Mid-Ohio: Team CytoSport race report

Podium for Team CytoSport at Mid-Ohio Second-Place finish for Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder in LMP2 class debut PodiumMO LEXINGTON, OH, Saturday, August 8, 2009 - It may have been their first race of the season, but the Team CytoSport Muscle...

Podium for Team CytoSport at Mid-Ohio

Second-Place finish for Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder in LMP2 class debut

PodiumMO LEXINGTON, OH, Saturday, August 8, 2009 - It may have been their first race of the season, but the Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad came out strong by scoring its first podium finish in its LMP2 class debut in the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio today.

The duo of Greg Pickett and Klaus Graf placed second in class, and fourth overall, aboard their #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder following an impressive run by the German and a comeback from an early penalty.

With the race going yellow on the first lap, the action only truly picked up during the lap 10 restart with team owner and driver Greg Pickett running third in class and fifth overall. While putting in competitive lap times in moist conditions, Pickett made contact with a GT2 car and was sent to the penalty box for a 'stop and go' on lap 24. The penalty cost him one position and relegated him to fourth in class. Soon after, he would enter pit lane again, this time for a driver change, fuel and Michelin tires.

When Graf took the reigns of the Muscle Milk RS Spyder, he exited pit lane fifth in class and 15th overall. It didn't take long for him to make his way back up the field, at times running three seconds faster a lap than his closest competitors. Constantly pushing the car has hard as he could, he found himself in third place in the LMP2 category with less than an hour to go and made his way past the second-place car of Adrian Fernandez a few laps later.

Car Race Mid-Ohio Following his second and final pit stop, Graf was once again running third in class. That's when he entered a heated battle with the #20 car of Marino Franchitti. The German driver kept putting pressure on him and it paid off. Franchitti made contact with lapped traffic and Graf jumped on the occasion and took over second place in class and fourth overall. Despite continuing to put in blistering lap times, the first place car of Fernandez was too far ahead for Graf to catch up, but he did cut the lead down from 49 to 10 seconds in the final 15 minutes of the two hour and 45 minute event.

There won't be much time to celebrate its first podium finish for Team CytoSport as its next challenge comes next weekend at Road America.

What they had to say:

Klaus Graf, Driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder
"I had such a good time out there. Right from the beginning they told me you got to keep pushing and pushing. And he kept telling me every five laps, Klaus, you got to keep pushing. That's what I did the whole race. The Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder was very, very good in the race and the Michelin tires were up to the task in every way. We made the right changes and I really have to thank Greg Pickett for making the decision to buy the car, making the changes to the team in order to run it the way we run it. Hats off to all the guys on the team, that was unbelievable. I couldn't be happier. I had a really good day."

Greg Pickett, Owner/driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder
"Obviously we are very pleased. I'm pleased for Porsche, I'm pleased for Michelin, I'm pleased for our brand Muscle Milk and all of our employees and friends and family and fans of both the brand and Porsche. I'm almost speechless, which is a little bit rare for me. Klaus did a spectacular job. He ran many, many laps as fast or faster than the leaders and after it was all said and done if it hadn't have been for my mistake in traffic by nudging a GT2 competitor which got me a penalty, that was really the difference in the race. You're bound to be a little bit rusty but all in all I'm just smiling. It's a good day."

-credit: cytosport.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Klaus Graf , Greg Pickett , Marino Franchitti