Road America: Michelin race notes

Michelin sweeps Road America; Audi and champion Teams take 1-2-3 overall: Alex Job and Racer's Group Porsches sweep GT class. Michelin teams dominated the inaugural Road America 500 American Le Mans Series event at the sun baked Wisconsin road...

Michelin sweeps Road America; Audi and champion Teams take 1-2-3 overall: Alex Job and Racer's Group Porsches sweep GT class.

Michelin teams dominated the inaugural Road America 500 American Le Mans Series event at the sun baked Wisconsin road course today.

Racing for the first time on one of America's premier road course, the four mile long, hilly, fast and challenging Road America, Michelin teams enjoyed a near perfect weekend.

* Taking the overall race victory was the #2 Audi R8 of Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen, followed by #1 Audi R8 of teammates Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro. Third place was the #38 Champion Audi R8 driven by Johnny Herbert and Stefan Johansson.

* Leading a Michelin sweep in the ultra-competitive GT class were a pair of Alex Job Porsche 911 GT3 RS entries with the #22 of Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister taking the honors from Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen aboard the #23 Porsche. Third place went to 2002 Le Mans winner #66 Racer's Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Kevin Buckler who teamed with Brian Cunningham and Michael Schrom to complete a Michelin podium sweep..

* Adding a little bonus to the Michelin success was a third place finish in the GTS class and seventh place overall by the #0 Olive Garden Ferrari 550 Maranello driven by Domenico Schiaterella and Emanuele Naspetti.

* Michelin teams were the only runners to consistently lap under two minutes during the race and led all 118 laps of the race to keep their extensive string intact. Michelin teams have led every lap in 2002 ALMS competition plus every lap of the 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans.

* Despite ambient temperatures in the mid to high 90's and a humid, sunny track, all of the Michelin LMP 900 class entries double-stinted their tires for 45 laps or 180 miles of racing to open the event.

* Michelin teams claimed the overall and GT class poles on Saturday with Tom Kristensen in the #2 Audi and Lucas Luhr in the #23 Alex Job Porsche.

* " We are pleased to have made our first race at Road America so successful," said Jerry Rinaldo, Michelin's ALMS program manager. "This is a great race track and we are honored to have scored our wins in our first race here."

* Next stop for the American Le Mans Series will be the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington D.C. on July 19-21.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Frank Biela , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Kevin Buckler , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Michael Schrom , Alex Job , Emanuele Pirro