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NO LET-UP IN CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE FOR PORSCHE-ACURA IN LMP2 AND PORSCHE- FERRARI IN GT2 AS AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES HEADS FOR CANADA THIS WEEKEND BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (Canada) - August 22 - For the only race in the American Le Mans Series outside...

NO LET-UP IN CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE FOR PORSCHE-ACURA IN LMP2 AND PORSCHE- FERRARI IN GT2 AS AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES HEADS FOR CANADA THIS WEEKEND

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (Canada) - August 22 - For the only race in the American Le Mans Series outside the United States, the Porsche RS Spyder and 911 GT3 RSR teams have arrived at Mosport International Raceway on the outskirts of Toronto for round eight of the 11-race circuit, and the championship chases have never been closer

The two-hour, 45-minute event will get the green flag on Sunday, August 24 at 3:00 PM EDT, and will be telecast live on SPEED TV. Also, for the first time, Saturday's qualifying session will be covered live with streaming video on www.americanlemans.com starting at 2:30 PM EDT. As always, all on-track session starting on Friday will feature live timing and scoring as well as audio coverage on American Le Mans Radio on www.americanlemans.com.

Drivers refer to the 2.459-mile circuit - regarded as one of the quickest and most difficult on the American Le Mans Series calendar - with great respect.

"I know of no other track with so many fast corners back to back," says Romain Dumas (France), who celebrated a phenomenal overall victory in Mosport last year with co-driver and co-LMP2 class defending champion Timo Bernhard (Germany).

With their success in the number seven Penske Porsche RS Spyder, they were not only faster than their LMP2 class rivals, but also outpaced the Audi R10 with 200 hp more and a considerably better power-to-weight ratio.

"This track is a huge challenge. I hope we can show our strengths against our class opponents again this time," said Dumas.

The most important goal for Bernhard/Dumas is to increase their lead in the drivers' classification, which they secured with overall wins at the Sebring 12 hour race as well as class wins in St. Petersburg, Salt Lake City and Mid-Ohio.

"Our top priority is to successfully defend our title," says Timo Bernhard, "and we will be totally concentrating on this at the last four races of the season." Porsche also holds the points' lead in the manufacturers' classification (chassis and engine) with Penske Racing leading the team classification.

The highly successful team of Roger Penske fields a second RS Spyder in Mosport with the number six entry, piloted by Sascha Maassen (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA), who presently rank third in the championship.

The Penske Racing RS Spyder vehicles compete with the new DFI (direct fuel injection) engine, which celebrated its race debut in Mid-Ohio with a class victory.

Also running two sports prototypes from Weissach is the Porsche-supported Dyson Racing team. Sharing driving duties in the #16 car are Chris Dyson (USA) and Guy Smith (Great Britain), with the #20 car manned by Butch Leitzinger (USA) and Marino Franchitti (Great Britain), who climbed the podium in third at the previous race in Elkhart Lake. This is Dyson's second year of Porsche RS Spyder competition, but their 25th year as a professional race team.

After his first ALMS win in the GT2 class at Elkhart Lake two weeks ago, Dirk Werner (Germany) belongs to the circle of favorites at Mosport with his Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Farnbacher Loles Racing. He will be at the start with his new teammate Pierre Kaffer (Switzerland), former Audi factory driver and Porsche Supercup star. Their toughest rivals, Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler (both Germany), are entered in the number 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. They are current points' leaders and winners of the rounds in Sebring, Salt Lake City and Lime Rock. Also competing in Porsches for Flying Lizard Motorsports, are Johannes van Overbeek (USA) and Patrick Pilet (France), as well as Seth Neiman and Lonnie Pechnik (both USA).

The other Porsche GT2 class race entered is the VICI Racing 911 GT3 RSR, driven by Nicky Pastorelli (Netherlands) and Marc Basseng (Germany).

-credit: porsche

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Smith , Butch Leitzinger , Sascha Maassen , Timo Bernhard , Patrick Long , Marino Franchitti , Johannes van Overbeek , Romain Dumas , Seth Neiman , Lonnie Pechnik , Pierre Kaffer , Wolf Henzler , Patrick Pilet , Roger Penske , Marc Basseng , Dirk Werner , Chris Dyson
Teams Team Penske , Dyson Racing