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Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, GT3 Cup, RS Spyder Chase Titles in Utah Porsche in Tight Points Battles as the ALMS Heads to Salt Lake City for the First of Five Races in Eight Weeks; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Cup Car, RS Spyder Featured Tooele, UT - July 6...

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, GT3 Cup, RS Spyder Chase Titles in Utah

Porsche in Tight Points Battles as the ALMS Heads to Salt Lake City for the First of Five Races in Eight Weeks; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Cup Car, RS Spyder Featured

Tooele, UT - July 6 -- The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is the most successful GT racer of the season in the American Le Mans Series and around the world with its recent win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After taking home ALMS wins from Long Beach and Laguna Seca, Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) travel as points' leaders to Salt Lake City, where round four of the race series with the world's fastest sports cars takes place on Sunday, July 11.

The 2010 Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix will be telecast live on SPEED TV on Sunday, July 11, from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT (green flag drops at 2:35 PM local MDT). Live timing and scoring is available for all on-track session, as well as streaming video of the qualifying sessions (Saturday, July 10, from 4:55 PM to 5:55 PM EDT), are available at www.americanlemans.com.

"This track suits us. The slower corners require a lot of traction and for the quicker ones we've got the necessary downforce," says Joerg Bergmeister about the 3.048-mile circuit at Miller Motorsports Park, a massive motorsport complex just west of Salt Lake City. Temperatures of well over 90 degrees F are expected for race day.

"That takes its toll on the tires. You have to look after them otherwise it gets difficult," said Bergmeister, who feels he has good chances to secure his third win of the season.

"Last year we had everything under control. And the tests we conducted here recently ran very smoothly. Still, we have to expect that our opponents have made progress as well."

One of the major advantages of the Flying Lizard Motorsports team fielding the #45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR are the virtually perfect pit stops.

"Our team is extremely quick with this, and we can also totally rely on the race strategy," says Patrick Long. With the circuit at the Great Salt Lake lying at 4,200 feet above sea level, the thinner air has a noticeable effect on the engine performance and down force, a situation everyone has to cope with. Long and Bergmeister have a ten point lead in the standings over their nearest competitors, the Risi Ferrari team.

At all the races so this season, Long and Bergmeister have driven their 2009 ALMS GT2 championship-winning Porsche. In Salt Lake City, however, they will race a brand new 911 GT3 RSR. Sharing the cockpit in the second Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will be Americans Seth Neiman and Darren Law.

Having never competed at Miller Motorsports Park, the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR squad conducted tests recently on the demanding circuit.

"We learned a lot about tires and set-up," says Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany), the ALMS GT2 champion with Bergmeister in 2008 and recent Le Mans GT2 winner, who competes with Bryan Sellers (USA).

"Now we just have to see if we can apply everything we've learned to a race situation."

In the LMP sports prototype class, Muscle Milk Team Cytosport runs the Porsche RS Spyder. With the successful racer from Weissach, the US customer team celebrated a class victory at the prestigious season-opening Sebring 12 hour race, notching up their greatest success in the American Le Mans Series. At Long Beach and Laguna Seca, Klaus Graf (Germany) and Greg Pickett (USA) also yielded podium results putting them only four points out of first place going into this race.

In the ALMS GT Challenge class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, it is the trio of Alex Job Racing-prepared Porsches that lead the way, having driven to victory in all three races so far. Two of those wins have gone to Juan Gonzales (Mexico City) and Butch Leitzinger (Rebersburg, Penn.) in the Mission Foods Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Also running this weekend will be Rounds #7 and #8 of the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama, a series for up-and-coming and amateur race drivers in matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars. Ross Smith, from Ft. Worth, Texas, leads the Platinum Class (for 2010 model Porsches) with wins in the first four rounds, while Amadeo Quiros (Costa Rica) and Darrell Carlisle (McLean, Virginia) have the other two wins. In the Gold Cup class (for 2005 - 2009 Porsche Cup racers), Carlos Eduardo (Coral Gables, Florida) has won five of the six rounds, while Amadeo Quiros, Jr. (Costa Rica) won the other race.

-source: porsche - kgpr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Klaus Graf , Darren Law , Patrick Long , Greg Pickett , Seth Neiman , Bryan Sellers , Wolf Henzler , Ross Smith , Alex Job , Darrell Carlisle , Carlos Eduardo , Amadeo Quiros
Teams Team Falken Tire , Flying Lizard Motorsports