Second consecutive podium finish for Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad Elkhart Lake, WI, Sunday, August 16, 2009 - The Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad claimed their second consecutive podium finish today at the Time Warner Cable Road ...
Second consecutive podium finish for Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad
Elkhart Lake, WI, Sunday, August 16, 2009 - The Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad claimed their second consecutive podium finish today at the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase featuring the American Le Mans Series at Road America.
Despite finishing third in-class and fifth overall, the team felt it could have accomplished much more had it not been for a 'stop and hold' penalty.
Team CytoSport owner and driver, Greg Pickett, who was handling driving duties for the first stint of the race, was part of a tight battle between the LMP2 cars sitting between second and fourth place. Greg who is getting more and more acclimated aboard the #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder, was putting in lap times as fast as his competitors, making sure he kept them in his sight. With just over an hour gone by in the race, Pickett was sitting third in class and seventh overall.
Running excellent fuel economy, the Muscle Milk squad got caught out by an untimely yellow flag. To avoid running out of fuel on track, Pickett had no choice but to enter pit lane when the pits were still closed. Following the servicing of fuel and Michelin tires as well as a driver change, Klaus Graf who was now behind the wheel of the Porsche RS Spyder had to serve a one minute and 30 second 'stop and hold' penalty once the race went back to green.
Graf, who has been turning heads lately with his performances aboard the Muscle Milk car, didn't let the penalty defeat him. On the contrary, it served as extra motivation as he started cranking out fast laps.
Having fallen one lap behind after serving his penalty, Graf made his way back onto the lead lap after choosing to stay out while everyone else in front pitted during another caution period. Graf was now sitting third in-class and sixth overall. On lap 63, the German, registered what would be the fastest LMP2 lap of the race with a time of 1 minute 52.491 seconds. Thanks to his quick lap times the Muscle Milk driver was closing in on the leaders.
Following another full course caution with less than 10 minutes to go, Graf was able to close the gap to just over one second on the second place LMP2 car, but it was too late as the checkered flag fell on the 2 hour and 45 minute race, leaving the Muscle Milk team wondering what could have been had it not been for the penalty.
The Team CytoSport Muscle Milk squad will now head back to their home base in California as they start to prepare for the Petit Le Mans race, which takes place at Road Atlanta in September.
What they had to say:
Klaus Graf, Driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder
"Today's podium finish is not as satisfying as our first one at Mid-Ohio last week. We feel we deserved much better today. We had the best car out there but that penalty really cost us. The car was phenomenal to drive and once again the guys did an excellent job. It's just disappointing that we received that penalty which made all the difference in our end result."
Greg Pickett, Owner/driver #6 Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder
"I don't really know what to say. I think that the penalty we received was far greater than what we deserved. We didn't have a choice but to pit and in the end we got penalized for our excellent fuel economy. That said we will take this podium finish, we just think that our result could have been much better and more satisfying. The car was again amazing, Klaus drove an excellent race and everyone did a great job."