SONOMA, Calif. (July 27, 2000) - The Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Dirk Muller and Lucas Luhr of Monaco has been declared the winner of the GT class in Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Sears Point Raceway.
The BMW M3 driven by Hans Stuck and Boris Said, the winner in unofficial results issued after the race, was found to have a technical violation in post-race inspection by SPORTS CAR. The BMW M3 was said to have an oversized fuel tank. SPORTS CAR declared the results official today.
"This was a brand-new car which we had just finished, and we had not checked the capacity of the fuel tank," said team owner Tom Milner. "We had the capacity checked at the gas pumps and it came up to about three-quarters of a gallon below. Apparently, this form of measurement wasn't accurate enough, and after taking expansion and other things into account, our fuel capacity was a half-gallon too large.
"It didn't have any effect on our performance or the outcome of the race -- we pumped out 2.5 gallons after the race," he continued. "But regardless of those facts, our fuel tank capacity was above the maximum allowed. We all feel bad about this, and it was an oversight on our part. We did every measurement that was available to us to make sure the tank was legal and just missed it by a half-gallon."
The American Le Mans Series heads across the border to Canada for the globemegawheels.com Grand Prix at Mosport Aug. 6 at Mosport International Raceway.