Miami: Porsche Motorsport race report

MIAMI -- September 27 -- Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, already crowned American Le Mans Series GT champions for 2003, took advantage of their teammates misfortune to gain their fifth win of the season in their Alex Job Racing mail2web McKenna ...

MIAMI -- September 27 -- Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, already crowned American Le Mans Series GT champions for 2003, took advantage of their teammates misfortune to gain their fifth win of the season in their Alex Job Racing mail2web McKenna Porsche 911 GT 3 RS at the Miami Grand Prix of the Americas.

Their Alex Job teammate Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister, had taken the lead with 30 minutes left, but Jorg went off the course into the wall with only eight minutes from the checkered flag, causing a DNF and allow Luhr to take the lead Bernhard/Bergmeister finished sixth

Many of the cars suffered from contact due to the narrow, crowded course, the slippery conditions due to the rain, and the large bump on the short straight The Orbit Racing Porsche of marc Lieb/Peter Baron, which qualified and was running third early in the race, hit the tire wall as the result of being tagged by another competitor, suffering right-front suspension damage

The David Murry/Justin Jackson J# Porsche and the Ron Attaputu/David Warnock PK Sport Porsche made contact with each other, putting both cars into the tire wall and causing the PK Sport car to retire. Murry/Jackson finished 14th and the Attaputu/Warnock P orsche was 15th in GT.

Third was the Robin Liddell/Alex Caffi PK Sport Porsche -- their best finish so far since joining the ALMS schedule halfway through the year, with the White Lightning/Petersen Motorsports Porsche of Johnny Mowlem/Craig Stanton finishing fourth. Mowlem/Stan ton were headed for a podium finish when they came in contact with another car and suffered a flat tire, causing an unscheduled pit stop for which they lost two laps to the field.

The Racer's Group Porsche of Kevin Buckler/Cort Wagner was another entry which suffered from the rough street course, with a failed ball joint finally causing a DNF. The other The Racer's Group Porsche also had problems, with the Ehret/Zwart Porsche crash ing during qualifying (finished 11th), and the Gleason/Bunting Porsche losing time during the event with a punctured radiator as a result of contact with another car (finished 13th).

The last race of the ALMS season will be Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 18. The ten-hour event will be broadcast live on The Speed Channel.

The official Porsche media web site - www.press.porsche.com - has racing results and photos for the Miami event for the Porsches entered. Use the word "carrera" for both user name and password, then choose "motorsports news" to find the results. The same information is posted for consumers on Porsche's main site www.porsche.com/motorsport (click on Porsche Motorsports North America and "race reports").

The official race notes and results for all the classes at the Miami event can be found on the official site for the American Le Mans Series www.americanlemans.com.

Other Web sites that follow the American Le Mans Series include Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar.com), The Race Site (www.theracesite.com), the Speed Channel site (www.speedTV.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) , AutoSport magazine's site (www.a utosport.com), AutoRacingDaily.com (www.autoracingdaily.com), Motorsport-news.com (www.motorsport-news.com), Crash.net (www.crash.net), racinglines.com (www.racinglines.com), EnduranceSportsCar.com (www.endurancesportscar.com), pitstop.com www.pitstop.co m); and Speed Arena (www.speedarena.com).

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