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What’s Trending: Who to Watch at Upcoming ALMS Race

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This year’s American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón is the 14th race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. A number of drivers and teams seem to find Monterey as a home away from home given their amount of success at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit.

Who should you watch during the six-hour endurance race on May 12? Here are a couple of names…

•    Sascha Maassen: An ex-Porsche works driver, Maassen holds the ALMS record for most pole positions at Mazda Raceway with five including three straight from 2005 to 2007 driving a Porsche RS Spyder. He will go for six this year in Paul Miller Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

•    Lucas Luhr: The German can win for the sixth time at Mazda Raceway should he and Klaus Graf triumph for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing. Luhr, third all-time in ALMS victories with 36, won previously at the circuit in Porsche and Audi factory prototypes as well as in Porsche GT cars.

•    Flying Lizard Motorsports: Mazda Raceway is the ALMS venue closest to the team’s base in Sonoma, Calif., and it certainly has been good to the Lizards. The team is going for a fourth straight GT victory having won in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with drivers…

•    Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Long: Two of Porsche’s best won the last three years in GT by a combined 4.973 seconds. They also won at Mazda Raceway in 2005 in a Porsche for Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing.

•    Bill Auberlen: Call him Mr. BMW. The long-time BMW pilot has 27 professional starts at Mazda Raceway since his first in 1987. Auberlen raced at least once at Mazda Raceway per year in each season since 1991 with the exception of 2004. He has two podium finishes – third overall (1999 for BMW) and second in GT2 (2005 for Panoz).

The six-hour American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón is the third round of the 2012 ALMS championship. The race is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 12 from the 2.238-mile circuit in Monterey, Calif. ESPN2 will air the race at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 13. Live coverage is available starting at 4:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

The Series’ website offers additional content such as live in-car cameras, and timing and scoring for all users around the world. Viewers outside the U.S. can watch the Monterey round and all ALMS races live on ALMS.com

Courtesy of ALMS.com

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