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MICHELIN HEADS TO THE FASTEST ALMS TRACK ON THE CALENDAR

 (September 2, 2005) – Michelin's teams in the American Le Mans Series will battle on the championship's fastest race track when they head north of the border to Mosport International Raceway this weekend.

While other circuits like Road America may experience a high top speed, Mosport holds the honor of having the fastest average lap speed in the ALMS.

The former home of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix is the only track where qualifying speeds exceed 130 mph.

Mosport tops the speed charts at 131.283 mph, ahead of Road Atlanta (128.353 mph), Road America (128.915 mph) and Sebring (121.397 mph). Surprisingly, the "bullring" of the ALMS, Lime Rock Park is next at 118.581 mph ahead of Mid Ohio (113.956 mph), Portland (112.744 mph) and Infineon Raceway (111.497 mph). Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is actually the track with the slowest average speed of the year at 106.160 mph.

Each of these speeds was recorded by the pole position winner in the past twelve months of ALMS competition.

The sustained high speed around Mosport's lightning fast turns presents a unique challenge for Michelin.
 
DOMINANT PERFORMANCES: Michelin continues to dominate in all forms of motorsport throughout the world. It leads the 2005 Formula One, World Rally and MotoGP Championships across the globe.

In ALMS competition, it has already clinched the ALMS tire championships in P1 and GT1 and only requires a second place finish by one of its Porsche teams in GT2 to clinch its 15th ALMS tire championship.

Michelin is undefeated in the P1 and GT2 class—taking every championship since the introduction of tire championships in 2000.

Statistically, that domination of the ALMS in 2005 by Michelin has continued to grow. The Bibendum boys have earned 3,530 points out of the 9,985 tire manufacturer points award in the ALMS since 2000—35.35% of the total.

This year, Michelin has already earned 434 points (46.66%)—its most significant percentage haul ever. Michelin's 434 currently leads Pirelli on 137, Yokohama 118, Kumho 82, Goodyear 80, and Dunlop on 79.
 
SPICING UP THE GT1 BATTLE: While the driver's title fight will be fought between Corvette teammates Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell and Olivier Beretta/Oliver Gavin, the Michelin-equipped ACEMCO Saleen S7 squad has shown in recent races they have the potential to be the "fly in the ointment" in the championship battle.

The Saleen ran second early at Road America and briefly led at one stage before being delayed by a gear linkage problem and a lost wheel.

Terry Borcheller and teammate Johnny Mowlem eagerly await the upcoming battle at Mosport this weekend.

"The S7 really likes Mosport," exclaims Borcheller.

"The circuit has a lot of undulation and off-camber turns. The S7 is a good car in the transitions, from braking to turn-in. We have been improving steadily since Infineon and I hope that Jeff and the crew can keep the improvements coming. It is refreshing to be able to mix-it-up a little at the front of the GT1 field."

Michelin is currently in the middle of a 20-race winning streak in GT1—dating back to Road America in 2003 when David Brabham and Jan Magnussen won for Ferrari.

RACE WINS CONTINUE: Michelin passed the 150 class-victory mark at the last round of the championship at Road America.

Michelin's total now stands at 152 wins—61 in P1, 38 in GT1 and 53 in GT2. The Bibendum boys have earned more than three times the tally of their nearest rival.

Michelin's 152 victories lead Goodyear with 45, Yokohama with 11, Pirelli with 9, Avon with 8, Dunlop with 4 and Kumho with 3.