Utah: Porsche Motorsport qualifying report

LUCAS LUHR CAPTURES LMP2 POLE FOR PORSCHE RS SPYDER; PENSKE TEAMMATE TIMO BERNHARD SECOND FOR SATURDAY'S UTAH GRAND PRIX SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - July 14, 2006 - For the third time since the debut of the Penske Porsche RS Spyder last year at...

LUCAS LUHR CAPTURES LMP2 POLE FOR PORSCHE RS SPYDER; PENSKE TEAMMATE TIMO BERNHARD SECOND FOR SATURDAY'S UTAH GRAND PRIX

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - July 14, 2006 - For the third time since the debut of the Penske Porsche RS Spyder last year at Laguna Seca Raceway, Lucas Luhr, from Monaco, has earned the LMP2 class pole for Saturday's Utah Grand Prix. It marks the sixth time the RS Spyder has taken the LMP2 pole in its six-race history.

Luhr, a two-time American Le Mans Series GT2 champion, is only five points out of the LMP2 Drivers Championship lead with co-driver Sascha Maassen, and feels comfortable at the challenging new 23-turn circuit.

"The track is not easy, but it's a wonderful design and enjoyable to drive. We tested here last month for two days, and had so many problems that we were afraid to come back for the race, but all the problems have been resolved, and we have run well all week," said Luhr, whose two previous RS Spyder poles were at Laguna Seca ('05) and Sebring this past March.

Timo Bernhard, from Germany, who will co-drive the other Porsche RS Spyder with Romain Dumas from France, was faster in qualifying until the last lap in the session, when Lucas turned his pole- sitting time. Bernhard and Dumas have won the LMP2 class at the last two American Le Mans Series events, including an overall win in May at Mid-Ohio.

The Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 prototypes were fourth and fifth overall, behind three LMP1 racers, the two Audis and an AER/Lola.

In the GT2 class, the Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Johannes van Overbeek and Wolf Henzler - with Henzler handling the qualifying duties - is second on the class grid behind the leading Ferrari 430. Van Overbeek, who currently leads the GT2 Drivers Championship, moved up on the grid with Henzler after the Alex Job Porsche of Mike Rockenfeller/Klaus Graf was disqualified for ground clearance that was too low.

The Grand Prix of Utah, round five of the ten-race American Le Mans Series, will be held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on Saturday, July 15, from 8:00 PM EDT to 11:45 PM. The race will be telecast by CBS Sports on Sunday, July 16 at 2:00 PM EDT, and in Europe on Motors TV, also on Sunday. A live web radio broadcast can be heard on the American Le Mans Series web site - www.americanlemans.com. The ALMS site will also carry live scoring for qualifying as well as for the complete race.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Klaus Graf , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Timo Bernhard , Johannes van Overbeek , Romain Dumas , Mike Rockenfeller , Alex Job