Audi R8's return to Sears Point

Auburn Hills, Mich., Audi R8's ready for round five of the American Le Mans Series at Sears Point Raceway on July 23rd. Located 30 minutes over the Golden Gate Bridge, the challenging 2.52 mile road course combined with the heat of ...

Auburn Hills, Mich., Audi R8's ready for round five of the American Le Mans Series at Sears Point Raceway on July 23rd.

Located 30 minutes over the Golden Gate Bridge, the challenging 2.52 mile road course combined with the heat of California's wine country will certainly play a role in the race. "I've only raced at Sears on one previous occasion, last year, but I'm the only Audi driver to have done so. It's not one of my favorite tracks and I firmly believe that it will be Audi's toughest race of the season. The slow speed hairpins will not favor the turbo charged R8," commented Allan McNish.

The race will be a two-hour, 45-minute sprint race that will test the Audi driver's ability to learn a new course and setup the R8 to handle the Sears circuit.

The Audi drivers stand fifth through eighth in the point standings with Frank Biela leading the way with 87, some 18 points behind series leader and BMW driver Jorg Muller.

"The team has begun to focus on the series championship. Nurburgring was difficult, but Sears Point will be a test for the team and should be a good barometer for the remainder of the season," said Len Hunt, head of Audi Sport North America.

<pre> Audi R8 lineup for Sears Point: #77 Allan McNish/Rinaldo Capello #78 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro

ALMS Points Standings after Nurburgring

1. Jorg Muller BMW 105 2. JJ Lethto BMW 103 3. Jan Magnussen Panoz 95 4. David Brabham Panoz 94 5. Frank Biela Audi 87 6. Emanuele Pirro Audi 85 7. Allan McNish Audi 71 8. Rinaldo Capello Audi 70 9. Hiroki Katoh Panoz 66 10. Bill Auberlen BMW 64

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Jan Magnussen , Allan McNish , Frank Biela , Jorg Muller , Bill Auberlen , Emanuele Pirro , Hiroki Katoh