Muscle Milk Team CytoSport will start the 2010 Petit Le Mans second in class tomorrow - the green flag falling on the final race of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season. After being fastest in class in the morning ...
Muscle Milk Team CytoSport will start the 2010 Petit Le Mans second in class tomorrow - the green flag falling on the final race of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season.
After being fastest in class in the morning practice session, Muscle Milk Team CytoSport - competing in the LMP2 category this weekend per ACO rules - headed in to the last qualifying session of the season with the goal of claiming a second pole position this year.
Klaus Graf, who is partnered with Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr this weekend, immediately set the pace in the LMP2 class and was sitting first in class and fifth overall halfway through the session thanks to a lap of one minute, 10.562 seconds.
Comfortable with their lap time, the Muscle Milk squad waited to see what their class competitors would do. A few minutes later, when the Dyson Racing car took over the provisional LMP2 pole with a lap time of one minute, 10.417 seconds, the team decided to head back out for another shot at starting first in class.
While Graf was able to improve his time to one minute, 10.548 seconds, he didn't have enough to get ahead of the Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda and had to settle for a second place on the LMP2 grid and a sixth place starting position overall. With their performance in qualifying, Muscle Milk Team CytoSport will be starting ahead of their championship rivals Highcroft Racing who qualified third.
The Greg Pickett-owned team sits second in the LMP Championship, 16 points behind the HPD-backed Highcroft team heading into tomorrow's final round of the season.
In order for the team to win the title it has to complete at least 70% of the race distance with Highcroft failing to finish that same distance.
Teams will get one last chance to make final preparations before the 10-hour/1000-mile event - whichever comes first - during Saturday's morning warm-up at 9:15 a.m. ET.