Muscle Milk, Extreme Speed Big Winners in Canada
Conquest, RSR and TRG take class victories
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 22, 2012) - Muscle Milk Pickett Racing won for the third straight year at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a victory Sunday in the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport in the No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a by more than 10 seconds over Dyson Racing's Chris Dyson and Guy Smith in their No. 16 Lola-Mazda coupe.
At race's end, the P2 and GT battles stole the show. Conquest Endurance's Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier-Hansson won their first race in the No. 37 Morgan-Nissan with Plowman's late-race drive to hold off Level 5 Motorsports' Christophe Bouchut.
In GT, Extreme Speed Motorsports took its first ALMS victory when the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was excluded in post-race technical inspections. It moved Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and the No. 01 Ferrari F458 Italia into first in class.
"Although I feel for Pat and Jörg, I couldn't be happier for Scott, (team owner) Ed (Brown), ESM and Patrón," said van Overbeek, hero of the race. "After the podium the race just didn't feel over; and as it turned out it wasn't. Winning at Mosport caps a great weekend and it was a fine way to celebrate my 100th start in this dynamic and competitive series. I hope it's a sign of things to come."
It was a twist to what was already a nail-biting finish. A late caution with 20 minutes remaining bunched up the top three GT cars... which didn't really need much bunching up anyway. It put Bergmeister, Corvette Racing's Jan Magnussen and van Overbeek nose-to-tail with 11 minutes remaining.