Lime Rock: Michelin race report

MICHELIN ROLLS AT LIME ROCK Wins Hike Michelin ALMS Total to 301 Class Wins LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 18, 2009) - Gil De Ferran and Simon Pagenaud teamed with Michelin to roll their ...

MICHELIN ROLLS AT LIME ROCK

Wins Hike Michelin ALMS Total to 301 Class Wins

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 18, 2009) - Gil De Ferran and Simon Pagenaud teamed with Michelin to roll their #66 XM de Ferran Motorsports Acura prototype to their third consecutive American Le Mans Series victory, in the fifth stop of the 2009 ALMS season, the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

"Our new car is the best handling sports car around," said de Ferran of the radical wide front tire design Acura prototypes of de Ferran Motorsports and race runner-up Patron Highcroft Racing. The cars feature rear tire sized MICHELIN® tires on both the front and rear.

Acura (overall and LMP1), Mazda (LMP2), and Porsche (GT2), each delivered victories in their respective classes to raise the Michelin ALMS total to 301 class wins.

Ironically, the victory for the Dyson Racing Mazda driven by Butch Leitzinger and Marino Franchitti is Mazda's first win as a Michelin technical partner and the 300th American Le Mans Series class win for Michelin.

Since the beginning of the ALMS in 1999, Michelin has 101 overall wins in 104 races and an 85 percent strike rate in ALMS classes entered.

The Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche of Patrick Long and Joerg Bergmeister scored the fourth victory of the season to claim GT2 class honors and the 301st ALMS class win for Michelin.

"Our longest runs in practice were just 10 lap runs, so we started the race a little bit cautiously and expecting a lot of yellow flags," said Long. "The race stayed green for a long time and the MICHELIN tires were just so good that I ran my fastest lap 60 laps into my stint."

Racing on the fast, tight, and narrow 1.51 mile circuit in the Berkshire Mountain foothills, competitors fought constant traffic and speed differentials of more than 50 miles per hour in the two hour 45-minute race that produced just one caution period.

The race marked the competition debut of a gas-electric hybrid entry, the Zytek Ginetta prototype from Corsa Motorsports that finished third overall.

"The contrast from the 8.4 mile long circuit at Le Mans to the short 1.5 mile circuit here at Lime Rock could not be more dramatic," said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsports manager. "The technical challenges at Lime Rock are very different and we want to congratulate and thank our technical partners. We especially want to congratulate Mazda on their first win as a Michelin technical partner."

-credit: michelin

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Series ALMS
Drivers Patrick Long , Marino Franchitti , Simon Pagenaud
Teams Dyson Racing , Flying Lizard Motorsports