Mosport International Raceway
Happy birthday victory!
Bowmanville, Ont. (July 24, 2011) - The Muscle Milk team repeated its performance from last season at Mosport International Raceway by taking its second win of the season in the American Le Mans Series, a perfect way to celebrate the team's numerous birthday's this week.
Earlier in the day Mark Bullitt placed seventh in his IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama race.
Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing celebrated a week of birthdays with a perfect weekend at Mosport International Raceway by taking the win after having led all test and practice sessions as well as qualifying.
While the team's performance resembled last year's dominating effort at the Canadian track, it didn't come as easily as in 2010.
At the start of the race Lucas Luhr did manage to build a lead of over 50 seconds before a caution flag came out about 35 minutes into the two hour and 45 minute event. But that's when things turned around a little for the Muscle Milk team.
The team was preparing for the pits to open to do its first stop but they opened at the last second, a fraction too late as Luhr was already past the entry point. Having missed the designated prototype pit lap, the team then had to wait to pit two laps later, after the GT cars had come in for their stops.
The delayed pit stop caused the team to lose the lead and fall 30 seconds behind the first place car. Not one to give up, Luhr muscled his way back up, constantly closing the gap to the leader. By lap 62, he had made his way around Chris Dyson and had built a lead of over three seconds.
On lap 72, the German entered pit lane to hand the car over to his countryman and co-driver Klaus Graf. Once the pit stops had cycled through, Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing was in the lead by over 14 seconds.
From that point on the team never looked back and took its second consecutive win at Mosport International Raceway and second of the season by crossing the finish line nearly 30 seconds ahead of their closest competitor.
With today's win, the Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing team now sits 26 points behind Dyson Racing in the championship standings.
Next up for the Benicia, CA-based team will be the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge August 5 - 7, 2011.
Bullitt stays strong at Mosport
Mark Bullitt put in another solid performance at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday. After scoring his first podium finish on Saturday, the German went on to place seventh in Race #2.
As soon as the green flag dropped on the 45-minute event, Bullitt gained a position and picked up another spot a couple of laps later to take over fifth.
The driver of the #6 Muscle Milk Porsche Cup car stayed in fifth, closely battling for fourth, until an unfortunate incident caused him to lose some positions.
The car of Fernando Pena, who Bullitt was fighting with throughout the race, got loose and spun in front of him. With nowhere to go to avoid from crashing into the other car the German had no choice but to hit the brakes.
While Bullitt was able to get going again, he had lost a few positions and found himself in eighth. It was with about 10 minutes to go, on lap 24, that he made his way past Melanie Snow for seventh, the position in which he would end up. The speedy German also registered the third fastest lap of the race.
Bullitt and his Muscle Milk Team CytoSport will be back on track at Road America August 19 - 20, 2011.
MUSCLE MILK QUOTES
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES DRIVERS
Klaus Graf, co-driver Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing
"We certainly didn't make it easy on ourselves this weekend but it's the end result that counts. Lucas did a good job at the beginning and then he pushed once we lost the lead to get back to the front.
"At the end of the day it came down to experience from both drivers and our team. We've both won here and we like the track and the team performed excellent.
"It was a bit of a roller coaster this weekend, even during the race. So it's very nice to finish with a win for the Muscle Milk team."
Lucas Luhr, co-driver Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing
"I had a good start and a really clean run up until we hit traffic. I had a little bit of a lead until we caught traffic the first time. After the second lap of traffic the gap got rather big. We were up to 50 seconds before the safety car came out but then we lost our lead because the pits opened when I was already past the pit entry, which was frustrating. As the leader you should have first choice.
"After that, we said on the radio let's just put our heads down and do our job. We knew we had the speed in the Muscle Milk Aston Martin and that's what we did. Things go wrong so easily and you have to make it up at the right spot. It takes a lot to get back to the front.
"Compared to Lime Rock two weeks ago, today, everything worked well for the Muscle Milk team, we still need to keep improving the car, step by step. Now we're looking forward to the next race. We want to win every race, basically, if you do that you end up with the championship, it's as simple as that."
IMSA GT3 CUP CHALLENGE BY YOKOHAMA DRIVER
Mark Bullitt, driver #6 Muscle Milk Team CytoSport
"The start was really good for us, we got a good run coming out of turn 10. We made up one position right at the start and after that we were able to stay with the lead group. We had a good race going for about the first half hour.
"About a third of the way in the race. I was battling with Pena but then I saw him getting loose and he spun in Turn 5B and he kind of blocked the whole track so I came to a complete stop and the car stalled. I got the car started again and I tried to get around him but he took off at the same time and the others passed us because we were a close group.
"Overall, I'm very happy with my race weekend. The car was really fast in both races and today we did the third fastest race lap so that's very encouraging."
by: team cytosport muscle milk amr