Saturday
Jul212007

ALMS NEWS: BERNHARD, DUMAS WIN AGAIN AT MID-OHIO

Photo by John Thawley Mid-Ohio was doubly good to Penske Motorsports on Saturday as Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard led a 1-2 overall team finish at the Acura Sports Car Challenge as Porsche and its RS Spyder took its fifth straight overall victory in the American Le Mans Series.

Dumas finished 2.36 seconds ahead of Briscoe after the No. 7 crew elected a short-fill of fuel on its final pit stop with 55 minutes remaining. The crew's estimation proved to be right on as Dumas' stop was more than 20 seconds quicker than Briscoe's, whose car got a full tank of fuel.

Dumas and Bernhard won for the second straight year and began from the pole Saturday. Emanuele Pirro in the No. 2 Audi R10 TDI took the lead 10 minutes in and held the lead heading into the final hour before losing it in the final stop sequence.

The No. 7 duo increased their LMP2 championship lead to 13 points.

Pirro and Marco Werner took their first LMP1 class win since Sebring and finished third overall, Audi's best finish since Houston in April. They led the full two hours and 45 minutes in the diesel-powered prototype's Mid-Ohio debut after Dindo Capello in the sister R10 went off course on the opening lap following contact with Stefan Johansson in the Highcroft Racing Acura.

Saturday's win was the second each for Pirro and Werner and their first together at the 2.258-mile circuit.

Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta won for the second straight season in GT1 as Corvette Racing's No. 4 Corvette C6.R led flag-to-flag for a 28-second win over the sister car of Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen.

Gavin started from the class pole and took the checkered flag. O'Connell started 26th after the car failed Friday's post-qualifying inspection. He moved behind Gavin in the overall standings 20 minutes into the race but couldn't get closer than 6 seconds.

Flying Lizard Motorsports won for the third time in four years at Mid-Ohio and the second race in a row as Johannes van Overbeek and Jörg Bergmeister took a two-lap win over Risi Competizione's lead Ferrari of Jaime Melo and Mika Salo.

The Lizard Porsche took the lead when class leader Salo and second-place Tomas Enge in the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Ferrari collided and went off course 40 minutes into the race. It was a nearly similar situation to the last event at Lime Rock, and the Lizards took advantage again.

Bergmeister and van Overbeek increased their lead in the championship to 8 points. The other Risi Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni and Eric Helary finished third in class.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Generac 500 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. The four-hour race is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 11. American Le Mans Radio will have live coverage at americanlemans.com, which also will feature IMSA Live Timing & Scoring. NBC Sports will broadcast the race from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 12.

Acura Sports Car Challenge

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio

Saturday's results

1. (1) Timo Bernhard, Germany; Romain Dumas, France; Porsche RS Spyder (1, P2), 134.

2. (2) Sascha Maassen, Germany; Ryan Briscoe, Australia; Porsche RS Spyder (2, P2), 134.

3. (8) Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Marco Werner, Germany; Audi AG/R10/TDI (3, P1), 134.

4. (3) Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Lola/B06-43/Acura (4, P2), 134.

5. (4) Rinaldo Capello, Italy; Allan McNish, Scotland; Audi AG/R10/TDI (5, P1), 134.

6. (5) Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Andy Wallace, England; Porsche RS Spyder (6, P2), 133.

7. (9) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Porsche RS Spyder (7, P2), 133.

8. (6) Stefan Johansson, Sweden; David Brabham, Australia; Duncan Dayton, North Salem, NY; Acura/ARX-01a (8, P2), 132.

9. (11) Greg Pickett, Santa Monica, CA; Klaus Graf, Germany; Lola B06/10 AER (9, P1), 128.

10. (7) Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Bryan Herta, Valencia, CA; Acura/ARX-01a (10, P2), 126.

11. (14) Oliver Gavin, England; Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Corvette C6.R (11, GT1), 125.

12. (27) Johnny O`Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Corvette C6.R (12, GT1), 125.

13. (13) Adam Pecorari, Aston, PA; Gunnar Van der Steur, Chesapeake City, MD; Radical / SR9/AER (13, P2), 119.

14. (18) Jorg Bergmeister, Germany; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (14, GT2), 118.

15. (16) Mika Salo, Finland; Jaime Melo, Brazil; Ferrari 430GT Berlin (15, GT2), 116.

16. (19) Eric Helary, France; Gianmaria Bruni, Italy; Ferrari 430GT Berlinetta (16, GT2), 116.

17. (22) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Lonnie Pechnik, Pacific Grove, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (17, GT2), 114.

18. (24) Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Terry Borcheller, Gainesville, GA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (18, GT2), 114.

19. (17) Tomas Enge, Czech Republic; Dirk Mueller, Germany; Ferrari 430GT (19, GT2), 113.

20. (15) Chris McMurry, Phoenix, AZ; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Creation CA06H-Judd (20, P1), 97.

21. (12) Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Richard Berry, Evergreen, CO; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Creation/CA06H/Judd (21, P1), 96.

22. (26) Cindi Lux, Portland, OR; Stan Wilson, Mount Juliet, TN; Dodge Viper (22, GT2), 95.

23. (21) Ralf Kelleners, Germany; Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (23, GT2), 92.

24. (20) Wolf Henzler, Germany; Robin Liddell, Scotland; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (24, GT2), 83.

25. (25) Jim Tafel, Alpharetta, GA; Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (25, GT2), 80.

26. (23) Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Panoz Esperante GTLM (26, GT2), 49, Engine.

27. (10) Ben Devlin, England; Jamie Bach, West Palm Beach, FL; Lola/B07-40/Mazda (27, P2), 18, Turbo.

Saturday
Jul212007

SCCA NEWS: SCCA Tosses Qualifying Times of Competitors Following Technical Inspection

Photo by John Thawley Following post-qualifying technical inspection for Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Car Championship races Presented by Trenton Forging, three cars had their times disallowed. Below are the final starting lineups for both races.

The SCCA SPEED Touring Car race makes its standing start at 8:45 a.m. and the SCCA SPEED GT race is set for 4:15 p.m., following the IndyCar Series race.

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Final starting lineup for Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Presented by Trenton Forging, with position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, fastest lap time and speed in miles per hour.

1, (72), Jeff Altenburg, Ellicott City, Md., Mazda 6, 1:32.846, 87.551.

2, (17), Chip Herr, Lititz, Pa., Audi A4, 1:32.911, 87.490.

3, (38), Seth Thomas(T), Cumming, Ga., BMW 325i, 1:33.032, 87.376.

4, (37), Joey Hand, Sacramento, Calif., BMW 325i, 1:33.038, 87.370.

5, (29), James Sofronas(T), Newport Beach, Calif., BMW 325Ci, 1:33.270, 87.153.

6, (8), Jason Martinelli(R), Roxbury, Conn., BMW 325Ci, 1:33.370, 87.060.

7, (19), Adam Pecorari, Aspon, Pa., Audi A4, 1:33.485, 86.953.

8, (42), Peter Cunningham, Grafton, Wis., Acura TSX, 1:33.540, 86.901.

9, (73), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Mazda 6, 1:33.600, 86.846.

10, (1), Pierre Kleinubing, Coconut Creek, Fla., Acura TSX, 1:33.695, 86.758.

11, (97), Charles Espenlaub, Lutz, Fla., Mazda 6, 1:33.772, 86.686.

12, (44), Kuno Wittmer, Montreal, Quebec, Acura RSX, 1:33.825, 86.637.

13, (74), Roberto Santos(R), Monterrey Mexico, , Mazda 6, 1:34.102, 86.382.

14, (64), Andrew Wojteczko(R), Caledon, Ontario, Lexus IS 300, 1:34.121, 86.365.

15, (43), Brandon Davis, Denver, Colo., Acura TSX, 1:34.178, 86.313.

16, (34), Nick Esayian(T), Encinitas, Calif., Acura TSX, 1:34.351, 86.154.

17, (95), Michael Galati, Olmsted, Ohio, Mazda 6, 1:34.354, 86.152.

18, (96), Charlie Putman(T), Denver, Colo., Mazda 6, 1:35.134, 85.445.

19, (65), Stan Wilson(R), Mount Juliet, Tenn., Lexus IS 300, 1:35.875, 84.785.

20, (61), Justin Pritchard(R), Grandville, Ohio, Toyota Celica GTS, 1:38.412, 82.599.

21, (24), Jim Osborn(T), Ooltewah, Tenn., Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 1:38.692, 82.365.

22, (49), Branden Peterson(T), Breckenridge, Colo., Acura TSX, 1:40.504, 80.880.

23, (18), Ian Baas, Noblesville, Ind., Audi A4, no time.

Note: #18 times disallowed following post-qualifying inspection.

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Final starting lineup for Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Presented by Trenton Forging, with position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, fastest lap time and speed in miles per hour.

1, (30), Eric Curran, East Hampton, Mass., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:25.624, 94.936.

2, (5), Tommy Archer, Duluth, Minn., Dodge Viper, 1:25.718, 94.831.

3, (22), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:25.792, 94.750.

4, (23), Michael Galati, Olmsted, Ohio, Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:26.031, 94.486.

5, (1), Lawson Aschenbach, W. Palm Beach, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V, 1:26.408, 94.074.

6, (8), Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac CTS-V, 1:26.489, 93.986.

7, (12), Brian Kubinski(R), Plainfield, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:26.580, 93.887.

8, (82), Michael McCann, North Canton, Ohio, Dodge Viper, 1:26.641, 93.821.

9, (14), James Sofronas(T), Newport Beach, Calif., Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:26.961, 93.476.

10, (66), Tim McKenzie(R), Madison, Wis., Porsche 911 GT-3, 1:27.044, 93.387.

11, (21), Stu Hayner, Yorba Linda, Calif., Pontiac GTO, 1:27.234, 93.183.

12, (99), Jeff Courtney, Slinger, Wis., Dodge Viper, 1:27.369, 93.039.

13, (05), Jason Daskalos(R), Albuquerque, N.M., Dodge Viper, 1:27.701, 92.687.

14, (17), Rob Foster(T), Phoenix, Ariz., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:27.986, 92.387.

15, (34), Tony Gaples, Libertyville, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:28.086, 92.282.

16, (56), Ritch Marziale, Tempe, Ariz., Dodge Viper, 1:28.185, 92.179.

17, (31), Sonny Whelen(T), Old Saybrook, Conn., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:28.501, 91.849.

18, (51), Lenny Diller(T), Garden City, N.Y., Dodge Viper, 1:28.530, 91.819.

19, (79), Joel Feinberg(R), Ft Lauderdale, Fla., Dodge Viper, 1:28.916, 91.421.

20, (20), Dane Moxlow(R), Grosse Ile, Mich., Pontiac GTO, 1:29.020, 91.314.

21, (6), Jeffrey Robbins(R), Southfield, Mich., Dodge Viper, 1:29.105, 91.227.

22, (02), Chapman Ducote(R), Miami, Fla., Dodge Viper, 1:29.645, 90.677.

23, (55), Thomas Glenn(R), Phoenix, Ariz., Dodge Viper, 1:31.819, 88.530.

24, (28), Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette, no time.

25, (76), John Bourassa(T), Jupiter Island, Fla., Porsche 911 Turbo, no time.

26, (87), Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette, no time.

Note: #28 and #87 times disallowed following post-qualifying inspection.

Saturday
Jul212007

SCCA NEWS: Curran Takes SPEED GT Mid-Ohio Pole

Photo by John Thawley LEXINGTON, Ohio (Jul. 21, 2007) - Eric Curran, of East Hampton, Mass., captured his first pole of the season for tomorrow's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Presented By Trenton Forging race. Tommy Archer, of Duluth, Minn., will start second.

Although he has two race wins and three front-row starts already this season, Curran picked up his very first SCCA SPEED GT pole of 2007 for Round Seven of the Championship at Mid-Ohio. Curran lapped the 13-turn, 2.258-mile track in 1:25.624 (94.936 mph) behind the wheel of his No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette. The time established a new SCCA SPEED GT qualifying lap record.

"These guys are working real hard to get the No. 30 Whelen car up to speed,” Curran said. “It"s been a tough season and we’re trying to get the car back on the podium and get some good finishes and try to gain some more points.

“I knew we had a good car on the Thursday test day. I didn’t have a choice to be here yesterday for practice, but we made a bunch of changes to the car and got it up to speed Thursday.

“It took a little bit to get some heat in the tires. It’s definitely a cool morning and there was a little dampness on the track as well.”

This is Curran’s second pole in less than 24 hours. The busy driver set pole for a Koni Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park yesterday and was already on a plane bound for Alabama shortly after qualifying at Mid-Ohio.

Tommy Archer, of Duluth, Minn., will start Sunday’s race second. Archer led the qualifying session early and continued to improve to a time of 1:25.718 (94.831 mph) in his No. 5 Mopar/Autohaus Motosport Dodge Viper. While he’s had much success in other forms of racing at Mid-Ohio, it is Archer’s first front-row start at the circuit in SPEED World Challenge competition.

Row two is filled with the K-PAX Porsches. Current point leader Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., will start his No. 22 K-PAX Racing LLC/Jim Haughey Porsche 911 GT3 third on the grid after turning a 1:25.792 (94.750 mph). Michael Galati, of Olmsted, Ohio, put in a 1:26.031 (94.486 mph) in his No. 23 K-PAX Racing LLC/Jim Haughey Porsche 911 GT3, good enough for fourth.

Fastest in the morning practice on Friday, Doug Peterson, of Bonita Springs, Fla., will start his No. 87 3-Dimensional Services Chevrolet Corvette fifth with a 1:26.147 (94.359 mph). Peterson noted that a problem with the Corvette did not allow him to turn a quick lap until late in the session.

Last year’s winner Lou Gigliotti (Chevrolet Corvette) starts sixth, followed by the Cadillac CTS-V teammates of Lawson Aschenbach and Andy Pilgrim. Brian Kubinski (Chevrolet Corvette) and Michael McCann (Dodge Viper) complete the top ten.

The SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT at Mid-Ohio Presented by Trenton Forging race will go green Sunday at 4:15 p.m. (EDT). Visit www.world-challenge.com for live timing and results.

The race will air Saturday, July 28 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) on SPEED.