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American LeMans 2009 Series Season Review

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2009 Wins P1/overall: Gil de Ferran/Simon Pagenaud 5, David Brabham/Scott Sharp 3; Rinaldo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish 1; Franck Montagny/Stephane Sarrazin  (DeFerran Acura 5, Highcroft Acura 3, Audisport Joest Audi R15 TDI 1, Peugeot 908 HDI FAP 1)

2009 FQs P1/overall: Gil de Ferran, Simon Pagenaud 3; David Brabham 2; Scott Dixon, Nicolas Minassian 1  (DeFerran Acura 7, Highcroft Acura 2, Peugeot 908 HDI FAP 1)

2009 Fast Laps P1/overall: Simon Pagenaud 5, Gil de Ferran 2, Sebastien Bourdais, David Brabham, Allan McNish 1  (DeFerran Acura 7; Highcroft Acura, Audisport Joest Audi R15 TDI, Peugeot 908 HDI FAP 1)

2009 Leaders Lead-Lap Finishes P1: David Brabham/Scott Sharp 7; Gil de Ferran/Simon Pagenaud 6

2009 Wins P2: Luis Diaz/Adrian Fernandez 8; Marino Franchitti/Butch Leitzinger 2; Ben Devlin 1  (Fernandez Acura 8; Dyson Lola B09/86-Mazda 2)

2009 FQs P2: Luis Diaz 4; Adrian Fernandez, Marino Franchitti 3  (Fernandez Acura 7; Dyson Lola B09/86-Mazda 3)

2009 Fast Laps P2: Adrian Fernandez 4; Marino Franchitti 3; Klaus Graf 2; Luis Diaz 1 (Fernandez Acura 5; Dyson Lola-Mazda 3; Pickett Porsche RS Spyder 2)

2009 Leaders Lead-Lap Finishes P2: Luis Diaz/Adrian Fernandez 8; Marino Franchitti/Butch Leitzinger 4

2009 Wins GT2: Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long 6; Pierre Kaffer/Jaime Melo/Mika Salo 2; Bill Auberlen/Joey Hand, Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell 1  (Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 6; Risi Ferrari F430 GT 2; BMW Rahal/Letterman BMW E92 M3, Chevrolet Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 1)

2009 FQs GT2: Jaime Melo 3; Jorg Bergmeister 2; Joey Hand, Jan Magnussen, Dirk Muller, David Murry, Dirk Werner 1  (Risi Ferrari 3; BMW Rahal/Letterman BMW, Flying Lizard Porsche 2; Corvette Chevrolet Corvette, Farnbacher Loles Porsche, Robertson Ford GT 1)  (Ferrari, Porsche 3; BMW 2; Chevrolet Corvette, Ford GT 1)

2009 Fast Laps GT2: Dirk Muller 2; Jorg Bergmeister, Joey Hand, Pierre Kaffer, Marc Lieb, Patrick Long, Jan Magnussen, Jaime Melo, Dirk Werner 1  (BMW Rahal Letterman BMW, Flying Lizard Porsche 3; Risi Ferrari 2; Chevrolet Corvette, Farnbacher Loles Porsche 1)  (Porsche 4; BMW 3; Ferrari 2; Chevrolet Corvette 1)

2009 Leaders Lead-Lap Finishes GT2: Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long 6; Pierre Kaffer/Jaime Melo 4; Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell 3

2009 Wins Challenge class: Martin Snow/Melanie Snow 3; John Baker/Guy Cosmo, Bob Faieta/Wesley Hoaglund 1  (Snow Racing 3; Gruppe Orange, Orbit Racing 1)

2009 FQs Challenge class: Guy Cosmo 3; Bob Faieta, Carl Skerlong 1 (Orbit Racing 3; Gruppe Orange 2)

2009 Fast Laps Challenge class: Guy Cosmo 4; Carl Skerlong 1 (Orbit Racing 4; Gruppe Orange 1)

2009 Leaders Lead-Lap Finishes Challenge class: Martin Snow/Melanie Snow 3

2009 Lap Completion Leaders (of 1511): Highcroft Acura 1422; Fernandez Acura 1415; #45 Flying Lizard Porsche 1357; #44 Flying Lizard Porsche 1325; PTG Panoz Esperante GTLM 1318; DeFerran Acura 1298; Farnbacher Loles Porsche 1272; Risi Ferrari 1196; Milner/Muller Rahal/Letterman BMW 1091; Franchitti/Leitzinger Dyson Lola 1074; Intersport Lola 1055

2009 Overall Podium Finishes: Highcroft 8 (3 wins, 4 seconds, 1 third); DeFerran Acura 7 (5 wins, 2 seconds); Fernandez Acura 7 (2 seconds, 5 thirds); Peugeot 3 (1 win, 2 seconds); Audisport Team Joest 3 (1 win, 2 thirds); Corsa 1 (1 third); Dyson 1 (1 third)

2009 GT2 Marque podium finishes: Porsche nine (six wins, one second, two thirds); Ferrari seven (two wins, four seconds, one third); BMW seven (one win, three seconds, three thirds); Chevrolet five (one win, two seconds, two thirds); Panoz two (two thirds)

2009 GT2 Entrant podium finishes: BMW Rahal Letterman seven (one win, three seconds, three thirds); Risi six (two wins, three seconds, one third);  Flying Lizard six (six wins); Chevrolet Corvette five (one win, two seconds, two thirds); Farnbacher Loles three (one second, two thirds); PTG Panoz two (two thirds); Pecom one (one second)

2009 ALMS RACE BY RACE HIGHLIGHTS

2009 SEBRING 12 HOURS

The #2 Audi R15 TDI of Audi Joest Racing won the 2009 Sebring 12 Hours in its debut driven by Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen, and Allan McNish.  The trio started second overall and in P1 and won by 22.279 seconds over the runnerup #08 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP of Sebastien Bourdais, Franck Montagny, and Stephane Sarrazin.  The Peugeot started fifth overall and in P1 and Bourdais set overall and P1 Fast Lap, the first Fast Lap of his ALMS career.  Each car completed 383 laps.

Third overall and in P1 after starting fourth overall and in P1 was the #1 Audi North America Audi R15 TDI of Lucas Luhr, Mike Rockenfeller, and Marco Werner.  This trio finished two laps behind the 1-2 finishers at 381 laps completed.

The second Peugeot, the #07 entry of Christian Klien, Pedro Lamy, and Nicolas Minassian, placed fifth overall and fourth in P1 after starting third overall and in P1.  The car retired after 356 laps with mechanical problems.

Scott Dixon put the new De Ferran Acura ARX/02A-Acura on the overall and P1 pole as Fast Qualifier; the car (also driven by Gil De Ferran and Simon Pagenaud in the race) retired after 246 laps with mechanical problems, placing sixth in P1 and eighteenth overall.  The Fast Qualifier honor was the first of Dixon’s ALMS career.

The other new Acura ARX/02A-Acura, entered by Highcroft for David Brabham, Dario Franchitti, and Scott Sharp, also retired with mechanical problems.  Completing 302 laps, the car placed fifth in P1 and fifteenth overall.

The race was led by four P1 racecars (two Audi R15 TDIs and two Peugeot 908s) representing three Entrants (Audi Joest, Audi North America, Peugeot), and two marques (Audi and Peugeot).  Eleven drivers led the race and produced twenty-two lead changes!

The Peugeot entries led 221 laps, the Audi entries 162.  The winning #2 Audi led the most laps, 155, followed by the runnerup #08 Peugeot’s 153.  The #07 Peugeot led 68 laps, the #1 Audi led 7 laps.

Allan McNish from the winning team led the most laps, 111.  Sebastien Bourdais (63 laps led) and Stephane Sarrazin (57) from the runnerup Peugeot ranked second and third.  Tom Kristensen from the winning Audi and Nicolas Minassian in the #07 Peugeot each led 42 laps.  Franck Montagny from the runnerup Peugeot led 33 laps.  Christian Klien (19 laps led) and Pedro Lamy (7) from the #07 Peugeot ranked next.  Lucas Luhr led four laps in the #1 Audi, Mike Rockenfeller three.  Rinaldo Capello led two laps in the winning Audi.

McNish in the #2 Audi led the first 26 laps, with Montagny in the #08 Peugeot leading lap 27 and #07 Peugeot driver Pedro Lamy leading the next seven (28-34).  McNish then retook the lead for fifteen laps (35-49).  Minassian then put the #07 Peugeot out front for twenty-seven laps (50-76) and Sarrazin led lap 77 in the #08 Peugeot.  Capello led laps 78-79 in the winning Audi.  The #07 Peugeot then led the next 34 laps driven by Minassian (80-94) and Klien (95-113).  Bourdais then put the #08 Peugeot in front for 42 laps (114-155) as the two Peugeots kept the Audis from the lead for a 76-lap stretch.  McNish then put the winning Audi in front for eight laps (156-163) before the #08 Peugeot retook the lead for fifty-three laps (Montagny 184-206, Sarrazin 207-235).  Lucas Luhr then led in the #1 Audi for two laps (236-237) with Sarrazin putting the #08 Peugeot out front for twenty-seven laps (238-264) before Luhr again led another two laps (265-266).  Kristensen put the winning Audi in the lead for twenty-six laps (267-292) and then the #1 Audi led another two laps (Mike Rockenfeller 293-294).  Bourdais put the #08 Peugeot out front for eleven laps (295-305) but Kristensen then led in the winning Audi for sixteen laps (306-321).  Rockenfeller gave the #1 Audi its final lead for one lap (322).  Bourdais then led ten laps (323-332) in the #08 Peugeot.  McNish then put the winning Audi out front for seventeen laps (333-349).  Montagny gave the #08 Peugeot its final lead for nine laps (350-358) before McNish led the final twenty-five laps in the winning Audi, 359-383!

Fernandez Racing scored its first ALMS win by taking the P2 victory in the 2009 Sebring 12 Hours.  Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez drove their Acura ARX/01B-Acura to fourth overall after starting seventh overall and first in P2.  Fernandez was the P2 Fast Qualifier and also set P2 Fast Lap.  The FQ honor was the first of Adrian’s ALMS career, the Fast Lap his second consecutive, following P2 Fast Lap in the 2008 Laguna Seca season finale!  The victories were the career-first in ALMS competition for both Diaz and Fernandez!

The Fernandez duo completed 360 laps (23 laps down on the overall winners) and finished 211 laps ahead of the P2 runnerup finisher, the #20 Dyson Racing Lola B09/86-Mazda of Ben Devlin, Marino Franchitti, and Butch Leitzinger.  The #20 Dyson entry started tenth overall and third in P2 but retired with mechanical problems, placing second in P2 but twenty-first overall.  The other Dyson entry retired after 127 laps with mechanical problems.

The Chevrolet Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6Rs finished 1-2 in GT1 in the 2009 Sebring 12 Hours.  Antonio Garcia scored the first victory of ALMS career by winning GT1 teamed with Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell in the #3.  The trio started twelfth overall and second in GT1 and finished sixth overall with 349 laps completed, only thirty-four laps behind the overall winners.

Olivier Beretta, Marcel Fassler, and Oliver Gavin teamed in the other Corvette to finish seventh overall and second in GT1, one lap behind their teammates.  The #4 Corvette started eleventh overall and first in GT1 as Gavin was GT1 Fast Qualifier and also set GT1 Fast Lap!

The Risi Ferrari F430 GT of Pierre Kaffer, Jaime Melo, and Mika Salo won GT2 in the 2009 Sebring 12 Hours.  The trio started thirteenth and last in GT2 and twenty-sixth and last overall but finished eighth overall with 332 laps completed, only 51 laps behind the overall winners.  The Risi drivers finished two laps ahead of an ALMS-debut team, Pecom Racing, as its drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Luis Companc, and Mathias Russo finished second in GT2 and ninth overall after starting fifteenth overall and third in GT2.  The race was the ALMS debut for drivers Companc and Russo!

Third in GT2 for the second consecutive ALMS and matching the team’s best finish of 2008 was the PTG Panoz Esperante Ford driven by Dominik Farnbacher and Ian James.  They finished tenth overall, one lap behind the runnerup GT2 finishers, after starting seventeenth overall and fifth in class.

Fourth in GT2 and eleventh overall, the best-finishing Porsche in the 2009 Sebring 12 Hours was the #45 Flying Lizard 911 GT3 RSR of Jorg Bergmeister, Marc Lieb, and Patrick Long.  This trio started fourteenth overall and second in GT2 and completed 326 laps, six laps behind the GT2 winners.  Lieb set GT2 Fast Lap, the first Fast Lap of his ALMS career!

Dirk Werner won the GT2 pole (starting thirteenth overall) in a Farnbacher Loles

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR but the car, also driven by Wolf Henzler and Richard Lietz, finished only sixteenth overall and eighth in GT2 with 274 laps completed.

ST. PETERSBURG

The Highcroft Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham and Scott Sharp scored a first-ever P1 victory for both Acura and Highcroft by winning the 2009 St. Petersburg ALMS race.  The Highcroft duo started second overall and in P1 and won by 32.150 seconds over the overall runnerup and P2 winner, the Fernandez Racing Acura ARX/01B-Acura, as Acura not only finished 1-2 overall but swept the prototype classes!

The Highcroft Acura won P1 by five laps over the P1 runnerup, the Intersport Lola B06/10-AER of Chapman Ducote, Clint Field, and Jon Field.  The Intersport Lola finished sixth overall after starting sixth overall and third in P1, completing 88 of the 93 laps.

The DeFerran Acura ARX/02A-Acura of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud started on the overall pole as Pagenaud earned his career-first Fast Qualifier honor; De Ferran posted the overall Fast Lap, his first such ALMS honor!

The race was led by three Acura racecars (two P1 ARX/02A entries and the Fernandez P2 ARX/01B) representing three Entrants (DeFerran, Highcroft, and Fernandez), and two classes (P1 and P2).  Four drivers led the race and produced three lead changes!

De Ferran led the first forty-one (41) laps, with Sharp leading the next six (42-47).  Adrian Fernandez then put his P2 Acura out front for ten laps (48-57) before Brabham led the final thirty-six (36) laps of the race, laps 58-93!

Fernandez Racing scored its second consecutive ALMS win by taking the P2 victory in the 2009 St. Petersburg race.  Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez drove their Acura ARX/01B-Acura to second overall, only 32.150 seconds behind the winning Highcroft P1 Acura, and Fernandez led overall for ten laps (48-57).  The Fernandez entry started third overall and first in P2 as Luis Diaz achieved his first ALMS FQ honor!

The Fernandez duo finished one lap ahead of the P2 runnerup finisher, the #16 Dyson Racing Lola B09/86-Mazda of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith, third-place finishers overall after starting fourth overall and second in P2.  The #20 Dyson entry of Marino Franchitti and Butch Leitzinger finished third in P2 and fourth overall, a further lap down and only two laps behind the overall winner, after starting fifth overall and third in P2.

Franchitti set P2 Fast Lap, the first such honor of his ALMS career!  The P2 Fast Lap was the first P2 Fast Lap for a Lola chassis since the 2005 Petit LeMans (Jon Field, Intersport) and the first-ever P2 Fast Lap for a Mazda-powered entry!

Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long returned Flying Lizard and Porsche to the GT2 win column with their victory in the 2009 St. Petersburg race driving a 911 GT3 RSR!  The duo finished fifth overall, only five laps down on the overall winners, after starting eleventh overall and fifth in GT2.  They won GT2 by two laps over the BMW Rahal Letterman BMW E92 M3 of Tom Milner and Dirk Muller, seventh-place overall finishers after starting tenth overall and fourth in GT2.

Third in GT2 for the third consecutive ALMS race was the PTG Panoz Esperante Ford driven by Dominik Farnbacher and Ian James.  They finished eighth overall, on the same lap as the runnerup GT2 finishers, after starting twelfth overall and sixth in class.

Fourth in GT2 and ninth overall was the LG Racing Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 of Lou Gigliotti and Eric Curran.  They completed 85 laps, three down on the GT2 winners, afters starting fourteenth overall and eighth in GT2.  The result marked not only the car’s best ALMS finish but also career-best finishes for Gigliotti and Curran.

Jaime Melo won the GT2 pole in the Risi Ferrari 430 GT but did not compete in the race as the car retired after only 27 laps with mechanical problems with Pierre Kaffer at the wheel.

Dirk Werner set GT2 Fast Lap (the first Fast Lap of his ALMS career) in the Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

LONG BEACH

The DeFerran Racing Acura ARX/02A-Acura of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud scored a first-ever ALMS and P1 victory for DeFerran Racing and the second consecutive P1 and overall win by an Acura by winning the 2009 Long Beach ALMS race.  The DeFerran duo started second overall and in P1 and won under the yellow flag over the runnerup Highcroft Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham and Scott Sharp.  Brabham won the overall and P1 pole, the first in P1 for Highcroft.  Brabham also set P1 and overall Fast Lap.

Third in P1 was the Intersport Lola B06/10-AER of Chapman Ducote, Clint Field, and Jon Field.  The Intersport Lola finished seventh overall after starting sixth overall and third in P1, completing 71 of the 76 laps.

The race was led by the two Acura P1 racecars representing two Entrants (DeFerran and Highcroft).  Three drivers led the race and produced three lead changes.

Sharp led the first lap before Pagenaud took over in the DeFerran Acura for the next nineteen laps through lap twenty.  Sharp then put the Highcroft Acura into the lead again for twenty-five laps (21 through 45) before the DeFerran entry took over the lead for the remainder of the 76-lap race, with Pagenaud leading three laps (46-48) and de Ferran the final twenty-eight (49-76).

Fernandez Racing scored its third consecutive ALMS win by taking the P2 victory in the 2009 Long Beach race.  Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez drove their Acura ARX/01B-Acura to third overall, one lap behind the winning P1 Acuras.  The car started third overall and first in P2 as Fernandez was P2 Fast Qualifier; he also set P2 Fast Lap in the race.

Fourth overall, and on the same lap, was the Chris Dyson/Guy Smith #16 Dyson Racing Lola B09/86-Mazda of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith after starting fourth overall and second in P2.  The #20 Dyson entry of Marino Franchitti and Butch Leitzinger finished third in P2 and fifth overall, a further lap down after starting fifth overall and third in P2.

Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long scored  the second consecutive 2009 GT2 win for Flying Lizard and Porsche with their victory in the 2009 Long Beach race driving a 911 GT3 RSR!  The duo finished eighth overall, only five laps down on the overall winners, after starting eleventh overall and second in GT2.  Second in GT2 and ninth overall, on the same lap, was the Risi Ferrari F430 GT of Pierre Kaffer and Jaime Melo.  Melo was GT2 Fast Qualifier but a penalty started the Ferrari last overall and twelfth in GT2.  Melo also set GT2 Fast Lap!

Third in GT2, one lap behind the GT2 1-2 finishers and tenth overall, was the BMW Rahal Letterman BMW E92 M3 of Tom Milner and Dirk Muller, putting three marques on the GT2 podium!

Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin drove their Chevrolet Corvette C6R to the GT1 victory in the 2009 Long Beach race!  Their victory gave them two Long Beach GT1 wins, as they also won GT1 in 2007!  Beretta was the GT1 Fast Qualifier and also set GT1 Fast Lap.  The duo started eighth overall and finished sixth overall, only three laps behind the overall winners.

The second Corvette of Johnny O’Connell retired after 42 laps with mechanical problems.

MILLER PARK

The DeFerran Racing Acura ARX/02A-Acura of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud scored a second second consecutive P1 and overall win and the third consecutive by an Acura by winning the 2009 Miller Park ALMS race.  The DeFerran duo started on the overall pole won by Simon Pagenaud and won by 73.693 seconds over the runnerup Highcroft Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham and Scott Sharp.  Pagenaud also set Fast Lap.

Third in P1 was the Intersport Lola B06/10-AER of Chapman Ducote, Clint Field, and Jon Field.  The Intersport Lola finished fifth overall after starting seventh overall and fourth in P1, completing 93 of the 103 laps.

The race was led by the two Acura P1 racecars representing two Entrants (DeFerran and Highcroft).  Three drivers led the race and produced two lead changes.  DeFerran led the first thirty-six laps, turning the car over to Pagenaud who led the next thirty-one as the DeFerran Acura led the first sixty-seven laps!  David Brabham then put the Highcroft Acura in the lead for two laps, 68 and 69, before Pagenaud took over the lead for the remainder of the 103-lap race.  All told, the DeFerran Acura led 101 laps, the Highcroft Acura two.  Pagenaud led 65 laps, DeFerran 36, and Brabham two.

Fernandez Racing scored its fourth consecutive ALMS win by taking the P2 victory in the 2009 Miller Park race.  Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez drove their Acura ARX/01B-Acura to third overall, three laps behind the 1-2 overall P1 Acuras.  The Fernandez Acura started third overall and first in P2 as Diaz was P2 Fast Qualifier; Fernandez set P2 Fast Lap in the race.  The duo won P2 by only 0.585 second over the Marino Franchitti/Butch Leitzinger #20 Dyson Racing Lola B09/86-Mazda in the closest 2009 P2 finish yet!

Sixth overall but eight laps behind the P2 1-2 finishers was the Chris Dyson/Guy Smith #16 Dyson Racing Lola B09/86-Mazda.

Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long scored their third consecutive 2009 GT2 win for Flying Lizard and Porsche with their victory in the 2009 Miller Park race driving a 911 GT3 RSR!  The duo finished seventh overall, thirteen laps down on the overall winners, after starting ninth overall and first in GT2 as Bergmeister was GT2 Fast Qualifier!  Long set GT2 Fast Lap in the race.  The Flying Lizard drivers won GT2 by 74.559 seconds over the runnerup Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Wolf Henzler and Marc Lieb.

Third in GT2 and ninth overall, one lap down on the GT2 1-2 finishers, was the Risi Ferrari F430 GT of Pierre Kaffer and Jaime Melo.

The Challenge class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries made its debut in the 2009 Miller Park race with five cars starting the race.  The victorious duo was a familiar one: the winners of the GTS class in the series’ inaugural race, the 1999 Sebring 12 Hours, Martin and Melanie Snow!  The husband-and-wife team started second in class (twentieth overall) and finished seventeenth overall.  Their Snow Racing Porsche was the only finisher in the Challenge class as the runnerup and third-place finishers on the track were excluded for technical reasons.

Placing second but retiring after fifty-seven laps with mechanical problems was the Gruppe Orange entry of Carl Skerlong and Nick Parker.  Skerlong was Challenge class Fast Qualifier and also set the class Fast Lap in the race.

LIME ROCK

The DeFerran Racing Acura ARX/02A-Acura of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud scored a third consecutive P1 and overall win and the fourth consecutive by an Acura in winning the 2009 Lime Rock ALMS race.  The DeFerran duo started on the overall pole won by Simon Pagenaud and won by 43.776 seconds over the runnerup Highcroft Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham and Scott Sharp.  Pagenaud also set Fast Lap.

Third in P1 and overall was the Corsa Ginetta 09HS-Zytek of Stefan Johansson and Johnny Mowlem in the Corsa effort’s best result yet!

The race was led by the two Acura P1 racecars representing two Entrants (DeFerran and Highcroft).  Three drivers led the race and produced two lead changes.  DeFerran led the first seventy-one laps, turning the car over to Pagenaud who led the next seventy as the DeFerran Acura led the first 141 laps!  David Brabham then put the Highcroft Acura in the lead twenty-six laps (142 through 167) before Pagenaud took over the lead for the remainder of the 184-lap race.  All told, the DeFerran Acura led 158 laps, the Highcroft Acura twenty-six.  Pagenaud led 87 laps, DeFerran 71, and Brabham twenty-six.

Dyson Racing ended a four-race Fernandez Racing P2 win streak as Dyson scored the team’s first 2009 win and the first ALMS win ever for its new Lola B09/86-Mazda by winning P2 at Lime Rock 2009!

Marino Franchitti and Butch Leitzinger drove their Dyson Lola-Mazda to a six-lap victory in P2 over the Fernandez Racing Acura ARX/01B-Acura of Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez.  Franchitti and Leitzinger finished fourth overall after starting fourth overall and second in P2; they were twelve laps down on the overall winners.  Franchitti also set the race’s P2 Fastest Lap!  The Fernandez Acura started third overall and first in P2 as Fernandez was P2 Fast Qualifier.

Franchitti scored his career-first ALMS victory in his 45th start!  Leitzinger ended a 39-race winless streak for himself and Dyson Racing; they last won September 4, 2005 at Mosport (overall and P1 in a Lola EX257-MG).  The win for Lola in P2 was its first since July 22, 2006 at Portland when Clint Field and Liz Halliday won for Intersport!  The Mazda victory ended a 31-race streak of P2 wins by either Acura or Porsche power!

The victory was Dyson Racing’s tenth in ALMS competition and seventh in the P2 class, third-ranking all-time behind the 24 victories by Penske and twenty by Intersport.

Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long scored their fourth consecutive 2009 GT2 win for Flying Lizard and Porsche with their victory in the 2009 Lime Rock race driving a 911 GT3 RSR!  The duo finished fifth overall, seventeen laps down on the overall winners, after starting ninth overall and second in GT2; Bergmeister set GT2 Fast Lap in the race.  The Flying Lizard drivers won GT2 by one lap over the Risi Ferrari F430 GT of Pierre Kaffer and Jaime Melo as the Risi Ferrari finished eighth overall after starting eighth overall and first in GT2 on Melo’s Fast Qualifier honors.

Third in GT2, on the same lap as the Risi Ferrari and in ninth place overall, was the Bill Auberlen/Joey Hand BMW Rahal Letterman BMW E92 M3 in that driver pairing’s best result of 2009!

The 2009 Lime Rock Challenge class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries was won by the Gruppe Orange racer of Bob Faieta and Wesley Hoaglund.  They started eighteenth overall from the Challenge class pole won by Faieta and finished seventeenth overall, thirty-five laps down on the overall winners but three laps ahead of the Challenge class runnerup finisher from Orbit Racing, Ed Brown and Bill Sweedler.  The Orbit entry started third in class.  Gruppe Orange took third in class with Donald Pickering and Nick Parker.  Guy Cosmo set the Challenge class Fast Lap in a second Orbit Racing entry.

MID-OHIO

The DeFerran Racing Acura ARX/02A-Acura of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud scored a fourth consecutive P1 and overall win and the fifth consecutive by an Acura in winning the 2009 Mid-Ohio ALMS race.  The DeFerran duo started on the overall pole won by Gil de Ferran and won by 8.358 seconds over the runnerup Highcroft Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham and Scott Sharp.  Pagenaud set Fast Lap, his third consecutive Fast Lap of 2009!

Third in P1 and fifth overall was the Intersport Lola B06/10 AER of Clint and Jon Field, three laps down on the 1-2 overall Acuras; fourth in P1 and sixth overall, another lap down, was the Corsa Ginetta 09HS-Zytek of Stefan Johansson and Johnny Mowlem.

The DeFerran Acura led the entire 118-lap race; Pagenaud led the first fifty-two laps and de Ferran led the final 66 laps.

The DeFerran duo tied the record for consecutive overall ALMS wins by a driver of 4 first set by Rinaldo Capello in 2000-2001 and later equalled by J.J. Lehto/Marco Werner (2004) and Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas (2007)!

For the fifth time in six 2009 ALMS races, Fernandez Racing and its Acura ARX/01B-Acura driven by Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez won P2, this time scoring the class win at Mid-Ohio!  The duo finished third overall, only two laps down on the 1-2 overall Acura P1 entries!  The Fernandez Acura started third overall on the P2 pole won by Diaz; Fernandez set P2 Fast Lap en route to the win.

The Fernandez Acura won P2 by only 10.482 seconds over the Pickett Racing Porsche RS Spyder of Greg Pickett and Klaus Graf.  The Pickett Porsche’s debut saw the car start sixth overall and fourth in class and finish fourth overall!

Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long scored their fifth consecutive 2009 GT2 win for Flying Lizard and Porsche with their victory in the 2009 Mid-Ohio race driving a 911 GT3 RSR!  The duo finished seventh overall, ten laps down on the overall winners, after starting ninth overall and first in GT2 from the class pole won by Bergmeister.  The Flying Lizard drivers won GT2 by only 21.001 seconds over the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT of Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell in Corvette Racing’s GT2 class debut!

Five more GT2 cars finished eleven laps down overall and only one lap down to the 1-2 GT2 finishers!  Tom Milner and Dirk Muller finished third in GT2 in a BMW Rahal Letterman BMW E92 M3 over the other Corvette of Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin.  The Risi Ferrari F430 GT of Pierre Kaffer/Jaime Melo finished fifth in class as four marques and four entrants finished in the GT2 Top Five!  Joey Hand set GT2 Fast Lap, the first Fast Lap honor of his ALMS career, in the other BMW Rahal Letterman BMW E92 M3!

The 2009 Mid-Ohio Challenge class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries was won by the Snow Racing entry of Martin and Melanie Snow.  The duo also won the first Challenge class race, at Miller Park, and thus became the first two-time winners in Challenge class history!

The Snows started fourth in class and twentieth overall but finished eighteenth overall, two laps ahead of the Orbit Racing entry driven by John Baker and Guy Cosmo.  Cosmo put the Orbit entry on the class pole (seventeenth overall) and also set the Challenge class Fast Lap for the second consecutive race!  Third in class and twentieth overall, also two laps behind the Snow Porsche, was the Gruppe Orange entry of Lime Rock class winners Bob Faieta/Wesley Hoaglund.

ROAD AMERICA

The Highcroft Racing Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham and Scott Sharp scored their second 2009 P1 and overall win and the sixth consecutive by an Acura in winning the 2009 Road America ALMS race.  The Highcroft duo started second overall and won by only 0.461 second over the runnerup DeFerran Acura ARX/02A-Acura of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud.  DeFerran won the overall pole and also set overall Fast Lap in the race!

Third in P1 and sixth overall was the Intersport Lola B06/10 AER of Clint and Jon Field; the duo finished on the lead lap!

The other two P1 entries, the fourth in P1 Corsa Ginetta Zytek hybrid of Stefan Johansson and Johnny Mowlem, and the fifth in P1 Autocon Lola B06/10-AER of Chris McMurry and Bryan Willman, finished seventh and eighth overall, only one lap down!

The race was led by four drivers piloting three racecars from three entrants representing two classes; the lead changed five times.

Pagenaud put the #66 DeFerran Acura in the lead for the first eight laps.  Scott Sharp then led the next nineteen laps (through lap 27) in the #9 Highcroft Acura.  Pagenaud retook the lead for three laps (28-30) before David Brabham put the Highcroft Acura back in the lead for twenty-five laps (31-55).  Eventual P2 winner Adrian Fernandez put the Fernandez Acura ARX/01B-Acura in the overall lead for three laps (56-58) before Brabham took over the lead for the remainder (59-71) of the 71-lap race.

All told, the Highcroft Acura led 57 laps, the DeFerran Acura eleven, and the Fernandez P2 Acura three.  Brabham led thirty-eight laps, Sharp nineteen, Pagenaud eleven, and Fernandez three.

For the sixth time in seven 2009 ALMS races, Fernandez Racing and its Acura ARX/01B-Acura driven by Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez won P2, this time scoring the class win at Road America!  The duo finished third overall, on the overall lead lap, and Fernandez led overall for three laps (56-58)!  The Fernandez Acura started second in P2 and fourth overall.

The Fernandez Acura won P2 by only 6.742 seconds over the Dyson Racing Lola B09/86-Mazda of Marino Franchitti and Butch Leitzinger!  Franchitti gave the Dyson Lola-Mazda its first-ever P2 pole as the duo started third overall and finished fourth overall.  Fifth overall, also on the overall lead lap, after starting fourth in P2 and sixth overall was the Pickett Racing Porsche RS Spyder of Greg Pickett and Klaus Graf.  Graf set P2 Fast Lap as all three P2 marques shared 2009 Road America P2 honors!  The Fast Lap was the first such honor for Pickett Racing and for Graf!

The FQ honor for Dyson was the team’s first since July 22, 2006 at Portland when Butch Leitzinger was P1 Fast Qualifier!

BMW Rahal Letterman became the 40th entrant to score an ALMS victory by taking an historic 1-2 win in 2009 Road America GT2!  Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand drove their BMW E92 M3 to victory in GT2, finishing ninth overall, only two laps down on the overall winners, after starting ninth overall on the GT2 pole won by Joey Hand!  Hand’s pole was the first of his ALMS career and the first for the BMW Rahal Letterman team!  Hand’s win was also the first of his ALMS career!

The duo won GT2 by one lap over their teammates Tom Milner and Dirk Muller; Milner and Muller started and finished tenth overall and Muller set GT2 Fast Lap, his ALMS career GT/GT2 record 19th!

Third in GT2 and on the GT2 “podium” for the second consecutive race in its GT2 debut was the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R of Jan Magnussen/Johnny O’Connell.  Fourth and fifth in GT2, also on the same lap just one lap down to the GT2 winners, were the Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long and the Risi Ferrari F430 GT of Pierre Kaffer/Jaime Melo as four marques and four entrants finished in the 2009 Road America GT2 top five!

The 1-2 GT2 finish for BMW Rahal Letterman was the first GT2 1-2 Entrant finish of 2009 and made BMW Rahal Letterman the sixteenth entrant in ALMS history to achieve a 1-2 or better finish!

The BMW victory was the marque’s first in ALMS competition since a GT victory in the October 6, 2001 Road Atlanta Petit LeMans!  Bill Auberlen was part of that win as well along with Hans Stuck and Boris Said in a PTG BMW M3 GTR!

The BMW FQ honor was also the marque’s first since the 2001 Petit LeMans, achieved then by J.J. Lehto in GT!

The 2009 Road America Challenge class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries was won by the Snow Racing entry of Martin and Melanie Snow.  The duo also won the first Challenge class race, at Miller Park, and the third at Mid-Ohio, and thus became the first three-time winners in Challenge class history and the first to achieve a two-race win streak!

The Snows started second in class and twenty-first overall but finished seventeenth overall, one lap ahead of the Gruppe Orange entry driven by Nick Parker and Donald Pickering, nineteenth-place finishers overall.  Third in the class and twentieth overall was the other Gruppe Orange Porsche driven by Bob Faieta and Wesley Hoaglund.  Guy Cosmo put the Orbit entry on the class pole (twentieth overall) for the second consecutive race and also set the Challenge class Fast Lap for the third consecutive race but with codriver John Baker finished only fourth, two laps down on the class winners, and twenty-first overall.

MOSPORT

The Highcroft Racing Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham and Scott Sharp scored their second consecutive and third total 2009 P1 and overall win and the seventh consecutive by an Acura in winning the 2009 Mosport ALMS race.  The Highcroft duo started first overall from the pole won by Brabham and won by one lap over the runnerup DeFerran Acura ARX/02A-Acura of Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud.  The DeFerran entry started second and Pagenaud set Fast Lap in the race.

Third in P1 and fourth overall was the Intersport Lola B06/10 AER of Clint and Jon Field, six laps behind the overall winners.

The race was led by four drivers piloting three racecars from three entrants representing two classes; there were two lead changes.

DeFerran put the #66 DeFerran Acura in the lead for the first twenty-seven laps.  Marino Franchitti then led seven laps (28-34) in the #20 Dyson Racing P2 Lola B09/86-Mazda.  Scott Sharp then led the next thirteen laps (35-47) in the #9 Highcroft Acura  before Brabham took the wheel and led the final eighty-four laps of the 131-lap race.

All told, the Highcroft Acura led 97 laps, the DeFerran Acura twenty-seven, and the Dyson #20 P2 Lola-Mazda seven.  Brabham led eighty-four laps, Sharp thirteen, DeFerran twenty-seven, and Marino Franchitti seven.

For the seventh time in eight 2009 ALMS races, Fernandez Racing and its Acura ARX/01B-Acura driven by Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez won P2, this time scoring the class win at Mosport as the duo now has a three-race 2009 P2 win streak, just one short of an earlier four-race streak in 2009!  The duo finished third overall, four laps down on the overall winners.  The Fernandez Acura started third in P2 and sixth overall.

The Fernandez Acura won P2 by nine laps over the Dyson Racing Lola B09/86-Mazda of Marino Franchitti and Butch Leitzinger; the #20 Dyson entry retired after 118 laps with engine failure.   Franchitti put the Dyson Lola-Mazda on the P2 pole for the second consecutive race as the duo started third overall and finished fifth overall; he also set the P2 Fast Lap of the race.

Chevrolet Corvette Racing scored its historic first ALMS GT2 victory in only its third race in the class as Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell won GT2 in the 2009 Mosport ALMS race by only 0.331 second over the runnerup Risi Ferrari F430 GT of Pierre Kaffer and Jaime Melo!  The Corvette pairing started twelfth overall and fourth in class but finished sixth overall with 117 laps completed, fourteen laps down on the overall winners.  Seventh overall after starting ninth in class (seventeenth overall), the Risi Ferrari had led the class during the race and Kaffer set GT2 Fast Lap, the first Fast Lap honor of his ALMS career!  Third in GT2 and eighth overall, a lap behind the 1-2 GT2 finishers after starting third in GT2 and eleventh overall was the other Chevrolet Corvette C6.R of Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin as the #4 Corvette scored its first 2009 GT2 “podium” finish!

The first Porsche to finish was the Farnbacher Loles 911 GT3 RSR of Wolf Henzler/Dirk Werner, ninth overall after starting nineteenth overall and eleventh in GT2; this duo finished on the same lap as the third-placed Corvette.  Posting its worst result of 2009, the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Long finished fifth in GT2 and tenth overall after starting thirteenth overall and fifth in GT2.

ROAD ATLANTA PETIT LeMANS

The Peugeot 908 HDI FAP P1 racers of Franck Montagny/Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy/Nicolas Minassian finished 1-2 overall and in P1 in the rain-shortened 2009 Road Atlanta Petit LeMans classic.  The winning duo finished 2.011 seconds ahead of their teammates in a Peugeot 1-2 finish!  The winning Peugeot started second overall and in P1 and the runnerup Peugeot started from the overall pole won by Minassian.

Third overall and in P1, finishing on the overall lead lap, was the Rinaldo Capello/Allan McNish Audisport Joest Audi R15 TDI.  Fourth overall, one lap down, was the Audi NA Audi R15 TDI of Lucas Luhr/Marco Werner.  The Audis started third and fourth overall, respectively.

Fifth overall and fifth in P1, three laps down, was the ORECA team’s ORECA 01-AIM driven by Romain Dumas and first-time ALMS starters Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Panis.  The ORECA started sixth overall and in P1.

Sixth overall after being rebuilt from a practice crash was the Highcroft Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham, Dario Franchitti, and Scott Sharp.  The trio started twenty-sixth overall and tenth in P1; they finished only four laps down to the overall winners.

The race was led by five drivers piloting three racecars from three entrants from the P1 class; there were five lead changes.

McNish put the #2 Audi out front for the first thirty-nine laps.  Marco Werner then took the lead in the #1 Audi for four laps (40-43) before McNish resumed the lead from laps 44 through 70.  McNish’s codriver Rinaldo Capello then led laps 71 through 151!  Stephane Sarrazin put the winning Peugeot #08 in the lead on lap 152 but McNish retook the lead on lap 153 and led through lap 168.  Sarrazin then led laps 169-178 and his codriver Franck Montagny led the final six laps of the 184-lap rain-shortened event.

All told, the #2 Audi Joest Audi led 163 laps, the #08 Peugeot led seventeen laps, and the #1 Audi NA Audi led four laps.  McNish led 82 laps, Capello 81, Sarrazin eleven, Montagny six, and Werner four.

The #20 Dyson Racing Lola B09/86-Mazda of Ben Devlin, Marino Franchitti and Butch Leitzinger scored Dyson’s second P2 win of 2009 by taking the P2 triumph in the 2009 Road Atlanta Petit LeMans.  Franchitti put the Dyson Lola-Mazda on the P2 pole for the third consecutive 2009 race as the trio started eighth overall and finished thirteenth overall, winning P2 by twenty-nine laps over the runnerup Luis Diaz/Adrian Fernandez Fernandez Racing Acura ARX01B.  The Acura started eleventh overall and third in P2 and finished twenty-first overall.

Third In P2 was the Pickett Racing Porsche RS Spyder of Klaus Graf and Sascha Maassen.  The Porsche started tenth overall and second in P2 and finished twenty-second overall, three laps behind the P2 runnerup Acura.  Graf set P2 Fast Lap in the race!

The Risi Racing Ferrari F430 GT took its second GT2 victory of 2009 with the GT2 win in the 2009 Road Atlanta Petit LeMans classic.  The Risi Ferrari started tenth in class and twenty-second overall and finished eighth overall, fourteen laps down on the overall winners and one lap ahead of the GT2 runnerup BMW Rahal Letterman BMW E92 M3 of Tom Milner, Dirk Muller, and Jorg Muller.  The BMW started sixteenth overall and fourth in class and finished ninth overall; Dirk Muller set GT2 Fast Lap in the race!  Third in GT2, also one lap down on the class winners, was the Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Wolf Henzler and Dirk Werner.  The duo finished tenth overall after starting twenty-first overall and ninth in class.

GT2 saw four marques finish in the top four as the #4 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R of Olivier Beretta, Marcel Fassler, and Oliver Gavin finished fourth in GT2, also a lap behind the class winners, and eleventh overall after starting third in GT2 and fifteenth overall.

The 2009 GT2 championship-leading Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jorg Bergmeister, Marc Lieb, and Patrick Long finished fifth in GT2, also a lap behind the class winners, and twelfth overall after starting eighteenth overall and sixth in GT2.

GT2 wins from lowly class starting positions are nothing new to Risi Racing: the team won GT2 in the 2009 Sebring 12 Hours from thirteenth in class and won GT2 in the 2007 Sebring 12 Hours from seventeenth in class!

LAGUNA SECA

De Ferran Racing’s Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud won the 2009 ALMS season finale at Laguna Seca in their De Ferran Acura ARX/02A-Acura, scoring their P1 class-leading fifth victory in the ten-race 2009 season!  The duo won by only 0.662 second over the runnerup overall finishers Luis Diaz and Adrian Fernandez in the Fernandez Racing P2 Acura ARX/01B-Acura!  The result was the closest a P2 entry came to overall victory in 2009!  The De Ferran entry started from the overall pole won by de Ferran; Pagenaud set overall Fast Lap.  The Fernandez Acura started third overall.

Third overall and second in P1, four laps down, was the Highcroft Acura ARX/02A-Acura of David Brabham and Scott Sharp.  The Highcroft Acura started second overall.  Brabham and Sharp clinched the 2009 P1 title, the first ALMS driver title for each driver!

Third in P1 and fourth overall was the Autocon Lola B06/10-AER of Tony Burgess, Chris McMurry, and Bryan Willman.  The trio started ninth overall and sixth in P1 and finished nine laps down on the overall winners.  One lap behind the Autocon Lola in fifth overall and fourth in P1 was the Corsa Ginetta-Zytek of Stefan Johansson and Johnny Mowlem.

The race was led by three drivers piloting two racecars from two entrants representing the two prototype classes; there were four lead changes.

Simon Pagenaud led the first seventy-three laps in the #66 De Ferran Acura; Gil de Ferran took over and led the next forty-seven in the #66 as the car led the first 120 laps!  Adrian Fernandez then put the #15 Fernandez P2 Acura in the lead for two laps (121-122) before de Ferran resumed the lead for the next twenty-four laps (123-146).  Fernandez again grabbed the lead for one lap (lap 147) before de Ferran led the final twenty-one laps of the 168-lap race.

All told, the #66 De Ferran Acura led 165 laps; the #15 Fernandez Acura led three laps.  Gil de Ferran led 92 laps, Simon Pagenaud 73, and Adrian Fernandez 3.

The Luis Diaz/Adrian Fernandez Fernandez Racing Acura ARX01B scored its eighth P2 victory of 2009 by winning the Laguna Seca finale!  The eight-victory 2009 season tied the P2/P675 season win record!  The Acura started third overall and first in P2 from the P2 pole won by Diaz.  Diaz also set P2 Fast Lap (the first Fast Lap honor of his ALMS career) and the duo finished second overall by only 0.662 second, the closest a P2 entry came to an overall win in 2009!

Second In P2 was the Pickett Racing Porsche RS Spyder of Klaus Graf and Sascha Maassen.  The Porsche started seventh overall and third in P2 and placed twenty-third overall, completing only 124 laps after retiring with mechanical problems.  The #20 Dyson Lola B09/86-Mazda of Butch Leitzinger started fourth overall and second in P2 but retired after only 31 laps with mechanical problems.

The Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long won GT2 in the 2009 Laguna Seca finale, scoring the team’s 2009 GT2-leading sixth victory and clinching the 2009 GT2 title for Bergmeister and Long!

The Flying Lizard Porsche started fourteenth overall and fifth in GT2; the duo finished sixth overall, thirteen laps down on the overall winners but only 1.037 seconds ahead of the GT2 runnerup finishers, Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell in a Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R!  The Corvette started tenth overall from the GT2 pole won by Magnussen; Jan also set GT2 Fast Lap!

Third in GT2 and eighth overall, one lap behind the GT2 1-2 finishers, was the Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Pierre Ehret and Wolf Henzler.  Fourth in GT2 and ninth overall, also one lap down on the GT2 winners, was the PTG Panoz Esperante GTLM of Dominik Farnbacher and Ian James as four entrants and three marques finished in the GT2 top four!

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