McNish leads heading to Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif. (October 3, 2000) -- There's no question that Allan McNish is one of the world's hottest race car drivers right now, and he still has more business to take care of before the 2000 season comes to a close. The 30-year-old Scot...

MONTEREY, Calif. (October 3, 2000) -- There's no question that Allan McNish is one of the world's hottest race car drivers right now, and he still has more business to take care of before the 2000 season comes to a close.

The 30-year-old Scot has been the top commodity on the American Le Mans Series for the past three months. This past Saturday, he co-drove to victory in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, scoring his fourth win of the 2000 season and second straight. More importantly, the win placed McNish at the head of the ALMS driver point standings for the first time this season.

As the series heads to Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., for the Oct. 15 Monterey Sports Car Championships Presented by Honda, McNish holds an eight-point lead in the series standings with only three races remaining.

McNish, who co-drives an Audi R8 in the sports car endurance racing series with Italy's Rinaldo Capello, has accumulated 210 points through the first nine races of the 12-event ALMS schedule. Jorg Muller of Monaco, who led the standings until the Petit Le Mans, is now second with 202, tied with Capello. JJ Lehto of Finland, Muller's teammate in the BMW V12 LMR Prototype, is fourth in the standings with 200, followed by Frank Biela of Italy, who has 192.

Rounding out the top 10 in the Prototype driver standings are Emanuele Pirro, 191; Jan Magnussen, 188; David Brabham, 175; Hiroki Katoh, 143; and Johnny O'Connell, 133.

In the GTS class of the ALMS, Olivier Beretta of Monaco leads the driver standings with 229 points, just ahead of Dodge Viper GTS-R teammate Karl Wendlinger of Austria, who has 227. Tommy Archer of Duluth, Minn., is third with 196, followed by David Donohue of Malvern, Pa., 190; and Vic Rice of San Rafael, Calif., 130.

Completing the top 10 in GTS are Zak Brown, 113; Petit Le Mans co-winner Andy Pilgrim, 96; Ron Fellows, 90; Marc Duez, 78; and Jean-Philippe Belloc, 64.

Sascha Maassen of Germany, driver of a Porsche 911 GT3 R, holds the lead in the GT class driver standings with 195, barely ahead of his teammate, France 's Bob Wollek, who has 193. Dirk Mueller and Lucas Luhr, both of Monaco, are next in line with 178 and 164 points, respectively, followed by Randy Pobst of Melbourne, Fla., with 160.

The rest of the top 10 in GT includes Bruno Lambert, 159; David Murry, 133; Shane Lewis and Cort Wagner, tied with 128; and Johannes van Overbeek, 126.

The Oct. 15 race will cover two hours and 45 minutes on the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca circuit. The race will be televised live on Speedvision beginning at 3 p.m. (Eastern U.S. time), and will also be carried live on Eurosport. The race will be shown on a tape-delay basis on Fox Sports Net at 12 noon on October 22. The ALMS Radio Web will have live coverage online at http://www.americanlemans.com..

Ticket information for the event is available at (831) 648-5070, or online at http://www.laguna-seca.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Shane Lewis , David Brabham , Rinaldo Capello , Dirk Müller , Jan Magnussen , Allan McNish , Bruno Lambert , Frank Biela , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Andy Pilgrim , David Murry , Jorg Muller , Tommy Archer , Randy Pobst , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , David Donohue , Hiroki Katoh , Johannes van Overbeek , Jean-Philippe Belloc , Vic Rice , Olivier Beretta , Bob Wollek , Marc Duez , Zak Brown , JJ Lehto , Cort Wagner