Notes of Interest 2003-08-07

CANADIAN SWING CONCLUDES AT MOSPORT - The two-race Canadian swing for the American Le Mans Series will conclude with the Aug. 15-17 Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway near Toronto. Mosport, a natural-terrain road racing...

CANADIAN SWING CONCLUDES AT MOSPORT - The two-race Canadian swing for the American Le Mans Series will conclude with the Aug. 15-17 Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway near Toronto.

Mosport, a natural-terrain road racing circuit with a long and storied history, has been a part of the American Le Mans Series schedule since the formation of the series in 1999. The 2.459-mile track has produced some very competitive racing, including the closest margin of victory in series history when Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish won by just 0.148 second over JJ Lehto and Jorg Muller in 2000.

The Grand Prix of Mosport will be televised live by NBC Sports beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, Aug. 17. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage that can be heard online at www.americanlemans.com.

Ticket information is available online at www.mosport.com or by calling 1-800-866-1072.

FELLOWS, MAXWELL IN NASCAR THIS WEEKEND - American Le Mans Series drivers Ron Fellows and Scott Maxwell will take a weekend off from their regular rides and compete in Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Both drivers are from the Toronto area.

Fellows will be back in the Pennzoil Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt, Inc., the same car in which he ran so strongly in the June NASCAR race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Fellows has won five times at Watkins Glen in NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series competition. He normally drives for the factory Corvette team in the American Le Mans Series.

Maxwell, who drives in selected ALMS races for JML Team Panoz, will be making a guest appearance at Watkins Glen for Petty Enterprises in the #43 Cheerios Dodge. Maxwell drove for the Panoz team at Trois-Rivieres last weekend and will be back in the Panoz LMP01 Prototype for the Aug. 15-17 Grand Prix of Mosport.

GRAHAM BACK IN THE SADDLE AT MOSPORT - Canadian driver John Graham, a former class winner in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will return to the driver's seat in American Le Mans Series competition in the Grand Prix of Mosport Aug. 15-17 at Mosport International Raceway.

Graham, who lives in the Toronto suburb of Aurora, Ont., will drive the bright yellow #61 PK Sport Porsche 911 GT3 RS machine in the event at his home track. His co-driver in the Pirelli-sponsored car will be veteran Vic Rice of San Rafael, Calif. The 47-year-old Graham started his racing career in a driving school at Mosport.

"I'm thrilled to be back racing at Mosport and participating in the ALMS," said Graham. "I was with Mike Pickup of PK Sport at Trois-Rivieres and had the opportunity to see the team in action. The GT class is the most competitive and with the assistance of Larry Holt and Multimatic, I think we will have a very strong team."

For most of his career in the ALMS, Graham has driven Prototypes. He won three times in the LMP 675 class in 2001 while driving for the former Dick Barbour team, one year after having won the LMP 675 class at Le Mans while driving for Toronto-based Multimatic. His one start in the GT class resulted in a second-place finish in the ALMS event in Adelaide, Australia, in 2000.

KOX TO GUEST ON NATIONAL CANADIAN RADIO SHOW - Peter Kox, driver for the Prodrive Ferrari team in the American Le Mans Series, will be a live, in-studio guest on the award-winning Raceline Radio program in Canada on Sunday night, August 10.

The program, which is syndicated to radio stations all over Canada, will be doing a special show to preview the Aug. 15-17 Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway. The program airs from 8-9 p.m. (EDT).

In addition to Kox being in the studio, the program will also feature a call-in from Ron Fellows, driver for Corvette Racing and Kox' biggest rival on the American Le Mans Series. Fellows will call in after competing in Sunday's NASCAR Winston Cup race in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

A list of radio stations that carry the program can be found at www.raceline.ca.

TENNIS STAR VISITS ALMS EVENT - An interested observer at last week's Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, Canada, was professional tennis player David Nalbandian of Argentina, a former Wimbledon finalist. He came to the race on the day before starting play in the ATP Tennis Masters Montreal tournament.

Nalbandian attended the race as a guest of the Prodrive Ferrari team and spent most of the first half of the race in the Prodrive pits, decked out in one of the team's familiar red firesuits.

"I have been to a rally event, but never a Le Mans race," he said. "It is very interesting and it's a great way to spend a day off."

The next day, Nalbandian defeated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in his opening match of the tournament.

QUICK NOTES - The fourth-place overall finish by the Corvette of Oliver Gavin and Kelly Collins in last weekend's Trois-Rivieres event was not the highest finish ever in an American Le Mans Series race by a GTS car. The honor belongs to the former Oreca Viper team, which finished third in the ALMS race held in 2000 in Adelaide, Australia --. Johnny O'Connell has come away with a win in three of the four previous ALMS races that have been held at Mosport. He won overall in a Panoz in 1999, then has been on the winning GTS class team the past two years for Corvette. He is the only three-time ALMS winner at Mosport --. The Konrad Motorsport Saleen S7R is entered at Mosport, the first time that the popular and exotic car will have competed in the ALMS since the season-opening Sebring event. Team owner Franz Konrad will co-drive with Mark Neuhaus --.

-alms-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series ALMS
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Rinaldo Capello , Franz Konrad , Allan McNish , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Jorg Muller , John Graham , Kelly Collins , Scott Maxwell , Dick Barbour , Peter Kox , Mark Neuhaus , Vic Rice , JJ Lehto
Teams Corvette Racing