Detroit: Pit Crew Challenge semifinal report

CORVETTE RACING NO. 4 POST TOP TIME IN KLEIN TOOLS PIT STOP COMPETITION The semifinal round for the American Le Mans Series' third annual Klein Tools Pit Stop Competition was held at Detroit's Belle Isle Park Friday with four teams advancing to...

CORVETTE RACING NO. 4 POST TOP TIME IN KLEIN TOOLS PIT STOP COMPETITION

The semifinal round for the American Le Mans Series' third annual Klein Tools Pit Stop Competition was held at Detroit's Belle Isle Park Friday with four teams advancing to the Oct. 19 finals at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Posting the best time was Corvette Racing No. 4 featuring drivers Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin. The duo's crew had a driver exchange time, including fuel simulation and four-tire change, of 44.12. The times were extremely competitive, however, as the crew of Corvette Racing No. 3 (drivers Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnusson) turned in time of 44.29 against Dyson Racing's No. 20 squad that posted a 44.32. The 0.03-second difference was the closest of any pairing in the three years of the competition. Rounding out the Top Four was Dyson Racing No. 16 with a 48.80 change time.

Four other teams were knocked out of the competition as the result of incidents during the Series' early Friday morning practice session. Both cars from Tafel Racing and Audi Sport North America were unable to compete in order to work on car repairs.

Klein Tools awards $100,000 for the four rounds of the competition. The No. 4 team earned $10,000. The second place No. 3 team won $5,000. The third place No. 20 team earned $2,500 while Dyson No. 16 won $1,500. The team winning the championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will earn an additional $20,000.

Previous winners overall were Corvette No. 3 in 2005 and Team PTG in 2006.

-credit: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny O'Connell , Oliver Gavin
Teams Corvette Racing , Dyson Racing