McNish breaks Las Vegas track record on thursday

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 26, 2000) -- American Le Mans Series point leader Allan McNish unofficially broke the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track record Thursday during a day of testing for Sunday's Grand Prix of Las Vegas presented by ...

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 26, 2000) -- American Le Mans Series point leader Allan McNish unofficially broke the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track record Thursday during a day of testing for Sunday's Grand Prix of Las Vegas presented by enjoythedrive.com.

Scotland's McNish, driving an Audi R8 Prototype, turned the 2.25-mile circuit in 1:07.303 (120.344 mph), faster than the qualifying record of 1:07.404 that was set last year by David Brabham. Official qualifying begins Friday for the two-hour, 45-minute sports car endurance race.

McNish can clinch the ALMS driver's championship for the 2000 season with a victory on Sunday. He and co-driver Rinaldo Capello of Italy have won three consecutive ALMS races, and five of the last seven.

The Audi R8 of Emanuele Pirro of Italy and Frank Biela of Monaco was second-fastest on Thursday at 1:07.582 (119.854 mph), followed by the Panoz LMP-1 of Johnny O'Connell of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Hiroki Katoh of Japan at 1:08.582 (118.107).

The Dodge Viper team of Olivier Beretta of Monaco and Karl Wendlinger of Austria was the fastest of the day in GTS class testing with a time of 1:15.010 (107.986 mph). The Chevrolet Corvette of Canada's Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim of Cooper City, Fla., was second at 1:15.552.

In the GT class, the fastest lap of the day was posted by the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Lucas Luhr and Dirk Muller, both of Monaco, who were clocked at 1:18.540 (103.132 mph). The Porsche of Bob Wollek of France and Sascha Maassen of Germany was second-fastest at 1:18.945.

Belinda Endress of Newbury Park, Calif., posted the day's fastest time in testing for the season finale of the Women's Global GT Series. Endress was clocked at 1:33.914 (86.522 mph), edging Dana Moore of El Cajon, Calif., who ran 1:33.980.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Dirk Müller , Allan McNish , Frank Biela , Karl Wendlinger , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Andy Pilgrim , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Belinda Endress , Olivier Beretta , Bob Wollek , Emanuele Pirro , Hiroki Katoh