Sebring wins give championship contenders early advantage

BRASELTON, Ga. (March 18, 2002) -- Class wins in the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Dodge on Saturday gave championship contenders an early advantage in the American Le Mans Series point standings. On the other hand, ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (March 18, 2002) -- Class wins in the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Dodge on Saturday gave championship contenders an early advantage in the American Le Mans Series point standings.

On the other hand, several contenders whose luck was not as good in the 2002 season opener find themselves in deep holes with nine races remaining to pull themselves back into the championship hunt.

Audi Sport North America finds itself back on top of the team standings for the LMP 900 class after its Audi R8 won overall at Sebring. The team is seeking its third consecutive title and Audi is seeking its third straight manufacturers championship. Michelin leads the LMP 900 tire manufacturer standings.

Rinaldo Capello, who was part of the winning team for the second straight year at Sebring, leads the chase for the LMP 900 driving title with 31 points. Capello received one bonus point for driving the most laps in the car during the race, placing him one point ahead of teammates Johnny Herbert and Christian Pescatori in the standings.

In the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes, Jon Field leads the driver standings with 31 points after he drove the most laps en route to victory for Intersport Racing's MG Lola EX257. His co-drivers, Duncan Dayton and Michael Durand, are tied for second with 30. Intersport leads the team standings, while Lola leads the chassis manufacturer points and MG heads the engine manufacturer points. Avon leads the tire standings.

Ron Fellows, who received a bonus point as fastest qualifier and another one for driving the most laps in his car, leads the GTS driver championship standings after scoring his first Sebring win. His 32 points lead Corvette Racing co-drivers Johnny O'Connell and Oliver Gavin, who each have 30.

Chevrolet leads the auto manufacturer standings in GTS while Corvette Racing leads the team standings as it seeks its second straight title. Goodyear leads the tire standings.

Sascha Maassen, who drove to victory in the GT class in the Alex Job Racing/McKenna Porsche, also received two bonus points at Sebring and has 32 to lead the GT driver standings. Teammate Lucas Luhr is second with 30, followed by Hugh Plumb with 27.

Porsche leads the GT class auto manufacturer standings, while Michelin leads the tire standings and Alex Job Racing paces the team standings.

The next race for the American Le Mans Series will be the Grand Prix of Sonoma at California's Sears Point Raceway on May 19.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Duncan Dayton , Rinaldo Capello , Christian Pescatori , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Jon Field , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Oliver Gavin , Michael Durand , Hugh Plumb , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing