Road America: Porsche Motorsport qualifying report

LUHR, MAASSEN ONE-TWO IN DIFFERENT PORSCHE RS SPYDERS IN ROAD AMERICA LMP2 QUALIFYING ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - August 19, 2006 - Lucas Luhr, from Monaco, has put the ...

LUHR, MAASSEN ONE-TWO IN DIFFERENT PORSCHE RS SPYDERS IN ROAD AMERICA LMP2 QUALIFYING

ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - August 19, 2006 - Lucas Luhr, from Monaco, has put the #7 Porsche RS Spyder, prepared by Penske Motorsports, on the LMP2 class pole, setting a new track record and placing the car third overall behind the two LMP1 class Audis on the American Le Mans Series grid for tomorrow's Generac 500 at Road America.

Luhr, who is now driving with Frenchman Romain Dumas, bested his former co-driver Sascha Maassen in the team #6 Porsche RS Spyder by two-tenths of a second to gain the top spot in class. One of the changes the Penske team has make for the rest of the season is to amortize the vast American Le Mans Series experience - almost 50 class wins between them - of veteran drivers Maassen and Luhr. Starting this weekend, Luhr is joined by Romain Dumas in the #6 Porsche RS Spyder, and Maassen is running with Timo Bernhard in the #7 entry.

"It was a little strange not running with Sascha - for the first time in a long time - and we had some work adjusting the seat, pedal levels, and even driver change routines, but I understand the points situation and the switch makes sense," said Luhr.

"It was also a little strange qualifying against Sascha, but once the session began, I was able to concentrate on turning the fastest time. Because of the cool track temperatures, the front tires did not heat up well on the first flying lap, but, by lap two, things were much better. This is my favorite track because the flow is good - no hairpins or first-gear corners. Romain and I are very pleased to be on the pole," said Luhr.

Luhr now has 14 class poles in the American Le Mans Series - three this season. The Porsche RS Spyder has now been on the pole in all eight races - seven this year - since its debut last October at Laguna Seca.

The two cars have scored three class wins between them, including a one-two overall victory at Mid-Ohio, and have opened a significant points lead in chassis, engine and team LMP2 standings (Porsche currently leads the LMP2 chassis and manufacturers' championship and Penske Racing is currently on top of the LMP2 team championship) . But a combination of mechanical problems and on-track incidents has left the leading Porsche drivers Maassen and Luhr five points behind in the current LMP2 Drivers Championship standings.

GT2 - Speed versus Consistency

Jorg Bergmeister, from Germany, driving the Petersen/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, grabbed the GT2 class pole for Sunday's Generac 500 at Road America. Bergmeister, who won the class championship last year with co-driver Patrick Long, was in second place in qualifying near the end of the session when he turned his fast lap - breaking his own track record for the class (2004). Mike Rockenfeller, also from Germany, had held the top spot for most of the session in his Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, but will now start second with co-driver Marcel Tiemann.

The Risi Ferrari 430 is third on the grid, with GT2 points leader Johannes van Overbeek and co-driver Wolf Henzler fourth in their Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Henzler qualified the car for the Road America Event.

-credit: www.porschemotorsport.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Marcel Tiemann , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Patrick Long , Johannes van Overbeek , Romain Dumas , Mike Rockenfeller , Wolf Henzler , Alex Job
Teams Team Penske , HART , Alex Job Racing