Ready for the summer stretch
- In other news: Lucas Luhr back for Lime Rock -
With the long break in racing now behind them, the Muscle Milk team is more than ready to take on the remainder of what will be a very busy season with a race every two weeks up until October.
For the team, there's no better place to return to action than at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park July 8-9, 2011 where both Pickett Racing teams will be taking to the track.
Sweet Lime Rock Memories and the return of Lucas Luhr
Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing will be returning to the scene of its most cherished victory in its short American Le Mans Series history next week.
Lime Rock Park is where the prototype team scored its first overall win in the ALMS and where it hopes to now put in a repeat performance.
For the event, as well as the next round at Mosport, the Benicia, CA-based outfit, along with co-driver Klaus Graf, will be welcoming back Lucas Luhr who will be replacing team owner and regular co-driver Greg Pickett, who jokingly said he offered Luhr the ride as a prize to reward him for his great win at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring last weekend.
In all seriousness, while Pickett wanted to return to the cockpit of his Muscle Milk Aston Martin LMP1 car at the track he scored his first overall ALMS win at, a number of time priorities for his rapidly growing and ever-expanding business - CytoSport - will be keeping him out of the drivers seat for the upcoming races.
Luhr is no stranger to the team as this will be his fourth race with the Muscle Milk squad. His last one was at the previous ALMS round in Long Beach where the team scored its third overall victory.
That win closed the gap by four points to the Championship leading Dyson Racing but the Greg Pickett led team still remains 26 points behind in the standings with seven races to go.
Once again the objective at Lime Rock Park will be to score maximum points and to keep closing the gap to first place. To do so, Graf and Luhr will have to be near perfect in dealing with the traffic.
The Connecticut track is the shortest one on the schedule and every year its toughest challenge is traffic. With just over 30 cars entered for next weekend's race, Lime Rock will once again offer quite the show.
Last season at the 1.5-mile, eight-turn road course, the Muscle Milk squad started second after a hard fought qualifying session and went on to win an action-packed race that will forever be engraved in their memories.
By: muscle milk arm