Michelin teams to use soft tires for St. Pete

MICHELIN "STREET SOFTS" READY FOR ST. PETERSBURG After Ultra Successful 2008 Debut, Acura and Mazda Prototypes Plan 2009 Attack ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (March 26, 2009) - When the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) cars took to the streets of the...

MICHELIN "STREET SOFTS" READY FOR ST. PETERSBURG
After Ultra Successful 2008 Debut, Acura and Mazda Prototypes Plan 2009 Attack

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (March 26, 2009) - When the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) cars took to the streets of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix circuit in 2008, the prototypes from the Michelin technical partner teams had an edge. They hope to continue that advantage for the Michelin technical partner teams for Acura and Mazda at the Acura Sports Car Challenge in St. Petersburg, on April 4th.

Grip is the name of the game on temporary street circuits like St. Petersburg, and thanks to a design developed by Michelin engineers specifically for the ALMS street circuits, the Michelin technical partner teams enjoyed a sweep of all four ALMS class wins, poles and fastest race laps here in 2008.

Perhaps the most stunning measure was that the 2008 St. Petersburg ALMS pole winning Audi driven by Marco Werner laid down a time that took the collective Indy car field over 1,632 laps in three different practice sessions to top. Even then, the difference in pole times was a mere 0.29 of a second despite a significant weight and power advantage.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Marco Werner