BY THE NUMBERS: SEBRING N/A - It seems like in every American Le Mans Series event, records are broken and history is made. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was no exception, of course. Here's a look at some of the more intriguing figures...
BY THE NUMBERS: SEBRING
N/A - It seems like in every American Le Mans Series event, records are broken and history is made. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was no exception, of course. Here's a look at some of the more intriguing figures from both the American Le Mans Series and Sebring:
1: The number of diesel-powered cars to win in the American Le Mans Series and at Sebring. Audi Sport North America's revolutionary Audi R10 TDI piloted by Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello cruised to an almost effortless four-lap victory in the 54th running of the 12 Hours despite starting from pit lane after changing the car's heat exchanger during the formation lap.
McNish also posted the fastest qualifying time in the R10 TDI, another landmark for diesel power in the American Le Mans Series. "To get the first victory for a TDI engine after our pole position is fantastic," said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport. "We showed what's in our new sports car with a diesel engine. We learned a lot today and know that it is still a long way to Le Mans."
2: The highest overall finish by an LMP2 car at Sebring. Jon Field, Clint Field and Liz Halliday completed 345 laps for 1,276.5 miles in the No. 37 Intersport Lola B05/40-AER, both new marks for a P2 car at the 12-hour classic. "This place is really special," Jon Field said. "We thought this was the real deal and we came through. We really had to drive hard, but be careful, to make it to the end."
3: The number of marques on the GT2 podium following a titanic battle all day that saw Panoz, Porsche and Ferrari entries finish on the same lap. The No. 50 Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz Esperante GTLM of David Brabham, Scott Maxwell and Sebastien Bourdais beat out the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR by a scant 5.365 seconds.
Also in the mix was the new No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430GTC in its debut race, which was 49.013 seconds back of the winning Panoz.
3: The number of classes in which Brabham has won in the American Le Mans Series, the only driver to do so. He has won seven times in the prototype ranks, four times in GT1 and now once in GT2. "I was lucky to be involved with Aston Martin's return last year, which was special," Brabham said. "But this is too. It's a class I'm not used to. With the car and the competitiveness out there, there wasn't a break out there the whole time."
4: The number of victories for Halliday in the Series, making her the most successful female driver in Series history. "I was lucky enough to be the one to cross the finish line," she said. "I think that was the only time the car struggled all day. AER did a great job keeping things running. The driver change at the end was based on where the Porsche was at the time of our last stop."
4: The number of overall wins at Sebring for Kristensen, who solidified himself further as the dominant sports car driver of his generation with a record seven titles at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Kristensen also has four fastest race laps and is the first driver to win overall Series races with three different race cars: BMW V12 LMR, Audi R8 and Audi R10 TDI.
"I know how many people have been working very hard for this and I would like to thank all of them," Kristensen said after the race. "Crossing the finish line was a historic moment for the diesel technology."
6: The number of consecutive Series wins in GT1 for Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin in Corvette Racing's No. 4 Corvette C6.R. The defending class champions won the last five Series events of 2005 (not including a second straight win at Le Mans) before triumphing at Sebring (with Jan Magnussen) by a lap over Aston Martin Racing's No. 009 Aston Martin DBR9.
"It's very satisfying," Gavin said. "We didn't have one single problem. There were things that looked like they would be problems, but we managed to keep the lid under them."
7: The number of different codrivers with whom Kristensen and Brabham have won Series events, tying the record held by Gavin. Kristensen had never won with McNish prior to Saturday, and Brabham drove for the first time with Maxwell and Bourdais.
8: The number of seasons Magnussen has won at least one race in the Series. He now is the only driver to have won in all eight years of the American Le Mans Series.
24: The number of LMP1/P900 wins for Audi Sport North America in the Series, the most among class teams. That total is six better than Champion Racing's 18.
25: The number of lead changes in the stellar GT2 battle at Sebring. Four different marques - Panoz, Porsche, Ferrari and BMW - each led at least one lap during the 12 Hours, a scintillating preview of what is to come for the rest of the season.
25: The number of career victories in the American Le Mans Series for Beretta. The three-time season champion moved past Corvette Racing teammates Johnny O'Connell and Ron Fellows.
"Each time I win a race with Corvette Racing, I always think, wow that was a good one!" Beretta said. "It looks like every time we go to a race that we need to win, it is another fantastic victory."
41: The number of victories by Corvette Racing in the Series. Alex Job Racing is second with 36.
47: The number of consecutive starts by Fellows following Sebring, another Series record. Frank Biela and Sascha Maassen shared the old mark of 40.
109: The number of drivers who have won in the American Le Mans Series in its eight-year history, with Bourdais being the most recent.
670: The number of drivers who have started an American Le Mans Series race, including 20 first-timers at Sebring.