Road Atlanta: Team CytoSport qualifying report

Braselton, Georgia (September 25, 2009) - Sometimes it pays off to gamble and sometimes it doesn't. That's what the Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad found out today after placing second in class during the qualifying session for Petit Le Mans at...

Braselton, Georgia (September 25, 2009) - Sometimes it pays off to gamble and sometimes it doesn't. That's what the Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad found out today after placing second in class during the qualifying session for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Heading into today's qualifying session, Team CytoSport knew they had the speed for a strong showing, but the team wanted more than that. With Klaus Graf behind the wheel of the #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder, the team was clear of its ambition. It wanted the LMP2 pole position. The team decided to try something with the hopes it would give them that little extra bit of speed. Unfortunately for the Muscle Milk crew, it didn't go as planned.

Although Graf's lap times were competitive, they were not fast enough to overtake the #20 Dyson car. The German's lap of 1:11.405, registered on his fifth orbit of the 2.54-mile road course, may not have been good enough for pole but it was fast enough to put Team CytoSport second on the LMP2 grid and 10th overall, ahead of the Acura of Fernandez Racing.

Although the Muscle Milk team didn't attain its objective-of-the-day, the team and its drivers Greg Pickett, Klaus Graf and Sascha Maassen are satisfied with their performance thus far and remain optimistic for tomorrow's race. An event they are conscience will be a long hard fought battle, but one they also know they are more than ready for.

Petit Le Mans will be broadcast live, flag to flag, on SPEEDTV starting at 11:00 a.m. ET Saturday, September 26 with the race going green at 11:20 a.m. ET.

Greg Pickett:

"This is a long race. We knew that the Dyson car, once they got things sorted out, would be tough to beat here in the straight line. My congratulations to them, they did really well. We probably were a little bit optimistic with what we tried. We had plenty of speed before so, in hindsight, it probably would have been better to stay with what we had but we're OK. We're starting second at Petit Le Mans ahead of the Acura, which we are pleased about. All of us are looking forward to tomorrow, we think it will be a good race."

Klaus Graf:

"We tried something and it didn't work! It's as simple as that. But hey you have to try to get pole position, that's what we were trying. It was something we tried for prestige and it would have been nice but it's one of those things you have to try from time to time. We still got P2. It's a long race. The car is all good and we had no problems at all. Now we can focus on the race. We're happy. We have a really, really strong racecar. The Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder was very consistent throughout all the sessions. I'm pretty sure that's what we'll find tomorrow during the race as well. The guys did a great job all week now we just have to prep the car tonight for the race tomorrow, let the guys get some early sleep and we'll be in good shape for a long day tomorrow."

Sascha Maassen:

"I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow, it's been great being back in the Porsche RS Spyder. Obviously it will be a long day and many things can happen but I think things are looking good for us. The car is fast, reliable and consistent, we can't really ask for more. Everyone on the Team CytoSport Muscle Milk crew has done an excellent job and it's been great working with them again. Unfortunately we didn't get pole position today but it doesn't really matter, tomorrow is when it really counts."

-credit: tcs

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Series ALMS
Drivers Klaus Graf , Sascha Maassen , Greg Pickett