Muscle Milk Pickett Racing cruised to its second straight victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Friday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. But another thrilling GT battle stole the show as Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner also took their second consecutive class win.
A home race for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will see the team start on pole position. Klaus Graf was the fastest qualifier for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón on Friday with a lap of 1:13.573 (109.508 mph) in his Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype.
Less than a week after it hit the track for the first time, Dempsey Racing’s Lola-Judd prototype finished Thursday’s test for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón with the third-fastest time in P2. Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, fellow team co-owner Joe Foster and Jonny Cocker each got time in the two-hour test at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The trio’s best lap was a 1:19.698 (101.092 mph) effort in the lead-up to the third round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. That was good enough for fifth overall among the 35-car entry.
One round removed from its first victory of the season in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing set the fastest time Thursday in testing for the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón. Lucas Luhr posted a best lap of 1:16.88 (104.788 mph) in the Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype he shares with Klaus Graf for Saturday’s six-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The glitz and glamour of Hollywood is not on actor Patrick Dempsey’s mind when he is on the race track. His focus is completely on the task at hand – racing for the win – and with a new addition to his race team he is more determined than ever to capture the checkered flag.
Dempsey Racing took delivery of its new Judd-powered Lola B12/80 LMP2 coupe chassis just two weeks ago and with plenty of long hours and recent testing at Miller Motorsports Park, they are ready to compete at the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patron May 11-12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Speaking about Valentino Rossi’s seventh place at last weekend’s Grande Prémio de Portugal Circuito Estoril, he said: “I think the result yesterday is based mainly on the small steps taken between one practice session and the next, keeping the same basic bike set-up and just trying to solve the small problems that you have practice by practice. Of course the result is better than before, but it is not at the level we are expecting, so we know we have to close the gap.”
There are some interesting story lines developing for this year’s battle for drivers’, and manufacturers’ honors in the Pirelli World Challenge Series as it returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Cadillac Sports Car Grand Prix. A large, 43 car field is set to race May 11 as part of the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón race weekend.
Adrian Fernandez has just about done it all in racing: Motocross rider, Formula Ford, Indy Lights, Champ Cars, IndyCars, NASCAR, LMP2 and LMP1 driver; team owner in CART, IRL and ALMS. This year finds him in the midst of yet another chapter in his varied and successful career: driving Aston Martin’s Vantage GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship and selected races in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
Thirty-four of the world’s top sports cars take on the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit next week in the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón. This six-hour enduro in Monterey, Calif., offers a heartier points payout and, with the Le Mans break on the horizon, represents a pivotal moment in the 2012 season.