Michelin continues win streak at Mosport Michelin sweeps GT class Bowmanville, Ontario - Just three days after the worst power outage in North American history pulled the plug on 50 million people in the northeastern United States and parts of...
Michelin continues win streak at Mosport
Michelin sweeps GT class
Bowmanville, Ontario - Just three days after the worst power outage in North American history pulled the plug on 50 million people in the northeastern United States and parts of Southern Canada, Michelin tire engineers, tire fitters and staff were in place to support the winning efforts of the Michelin-shod Audi R8 of Infineon Team Joest at the Mail2web.com Grand Prix of Mosport.
Team Joest drivers, Frank Biela and Marco Werner battled most of the race with the Michelin-fitted Champion Audi driven by JJ Lehto and Johnny Herbert. Lehto led the middle part of the race until both cars pitted with a little more than an hour left in the race. With a quick pit stop and driver change, Werner was able to beat Herbert out of pit lane. The two cars staged a remarkable battle for the next hour but a late pit stop for Champion ended their chance for the win. Biela and Werner earned their fourth win of the season.
Michelin's victory today continued its impressive record at Mosport. Michelin has won all five career ALMS races held at the track.
The JML Team Panoz entry of Scott Maxwell and David Saelens finished third overall and second in the LMP900 category.
Winners Use New Michelin Tires -
Different surfaces, different elevations, high speed corners and long straights all come together at Mosport to challenge drivers, teams and tires. To help overcome those challenges, Michelin came prepared with two newly developed tires for the LMP900 and GT racers. The winning LMP900 Infineon Team Joest Audi used the new tires, as did the GT class winning Alex Job Racing Porsche. The new Michelin Pilot SX racing slicks feature new construction that provided drivers with more stability going into Mosport's numerous high-speed and blind corners. "There are a lot of blind corners specifically turns five and 10," said Amanda Head, Michelin motorsports marketing manager. "The new tires we developed since last year's race here let our teams attack those corners."
Michelin Sweeps Podium in GT Category -
Leading a Michelin sweep, the fourth time this season, in the ultra-competitive GT class was the # 24 Alex Job Porsche 911 GT3 RS driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard. Second place went to the Risi Competizione drivers Anthony Lazarro and Ralf Kelleners, the third consecutive podium for their Ferrari 360 Modena. Orbit Racing's Marc Lieb and Peter Baron scored their first podium of the year finishing third.
ProDrive Finishes Second and Third in GTS -
The ProDrive Ferrari 550 Maranellos driven by Tomas Enge and Peter Kox finished second while their teammates, Jan Magnussen and David Brabham followed in third. Enge and Kox had a challenging day, starting the race at the back of the field after failing post-qualifying tech. Precise driving gave them the edge they needed to work their way through the field for a podium finish.
Michelin Continues to Lead ALMS Tire Championship -
With its victory today in the LMP900 category, Michelin unofficially extended its lead in the ALMS Tire Championship with 106 points over Dunlop (27 points) and Goodyear (26 points). Michelin has 106 points in the GT category, ahead of Yokohama (43), Pirelli (28) and Dunlop (21). Michelin is the defending ALMS Tire Champion in the LMP900 and GT categories.
ALMS Racing Continues Next Weekend -
The next race on the 2003 American Le Mans Series is Aug. 24, 2003, at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisc. The race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time.