Acura, Porsche Claim MichelinÂ® Green XÂ® Challenge Honors at Long Beach Grand Prix; Different Winners Yet Again LONG BEACH, CALIF. (April 19, 2009) - The first west coast stop for the MICHELINÂ® Green XÂ® Challenge featured yet another pair of...
Acura, Porsche Claim Michelin® Green X® Challenge Honors at Long Beach Grand Prix; Different Winners Yet Again
LONG BEACH, CALIF. (April 19, 2009) - The first west coast stop for the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge featured yet another pair of new winners as the race winning de Ferran Acura LMP1 prototype and the GT2 class winning Flying Lizard Porsche GT2 become the third different pair of winners in the first three races of the 2009 American Le Mans Series.
Competing in the 100-minute "race within a race" on the iconic 1.968 mile street circuit, the shortest event of the 2009 American Le Mans Series, most ALMS teams made only a single pit stop, making the competition for the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge especially close.
All of the cars entered in the ALMS race are scored for the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge based upon performance, fuel efficiency and environmental impact. The scientific formula was created by a team from the U.S Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International in cooperation with the Argonne National Labs.
"The ALMS has provided a great forum for us to show our technology," said Gil de Ferran, whose team scored both its first ever ALMS race victory and MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge wins. "The MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge is important to manufacturers like Acura and to the teams. We applaud Michelin on helping to promote "green racing" and we are very proud to win the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge today. "
The de Ferran Acura team joins Audi Sport North America (Sebring) and Lowe's Fernandez Racing Acura (St. Petersburg) as MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge prototype winners to date.
Joining Corvette Racing (Sebring) and Rahal Letterman BMW (St. Petersburg) as GT winners, were Porsche and the Flying Lizard Motorsports team
"We are pleased that the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR won the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge this weekend at Long Beach. Porsche Motorsport in Germany did a lot of work on the GT3 RSR over the winter to make the car more aerodynamic and more fuel efficient while adding to its on-track speed, and we are gratified that the effort put us not only on top of the podium for the race, but for the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge as well," said Paul Ritchie, president of Porsche Motorsport North America.
"Today we have our first victory in the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge," said Flying Lizard Motorsports driver Joerg Bergmeister, "We take the technical platform that the ALMS has provided and Porsche and our Flying Lizard team both work very hard at all aspects of competition and this is a testament to those efforts."