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MICHELIN TECHNICAL PARTNER TEAMS FIGHT FOR WINS, CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MOSPORT Tire Technology and Selection Important at Fast, Hilly Track BOWMANVILLE, CANADA (August 24, 2009) - Michelin technical partner teams are in the thick of the...

MICHELIN TECHNICAL PARTNER TEAMS FIGHT FOR WINS, CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MOSPORT
Tire Technology and Selection Important at Fast, Hilly Track

BOWMANVILLE, CANADA (August 24, 2009) - Michelin technical partner teams are in the thick of the fight for race wins and American Le Mans Series Championships as the Series heads to one of the oldest and fastest circuits in North America at Canada's Mosport International Raceway for round eight of the 2009 American Le Mans Series, Aug. 30.

The hilly, fast, 2.549-mile Mosport track presents big challenges for the teams and for Michelin. "Mosport is very tough on tires," said Karl Koenigstein, Michelin ALMS technical team leader. "The high speeds and eight right turns abuse the outside (left side) tires. That makes tire selection very important. Each team must select the right MICHELIN tire compound and construction option to match their strategy for the 2-hour 45- minute race."

"Our Michelin technical partner teams are going for race wins and championships. They want both exceptional grip and extended wear and they do not want to compromise, so our job is to provide them with the technologies and the combinations to help them continue their success," said Koenigstein.

Leading the way are a pair of radical "wide tire" Acura prototypes featuring rear size tires on the front of the innovative cars, which have six wins in the first seven races.

David Brabham and Scott Sharp have scored a pair of race wins aboard the Patr

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Scott Sharp