Cunningham ends a strong and competetive ALMS season. DANVILLE, Ky.-- Oct. 18, 2002-- Brian Cunningham and The Racer's Group ended a strong season with the American Le Mans Series season finale, the Audi Presents Petit Le Mans. The team took ...
Cunningham ends a strong and competetive ALMS season.
DANVILLE, Ky.-- Oct. 18, 2002-- Brian Cunningham and The Racer's Group ended a strong season with the American Le Mans Series season finale, the Audi Presents Petit Le Mans. The team took The Racer's Group No. 66 Porsche GT3 RS to a fifth class finish, completing 330 laps at the 1,000 mile American Le Mans Series endurance race. This race marked the first time Cunningham didn't finish on the podium since joining The Racer's Group this season.
Spending approximately five hours of the nine-hour race behind the wheel, Cunningham turned the fastest lap time in the car. Unfortunately, the team was sidelined with a shock, alternator and brake caliper change in one pit stop. The unexpected long stop cost the team 10 laps, though Cunningham was able to bring No. 66 from ninth to fifth in class during his race ending two-hour marathon stint.
Cunningham joined The Racer's Group mid-season and helped his co-driver Kevin Buckler place third in the GT driver championship points, second in the GT team points and clinch the Porsche World Cup Champion title. Though Cunningham joined the team mid-season and had never driven a Porsche before, he placed in the top 15 in the Porsche World Cup Champion points and eighth in ALMS GT driver points.
Cunningham's quick lap times and consistent and aggressive driving ability earned him a win at the mail2web.com Grand Prix of Mosport as well as podium finishes at the Road America 500, Grand Prix of Washington D.C., Monterey Sports Car Championships and Grand Prix Americas. He culminated the season with five podium finishes in six races with The Racer's Group.
"I am very pleased to have finished the season with five podium finishes. It was a very strong and successful season despite only competing in half of the races. I'm very proud of the team and looking back, it really has been a success. It was great working with both Porsche and Michelin. After driving with BMW for three years, it was good to ride the other side of the fence with Porsche. The winter is going to be far too long," Cunningham said of his season.
Cunningham looks forward to the 2003 American Le Mans Series season and looks to continue his success in either the GT or LMP ranks. He is looking at all options in either categories, but is yet undecided on a course of action for next season.
To learn more about The Racer's Group, visit www.theracersgroup.com or www.rennlist.com/racing or contact BrianSCunningham@msn.com.