Mosport International Raceway
Birthday boys headed to Mosport
The last time the Muscle Milk squad went to Mosport International Raceway, it had its best overall weekend yet in the American Le Mans Series and the team is hoping for more of that Canadian luck as it returns to the historic track next weekend.
The Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing team would like nothing more than to add to its list of things to celebrate north of the border.
Already on the list of celebrations are the birthdays of drivers Klaus Graf (July 21) and Lucas Luhr (July 22) as well as the birthdays of two crew members (July 23 and 24).
After a disappointing race at Lime Rock Park last week, a Mosport International Raceway repeat victory is on the birthday wish list.
The 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course was the scene of a Muscle Milk domination last season. The team led every on-track session, started from pole and lapped all but one car in the field on its way to a second overall win that year.
While the team is aware that a repeat of its 2010 dominance is unlikely, it remains confident it can come back strong from its trying second place finish at Lime Rock with its Aston Martin better suited for a circuit like Mosport.
The Muscle Milk drivers also enjoy racing at Mosport, having known success at the track that is said to separate the men from the boys with both scoring wins the last time they were there.
Graf took the win last year aboard the Porsche RS Spyder and Luhr's last visit to the Canadian track came in 2008, when he won with Audi on his way to his fourth ALMS Drivers' Championship.
Graf and Luhr will have a one hour and 30 minute test session on Friday, July 22 before official practice begins on Saturday, July 23.
Bullitt targets Canadian podium
Mark Bullitt will be making his first appearance at Mosport International Raceway next week when the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama heads north for Rounds 8 and 9 of the 2011 season.
The German scored a fourth place finish in Race #2 at Lime Rock Park last weekend after starting 11th, and is looking to keep the momentum going as he enters his first race in Canada.
While the driver of the #6 Muscle Milk Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car will once again have to learn a new track, he's confident that the fast flowing corners of Mosport will suit his driving style and help him reach that next step that will take him to the podium.
MUSCLE MILK QUOTES
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES DRIVERS
Klaus Graf, co-driver Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing
"We're heading to another track where the team and I both have good memories. We had quite a weekend there last year with Romain (Dumas).
"I think we have a very good chance again this year. It's a track that should suit our Muscle Milk Aston Martin. Plus aerodynamically we've done some good testing and I think that we have a good package for that track.
"It's always hard to know exactly what to expect when you've never been to a certain track with a race car but I'm confident the Aston Martin will perform the way we are expecting it to.
"I really like the track and it's a fun, fast place to go to so I'm looking forward to it."
Lucas Luhr, co-driver Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing
"I'm looking forward to the race at Mosport. We need to come back strong after the weekend we had at Lime Rock Park where we didn't make up any points in the championship and I know the Muscle Milk team is focused on exactly that. The Aston Martin should do well at that type of circuit as well so I think it should be a good weekend.
"I absolutely love the track at Mosport and the whole area, I think it's one of the best tracks the Series goes to. It separates the men from the boys."
IMSA GT3 CUP CHALLENGE BY YOKOHAMA DRIVER
Mark Bullitt, driver #6 Muscle Milk Team CytoSport
"I can't wait to get to Mosport. We had a good finish in our last race and it's given us some momentum heading into the next two rounds. It will be important to keep building on that.
"Once again, it's a track I've never been to but from what I'm told, I think it's my type of track with fast sweeping turns and not so much braking so I hope to have a good time there."
By: muscle milk amr