Washington DC: Michelin raceday notes

Michelin sweeps Washington, D.C. Panoz, Audi, Cadillac and Champion, teams take 1-2-3-4-5-6 Michelin fitted Porsches sweep GT Class. (Washington, D.C.)---Michelin teams had the hot set-up to match the hot weather at today's inaugural Cadillac...

Michelin sweeps Washington, D.C.
Panoz, Audi, Cadillac and Champion, teams take 1-2-3-4-5-6
Michelin fitted Porsches sweep GT Class.

(Washington, D.C.)---Michelin teams had the hot set-up to match the hot weather at today's inaugural Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, the fifth race in the American Le Mans Series.

Racing in the nation's capitol for the first time in nearly 80 years, Michelin teams enjoyed a near perfect weekend at the1.661 mile temporary circuit at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium as they swept the top six places while capturing the overall; LMP 900 class and GT Class victories.

* Taking the overall race victory was the Michelin fitted #50 Panoz of Jan Magnussen and David Brabham followed by the #2 Audi R8 of Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen. In third place was the #1 Audi R8 of Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro. Fourth place went to the continuously improving new Cadillac of Max Angelelli and Christophe Tinseau. In fifth place was the #38 Champion Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert and Stefan Johansson followed by the #51 Panoz of Bryan Herta and Bill Auberlen.

* Leading a Michelin sweep in the ultra-competitive GT class was the #23 Alex Job Porsche 911 GT 3 RS driven by Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen. Second place went to the Racer's Group Porsche of 2002 Le Mans winner Kevin Buckler teamed with Brian Cunningham. The #22 Alex Job Porsche of Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister finished third while Buckler's teammates Darren Law and Michael Schrom took fourth in the #67 Porsche.

* "Competing at a new track is always a challenge for our partner teams and for Michelin," said Herb Johnson, director of motorsports, Michelin North America. "The track surface is excellent and remained consistent throughout this weekend's activities. The heat was a major concern, with track temperatures approaching 120 degrees and cockpits rising to 160. The Michelins performed with excellence despite the heat, and we were able to double-stint the racing slicks at some critical times."

* Michelin-shod teams led all 140 laps of the race to keep their 14 consecutive race string intact. Michelin teams have led every lap in 2002 ALMS competition and the 2002 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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

* Michelin teams claimed the Overall, LMP 900 and GT class poles on Saturday with Frank Biela in the #1 Audi R8 and Sascha Maassen in the #23 Alex Job Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

-michelin-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , David Brabham , Tom Kristensen , Jan Magnussen , Frank Biela , Bryan Herta , Christophe Tinseau , Bill Auberlen , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Kevin Buckler , Darren Law , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Michael Schrom , Max Angelelli , Brian Cunningham , Emanuele Naspetti , Alex Job , Emanuele Pirro