American Le Mans Series: Goodyear won the Tire Manufacturer championship in the GTS class and two Goodyear teams won championships, pole positions and the race at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. "Winning the Tire Manufacturers championship is...
American Le Mans Series: Goodyear won the Tire Manufacturer championship in the GTS class and two Goodyear teams won championships, pole positions and the race at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
"Winning the Tire Manufacturers championship is a tremendous accomplishment," said Bob Shaffer, Goodyear marketing manager, sports car racing. "It is a testament to the great work done by all the men and women at Goodyear, and by our racing partners, Corvette Racing."
Goodyear clinched the tire title when the field took the green flag to start the endurance classic. Corvette Racing's trio of Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins and Franck Freon started on the GTS pole and went on to win the class, thus winning the Automobile Manufacturers championship.
"We ran hard the whole race," Pilgrim said. "Nobody runs these races like endurance races anymore. It's crazy. It's just a long sprint race. I mean, as fast as you can go and hold the tires together. I have to say the Goodyear tires were excellent today. The temperatures and the compounds all came together. The tires were really, really good, so hats off to Goodyear. They stayed under us."
Dick Barbour Racing had an equally impressive weekend in LMP 675. Didier de Radigues, Bruno Lambert and Earl Goddard started on the pole. de Radigues had already clinched the class' driver's championship, the only driver to do so before the start of the Petit Le Mans.
But it was the Barbour car driven by Milka Duno, John Graham and Scott Maxwell that won the race. Their victory helped clinch the Team Championship.
"(The tires) were consistent, it was very good," Duno said. "From the start to the final, it was very good tires all the time. I was happy with the tires."