Road America: Michelin Green X Challenge report

ACURA, CORVETTE TAKE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE AT ROAD AMERICA E10 Fueled Fernandez Acura and E85R Corvette GT2 Take Honors at Road America ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. (August 16, 2009) - Efficiency in competition was the name of the game in both...

ACURA, CORVETTE TAKE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE AT ROAD AMERICA
E10 Fueled Fernandez Acura and E85R Corvette GT2 Take Honors at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. (August 16, 2009) - Efficiency in competition was the name of the game in both the race and the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge at the longest and one of the fastest circuits on the American Le Mans Series, the classic 4.0 mile circuit at Road America.

Fuel mileage played a key role in the second MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge win and sixth LMP2 class victory for the Lowe's Fernandez Acura team of Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz which finished third overall.

The Fernandez team took third place overall, just 15 seconds adrift of the bigger LMP1 Prototype leaders, to complete an Acura sweep of the top three positions in the two-hour 45-minute race.

"Fuel mileage is how we won the race today," said Fernandez. "We try to be efficient and to save fuel however we can. By saving fuel early in the race we can extend our range and open more tactical options, like not changing tires on our last pit stop. The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge is a great example for others. In racing, you take the cars to the maximum, but this shows that you can excel without wasting fuel and still win the race and the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge."

The new Corvette Racing GT2 cars produced their second victory in MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge in as many races as the #3 Corvette of Le Mans winners Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen combined their third place in the GT2 race into their second victory in the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge. Corvette Racing also won MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge GT honors at the season opening event at Sebring with their previous GT1 class entry.

"The close competition in prototypes saw the top six cars finish on the same lap, all within just 48 seconds," said Silvia Mammone, Michelin Motorsports manager. "That kind of close performance on the track makes the competition for the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge especially tight and the teams are now finding small ways to save fuel on their way to the starting grid, during their pit stops, and running under the yellow caution flags" said Mammone.

Presenting the awards were John Glenn of the United State Environmental Protection Agency, Lee Slezak and Bob Larsen of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Doug Robinson of the Green Racing working group.

ABOUT THE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge, developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International is a race within the race at all 2009 American Le Mans Series events. Teams win by delivering the best overall performance, fuel efficiency, and smallest environmental impact throughout the race. Using a formula developed by the Argonne National Labs that includes over 30 different factors, real time standings are posted on timing and scoring screens throughout the race. The American Le Mans Series is the only series currently recognized as "Green Racing" by the U. S. Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.

The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge trophies are presented to the respective Prototype and GT winners. The bases for the unique MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge trophies are made of rubber recycled from MICHELIN® GREEN X® labeled consumer tires.

ABOUT MICHELIN® GREEN X® TIRES MICHELIN® GREEN X® labeled consumer tires are optimized for fuel economy by reducing their rolling resistance and weight without compromising other key performance factors such as traction, grip and tread wear. Each tire is marked with Michelin's "GREEN X®" symbol on the sidewall, indicating to consumers a level of increased fuel-efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.

-credit: michelin

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Series ALMS
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Adrian Fernandez , Johnny O'Connell , Luis Diaz
Teams Corvette Racing , HART