Audi 1-2 victory in Miami street race The two Audi customer teams ADT Champion Racing and Infineon Team Joest gave Audi their fourth 1-2 victory of the 2003 American Le Mans Series (ALMS). After 157 laps on the Miami down town street course, the...
Audi 1-2 victory in Miami street race
The two Audi customer teams ADT Champion Racing and Infineon Team Joest gave Audi their fourth 1-2 victory of the 2003 American Le Mans Series (ALMS). After 157 laps on the Miami down town street course, the two former Formula One drivers Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto won ahead of Frank Biela and Marco Werner. The two Germans are leading the championship by 14 points going into the series' finale at Road Atlanta. With Biela, Werner, Lehto and Herbert, only Audi drivers are able to clinch the title.
The race at a glance
- Weather: dry, warm
- Starting positions: 1 #38 Lehto; 2 #1 Werner
- Start: #38 Lehto takes the lead ahead of #1 Werner
- Lap 20: Safety Car
- Lap 24: Restart, #38 Lehto continues to lead in front of #1 Werner
- Lap 45: Safety Car
- Lap 46: #38 Lehto comes into the pits under yellow, refuelling, driver and tyre change. Car shortly under fire during refuelling. #38 Herbert rejoings in third position. #1 Werner new race leader
- Lap 50: #38 Herbert moves to second when #10 Saelens pits
- Lap 57: Restart, #1 Werner leads #38 Herbert
- Lap 70: Drizzle
- Lap 80: #1 Werner hands over to Biela, refuelling, tyre changes, #1 Biela rejoins in second position behind #38 Herbert
- Lap 84: Safety Car
- Lap 91: Restart
- Lap 93: Safety Car
- Lap 97: Restart
- Lap 154: Rain causes a slippery track
- Lap 157: #38 Herbert/Lehto win ahead of #1 Biela/Werner
- Third victory of the season for Team ADT Champion Racing
- 32nd outright victory for Audi in the ALMS, seventh of the 2003 season
Quotes after the race
Johnny Herbert (Team ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 #38): "This was a massive victory for the Champion Team. It's great we were able to give Dave Maraj a home win. I am also pleased for the whole team that puts a lot of hard work into it. There had been many caution periods in last year's race, so we expected the same for this year and planned our strategy that way. We were lucky to get the yellows, which of course helped us. But we were on the safe side, there was still fuel left at the finish."
Frank Biela (Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 #1): "I am not totally happy with our race. But from the championship's point of view we had no other choice. We could not afford a retirement. It was important for us to finish the race. We managed to do so, making another big step towards the championship. The Champion Team was very strong here. Today we had the championship too much on our minds to beat them."
Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Sport): "Congratulations to the Champion Team. They were faster today and deserved victory. Champion risked a lot and had to fear until the very end if the fuel would last. But the risk payed off. The many caution periods helped Champion, but Johnny (Herbert) and JJ (Lehto) were very strong. Frank (Biela) and Marco (Werner) today were thinking more of the championship."