Auburn Hills, Mich., Following a one - two finish in Texas and taking over the lead in the American Le Mans Series manufacturer points, the Audi team now heads to Portland for round eight. The 1.94-mile, 12-turn Portland ...
Auburn Hills, Mich., Following a one - two finish in Texas and taking over the lead in the American Le Mans Series manufacturer points, the Audi team now heads to Portland for round eight.
The 1.94-mile, 12-turn Portland circuit should suite the Audi R8. The team had an opportunity to test at the circuit between the Sears Point and Mosport events. This allowed the team to get a basic setup on the car for this weekends two-hour and forty-five minute race.
Audi assumed the lead in manufacturer points following the Texas race and now focuses on the ALMS drivers point race. R8 driver Allan McNish remains third in the driver standings, just 13 points back from series leader Jorg Muller. Teammates Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro lie fourth and fifth with 149 and 146 points respectively. Rinaldo Capello is in sixth place with 145 points.
Emanuele Pirro (#78): "This track is very interesting, but it won't be easy. Most decisive is the long snaking combination of corners that tolerates different lines. I'm convinced that only one line can be really fast. It's undoubtedly an advantage to be familiar with the circuit."
Frank Beila (#78): "In preparation for Mosport we spent a day testing at Portland and worked on a basic set-up for transmission ratios and the tire compound."
Len Hunt, head of Audi Sport North America: "The team is really working well together. We had a little trouble in Texas with the radio, but still managed to bring them home one and two. We are going into Portland with a focus on the drivers points lead." <pre> Audi R8 line-up for Portland: #77 Allan McNish/Rinaldo Capello #78 Frank Biela/Emanuele Pirro
ALMS Points Standings after Texas: 1. Jorg Muller BMW 163 2. JJ Lethto BMW 160 3. Allan McNish Audi 150 5. Frank Biela Audi 149 7. Emanuele Pirro Audi 146 6. Rinaldo Capello Audi 145 4. Jan Magnussen Panoz 143 8. David Brabham Panoz 128 9. Bill Auberlen BMW 115 10. Hiroki Katoh Panoz 107
ALMS Manufacturers Standings: 1. Audi 162 2. BMW 157 3. Panoz 139 4. Reynard 80 5. Lola 73 6. Cadillac 53
Audi 2000 ALMS Season: Sebring Qualify one and two, finish first and second, fast lap of race Charlotte Qualify second and fourth, finish sixth and twentieth - 1999 R8R's Silverstone Qualify one and two, finish third and eighth - 1999 R8R's Le Mans Qualify first, second and third, finish first, second and third, fastest lap Nurburgring Qualify one and two, finish third and thirtieth, fastest race lap Sears Point Qualify first and second, finish first and second, fastest race lap, McNish new track record Mosport Qualify first and third, finish first and seventeenth, fastest race lap, Biela new track record Texas Qualify first and second, finish first and second, fastest race lap, McNish establishes track record
The current lap record for Portland was established in 1994 by Andy Wallace driving an Oldsmobile Spice in 1994, with a lap time of 1:08.403 and 102.627 mph.
The race will be televised live on NBC, Sunday, September 10th, starting at 4:00 p.m. EST.