Benicia, CA (July 31, 2012) - Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is carrying plenty of momentum into the American Le Mans Series round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for Round 6 of the 2012 season.
The team led by drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr have won the last four races and are heading into the weekend as the defending winners of a race that ended in a torrential downpour last season.
The pair of German drivers are looking forward to taking their Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a onto what is described as a technical, 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course for the first time, in what will be the team's fifth visit at the Ohio circuit.
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing's best finish at Mid-Ohio came with their win last season from second on the grid, which was also their best starting position at the event which also hosts the INDYCAR series on the same weekend.
Klaus Graf on track at Mosport The team enters the ALMS race at Mid-Ohio with a 12 point championship lead on their P1 rivals Dyson Racing. With three Michelin Green X Challenge wins this season, Pickett Racing also leads the 'green racing' standings for clean, fast and efficient racing.
Following the team's win at Mosport two weekends ago, driver Lucas Luhr now sits alone in second place in the all-time win standings with 39, only three behind leader Olivier Beretta.
Luhr and Graf, along with their Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team, will be on track starting Thursday for the promoter test session ahead of Friday's practice and qualifying.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge goes green at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 4th and will be broadcast on ABC featuring live coverage from 2:00 p.m. ET.
Muscle Milk Quotes
" I always look forward to the Mid-Ohio race. The track is very technical and a good set up on our Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a is crucial. We'll use every session to make sure we have a good racecar again. Our Michelin tires should also fit perfectly to the surface changes we have to deal with at Mid-Ohio, so I feel very confident heading into the weekend. We won the race last year in torrential rain, but for this year I hope we have a good clean race with good weather so the sports car fans can enjoy the beautiful grassy hills."
Lucas Luhr, #6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a
"Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite tracks in the United States, it has a very good flow to it. With the INDYCAR Series there on the same weekend there is always a very good crowd and it's a great place to race. I'm looking forward to it with our Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a because there are some good downforce corners like turn 1, it should be fun. We did win there last year and our target, once again this weekend, is to open the gap in the championship even more and to have a perfect race. It may be difficult to understand for some because we won the last races but there are always a few things that can be better."
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course, Lexington, Ohio
August 3 - 4, 2012
American Le Mans Series: Round #6 of 10
Race Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes
ALMS live TV Broadcast:
Race: ABC Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
ALMS live online coverage:
United States: ESPN3.com
Qualifying - Friday, August 3, 2012: 1:35 pm - 2:50 pm ET
Live International Broadcast:
MotorsTV - Live on Saturday, August 4
Fox Sports Middle East - Live on Saturday, August 4
Fox Latin American Networks - Live on Saturday, August 4
Schedule (All times Eastern):
Friday, August 3, 2012:
Practice 1: 8:45 am - 9:45 am (All Classes)
Practice 2: 11:15 pm - 12:15 pm (All Classes)
Qualifying: 12:25 pm - 12:40 pm (GTC)
Qualifying: 12:42 pm - 12:57 pm (GT)
Qualifying: 1:03 pm - 1:18 pm (PC)
Qualifying: 1:20 pm - 1:35 pm (P1/P2)
Saturday, August 4, 2012:
Warm up: 9:20 am - 9:50 am (All Classes)
Tech Talk at Muscle Milk Transporter: 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Autograph Session: 10:45 am - 11:30 am
Auction at Muscle Milk Transporter: 11:30 am - Noon
ALMS Race: 1:05 pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
Source: Muscle Milk Pickett Racing