Laguna Seca: Michelin preview

MICHELIN TO COMPLETE SWEET 16 AT LAGUNA SECA Will Michelin Technical Partner Teams Go "Softer than Soft" at Laguna? MONTEREY, CALIF. (October 14, 2008) - There are sixteen championship titles awarded each year in the American Le Mans...

MICHELIN TO COMPLETE SWEET 16 AT LAGUNA SECA
Will Michelin Technical Partner Teams Go "Softer than Soft" at Laguna?

MONTEREY, CALIF. (October 14, 2008) - There are sixteen championship titles awarded each year in the American Le Mans Series. Each of the four ALMS classes crowns manufacturer; team; driver and tire champions. Although the manufacturer crowns in the LMP2 and GT2 classes are still in play, one thing is clear, Michelin and its technical partner manufacturers, teams and drivers will once again claim all sixteen championships.

MICHELIN ALMS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Michelin and their technical partners have already locked up the manufacturer championships in LMP1 (Audi) and GT1 (Chevrolet), while the LMP2 and GT2 championship are still up for grabs as Acura (Michelin) and Porsche (Michelin) battle in LMP2 and Ferrari (Michelin) and Porsche (Michelin) fight it out in GT2.

All four class drivers' championships have been clinched by Michelin drivers with Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner (Audi Sport North America) taking LMP1 honors, Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard (Penske Racing) winning in LMP2, Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen (Corvette Racing) securing the GT1 crown and Jörg Bergmeister and Johannes van Overbeek (Flying Lizard Motorsports) clinching the GT2 championship.

Michelin technical partner teams also have secured the LMP1 (Audi Sport North America), the LMP2 (Penske Racing), the GT1 (Corvette Racing) and the GT2 (Flying Lizard Motorsports) class team titles. For the third consecutive season, Michelin and its technical partners are wrapping up a veritable Championship Grand Slam (Tire, Manufacturer, Team and Driver's Championship in all four classes). Michelin has clinched the ALMS Tire Championship in LMP1, LMP2, GT1 and GT2.

MICHELIN PLAN: SOFT OR SOFTER?

Michelin prototype teams have enjoyed great success on the ALMS street circuits in 2008, winning St. Petersburg (Audi R10), Long Beach (Audi R10) and Detroit (Andretti Green Acura) with the new MICHELIN® "Street Soft" ALMS tires, the softest tires that Michelin has ever raced here. Most expected that Detroit, the final street race of the season, would be the last appearance of the ALMS for the street soft tires, Michelin technical team leader Karl Koenigstein suggests that may not be the case. "When the AGR Acura won Detroit by double-stinting the street soft tires for the final two hours of the race, the wear was so good that it prompted a lot of discussion about the possibilities of using the MICHELIN street soft tires at Laguna Seca.," said Koenigstein. "We have included street softs in our Laguna Seca inventory and I expect that most of our LMP2 cars will try them in testing. If they are too soft, we will switch to our standard soft tires."

-credit: michelin

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Series ALMS
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Johnny O'Connell , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Marco Werner , Johannes van Overbeek , Romain Dumas
Teams Team Penske , Corvette Racing , Flying Lizard Motorsports