FastQual award update

New Century "Fastqual" Award Boosts American Le Mans Series Competition Braselton, GA - The New Century Mortgage "FastQual" award has added an extra element of excitement to the fast action of the American Le Mans Series. In its first season of...

New Century "Fastqual" Award Boosts American Le Mans Series Competition

Braselton, GA - The New Century Mortgage "FastQual" award has added an extra element of excitement to the fast action of the American Le Mans Series. In its first season of implementation, the qualifying award has challenged drivers of the ALMS to battle intensely for qualifying position. It also doesn't hurt that a check in the sum of $1,000 is awarded to the pole position winners in the LMP1, LMP2, GTS, and GT classes of the ALMS, courtesy of New Century Mortgage. Drivers who set the fastest lap of each race in winning cars also receive trophies from New Century as an added bonus during post-race ceremonies.

The New Century "FastQual" award is named after the mortgage company's "FastQual" technology for the automated underwriting of loans. In addition to these race-by-race awards, New Century Mortgage will also honor the driver from each ALMS class who accumulates the most pole positions during the season. New Century will present these awards at the end of the season during the ALMS awards banquet following the season closing race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., Oct. 14-16.

In the LMP1 class, Dyson Racing driver James Weaver has clinched the season-long award with four FastQual Awards, while Clint Field of Intersport Racing has clinched the LMP2 class award also with four poles. Romain Dumas of Alex Job Racing has clinched the GT class season-long award with four FastQual Awards.

The GTS class season-long award has not yet been clinched as Corvette Racing's Oliver Gavin has four poles to three for his co-driver Olivier Beretta.

"We have been delighted with New Century Mortgages' sponsorship of the American Le Mans Series and their subsequent decision to expand their presence with the addition of the "FastQual" award," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the ALMS. "We feel that the benefit has been tremendous as fans have had and will continue to have the chance to witness spectacular competition amongst the best professional sports car drivers in the world for the New Century Mortgage "FastQual" award."

Current ALMS New Century Mortgage "FastQual" Standings:

LMP1
James Weaver, 4
JJ Lehto, 1
Butch Leitzinger, 1
Andy Wallace, 1
Marco Werner, 1.

LMP2
Clint Field, 4
Jeff Bucknum, 2
Marino Franchitti, 1
Ian James, 1.

GTS
Oliver Gavin, 4
Olivier Beretta, 3
Ron Fellows, 1.

GT
Romain Dumas, 4
Timo Bernhard, 2
Jorg Bergmeister, 1
Lonnie Pechnik, 1.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Ron Fellows , Ian James , Oliver Gavin , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Marino Franchitti , Marco Werner , Clint Field , Jeff Bucknum , Romain Dumas , Lonnie Pechnik , Olivier Beretta , Alex Job , JJ Lehto
Teams Dyson Racing , Alex Job Racing