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CLOSE FINISHES THE NORM AT EXPANSIVE ROAD AMERICA Seven finishes of less than one second since 2005 Despite being the longest circuit on the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón calendar, Road America has had a knack of producing...

CLOSE FINISHES THE NORM AT EXPANSIVE ROAD AMERICA
Seven finishes of less than one second since 2005

Despite being the longest circuit on the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón calendar, Road America has had a knack of producing close finishes in the last five years. The 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit has played host to the Series each year since 2002 and has produced five of its 30 tightest endings.

As an example, start with last year's finish that saw Patrón Highcroft Racing beat de Ferran Motorsports by just 0.461 seconds. What's more, six cars finished on the lead lap.

In 2005, the finishes in the two GT classes were each nail-biters. Olivier Beretta held off Johnny O'Connell by just 0.142 seconds in a battle of Corvettes. The GT2 race was just as thrilling as Patrick Long beat Romain Dumas up the hill to the checkered flag for Petersen/White Lightning.

Closest finishes at Road America
1. 0.142 seconds - Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin over Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell, 2005 GT1
2. 0.150 seconds - Sascha Maassen/Timo Bernhard over Lucas Luhr/Romain Dumas, 2006 LMP2
3. 0.298 seconds - Jörg Bergmeister/Patrick Long over Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas, 2005 GT2
4. 0.400 seconds - Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro over Dindo Capello/Allan McNish, 2006 Overall
5. 0.461 seconds - David Brabham/Scott Sharp over Gil de Ferran/Simon Pagenaud, 2009 Overall
6. 0.706 seconds - Dindo Capello/Allan McNish over Emanuele Pirro/Marco Werner, 2007 LMP1
7. 0.867 seconds - David Brabham/Scott Sharp over Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas, 2008 LMP2

Round 7 of the 2010 championship is the American Le Mans Series powered by eStar at 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 22 from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. SPEED will air the race live at 3 p.m. ET with live radio coverage available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche - a production of Radio Show Limited - as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Americanlemans.com will stream Friday's qualifying session starting at 3:10 p.m. CT. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.

-source: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Brabham , Allan McNish , Frank Biela , Scott Sharp , Gil de Ferran , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Oliver Gavin , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Patrick Long , Marco Werner , Romain Dumas , Olivier Beretta , Simon Pagenaud , Dindo Capello , Emanuele Pirro