Miami: Michelin race notes

Michelin sweeps Miami, takes five finishers. Alex Job and Racer's Group Porsches sweep GT Class. Winning Audi R8 wins pole, sets fastest lap, leads most laps and wins the 2 hour 45 minute ALMS race with same set of Michelins! (Miami)--Michelin...

Michelin sweeps Miami, takes five finishers.
Alex Job and Racer's Group Porsches sweep GT Class.

Winning Audi R8 wins pole, sets fastest lap, leads most laps and wins the 2 hour 45 minute ALMS race with same set of Michelins!

(Miami)--Michelin teams matched the hot weather with the hot set-up at today's inaugural American LeMans Series event #9, the Cadillac Grand Prix of the Americas in Miami.

Michelin teams adapted to the changing track conditions to enjoy a near perfect weekend at the 16 turn, 1.3875 mile new temporary circuit, sweeping the top five positions in the race.

Taking the overall race victory was the #1 Audi R8 of Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro. Finishing second and scoring their best finish ever was the Cadillac LMP02 driven by J.J. Lehto and Max Angelelli followed by the #2 Audi R8 of Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen.

* Leading a Michelin sweep in the ultra-competitive GT class were the Alex Job Porsche 911 GT 3 RS entries with the #23 Porsche driven by Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen. Taking the win over the #22 of teammates Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister. With the victory, the Alex Job Porsche clinched the 2002 ALMS GT class team championship.

* Completing the Michelin sweep in GT was 2002 Le Mans winner Kevin Buckler who teamed with Brian Cunningham. His third place points clinched the Porsche Cup, open worldwide to non-factory Porsche drivers.

* The winning Audi R8 of Audi Sport North America claimed the pole, set fastest lap of the race, led the most laps and won the 2 Hour 45 Minute race all on the same set of Michelin Pilot Sport racing slicks. "We are pleased that we were able to provide our partner teams with the grip and wear they needed to win here at Miami," said Herb Johnson, Director of Motorsports for Michelin North America. "Coming to a new event and a new circuit is always a big challenge for our Michelin teams and, for us, too" said Johnson,. "Our teams went in several different directions on their set ups and tire selections, and we tried to provide them with the right Michelin tire construction and compound to match their set up and race strategy."

* Adding a little bonus to the Michelin success was a third place finish in the GTS class by the Prodrive Ferrari 550 Marenello of Tomas Enge and Peter Kox, winners of the last ALMS event at Laguna Seca.

* Michelin teams led all 122 laps of the race to keep their 34 race win string intact. Michelin teams have led every lap in 2002 ALMS competition and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2002.

* Michelin teams claimed the overall and GT class poles on Friday with Frank Biela in the #1 Audi R8 and Lucas Luhr in the #23 Alex Job Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomas Enge , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , J.J. Lehto , Frank Biela , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Peter Kox , Timo Bernhard , Max Angelelli , Brian Cunningham , Alex Job , Emanuele Pirro