race), and all cars compete together simultaneously.
Saturday's Race results
In the P1 class behind Muscle Milk was second-place Dyson Lola B12/60 of Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry. The green and black Honda's dominated the P2 class as the two HPD ARX-03bs from Level 5 Motorsports team captured first and second place. Tucker and Ryan Briscoe drove the first car and Tucker along with Marino Franchitti and Guy Cosmo in the second car.
GT Race shows the Corvette beating the Viper
The race that seemed to be the closest and down to the wire was the GT Race with Corvette beating out the Viper. Chevrolet drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen after wiping off the champagne from celebrating had a press conference about the conditions of the track. "When things got settled we were still struggling to get by and we pitted before everyone." per Magnussen. Garcia went on to say that "turns 3 through 8 on the track make it hard to pass and traffic was the only chance we had. . . .I knew that the traffic was my only chance, so I was really aggressive. That gave me some time over him and also gave me enough over the Viper at the end." Garcia was able to hang on in the #3 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R to win in under a second from Jonathan Bomarito in the SRT Viper GTS-R also driven by Kuno Wittmer.
In the PC class, BAR1 Motorsports pairing of Kyle Marcelli and Chris Cumming won in the Oreca FLM09 and in the GTC class which is all Porsche was won by the Racers Group, driven by Damien Faulkner and Ben Keating.
World Endurance Championships set for Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sunday, September 22 is the WEC World Endurance Championships going on at Circuit of the Americas where the Audi Team continues to dominate in qualifying taking the #1 and #2 pole position with Toyota at the #3. The German manufacturer’s No. 2 R18 e-tron quattro with a lap time on the 3.4-mile circuit of 1 minute, 48.355 seconds. The drivers are Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Allan McNish. The LMP2 class will be led by the #26 Oreca- Nissan driven by G-Drive Racing’s Roman Rusinov, John Martin and Mike Conway. Their average time around the circuit was clocked at 1:54.951. In the LMGTE Pro Class, the pole was claimed by the Aston Martin Racing’s No. 99 car, driven by Bruno Senna and Frédéric Makowiecki.
Circuit of the Americas
Circuit Of The Americas is a multi-purpose facility located at 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd in Austin, TX 78617. This track is already a clear favorite with drivers with snaking turns and fast straightaways. This track will host the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. Built around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans and an elevation change of 133 feet, the facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power, to human power. Circuit of The Americas is ideally situated on a 1000-acre site in southeast Austin, approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport, with scenic views of downtown. Racing events are also a great family event with a a family area as well as many on going activities that fans will enjoy. It's a facility that puts Texas on the map for premier racing. Visit circuitoftheamericas.com for more information on racing and events.
8:00 am GATES OPEN
8:30 am - 9:40 am Pit Walk - FIA WEC (Pit Lane - Access from Paddock) (Access closes at 9:30 am)
9:00 am - 9:30 am Driver Autograph Session – FIA WEC (Pit Lane – Access from Paddock)
9:30 am - 9:45 am Sportbike Freestyle Demonstration by Aaron Colton (On Track)
9:30 am - 9:45 am Drifting Demonstration by Formula DRIFT (On Track)
10:30 am - 10:50 am Sportbike Freestyle Demonstration by Aaron Colton (Grand Plaza)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm Kids Festival Attractions (Support Paddock)
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Race - FIA WEC - 6 Hours
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Sportbike Freestyle Demonstration by Aaron Colton (Grand Plaza)
5:05 pm - 5:35 pm Fan Track Walk (Front Straight Only - Access from Main Grandstand East and West Sides)
6:00 pm GATES CLOSE
Check out Circuit of The Americas for tickets starting at $79 for reserved seat or viewing from areas positioned around the 3.4-mile racetrack. Children 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
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