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(August 22, 2005) – The biggest track on the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) circuit provided the setting for three of the tightest battles of the season as Michelin fitted teams battled each other for victories here at the rolling, four-mile-long Road America circuit...

MICHELIN ALMS WIN #150:

Taking the overall victory and the 150th class win for Michelin in ALMS competition was the #2 Champion Audi R8 driven Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro.

The duo overcame a close encounter with their teammates at the start, traffic, and a pair of fleet Dyson Lolas to post the 44th ALMS win and 60th in top international competition for the now-legendary Audi R8 prototype.

Taking second, just three seconds adrift at the finish after leading the middle stint of the race, was the #20 Dyson Lola of Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson.

The Dyson car was in turn chased across the finish line by the #1 Champion Audi of JJ Lehto and Marco Werner, completing a Michelin podium sweep.
 
#151—DOUBLE STINT STRATEGY HELPS GAVIN-BERETTA #4 CORVETTE TO GT1 VICTORY:

A race-long battle between Corvette teammates went literally to the wire as the #4 Compuware Corvette C6-R of Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin overcame an unscheduled pit stop by double-stinting their final set of Michelin tires to leapfrog past their #3 Corvette teammates Johnny O'Connell and Ron Fellows.

Beretta then withstood O'Connell's furious closing challenge to take the GT1 class victory by less than one second.

The Corvette pair set new class competition laps records repeatedly during the race, as the winning #4 Corvette lowered the lap record to 2:01.446, just a quarter second quicker than the #3 cars best time of 2:01.705 seconds.

The resurgent #61 Acemco Saeleen of Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem made an impressive early bid and ran with the Corvettes for the early rounds, before falling to gearbox problems.
 
FOLLOWED BY #152 PETERSON-WHITE LIGHTNING PORSCHE GT2 VICTORY:

Taking a calculated gamble on pit strategy to claim their first victory since the 2005 ALMS season opener at Sebring was the #31 Petersen/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, driven by American Patrick Long and ALMS veteran Jorg Bergmeister.

The #23 Alex Job Racing Porsche driven by Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas led much of the way, but caught a late race yellow at their final pit stop. The dramatic final restart saw a desperate Dumas chasing Long through traffic to close to within a car length at the flag.

Again, both repeatedly bettered the old class competition lap record, with the #31 of Bergmeister slicing the record to 2:09.614 seconds compared to 2:09.792 for the #23, a mark virtually matched by Dumas on his final lap.

Completing a Michelin sweep of the GT2 class podium was the #45 Flying Lizards Porsche of Jon Fogarty and Johannes van Overbeek.

COMMENTS:

"Road America is a great track, one of the classic venues in road racing, and we are very pleased that our Michelin teams were not only fast and consistent but able to double-stint and deliver great performances," said Amanda Head, Michelin motorsports marketing manager.

"We are very pleased to claim our 150th class win in ALMS and look forward to keeping our momentum going all the way to the checkered flag at Laguna Seca," said Head.

"We want to thank our partner teams, manufacturers, crews and our Michelin engineers, developers and support crew who all work incredibly hard to keep Michelin and our partner teams out front."

Michelin teams entered three ALMS classes at Road America (LMP1; GT1 and GT2) and won all three poles (#16 Dyson Racing; #4 Corvette and #23 Alex Job Racing Porsche), in addition to winning all three classes.

Michelin ran its 2005 ALMS race wins/entries record to 20 class wins in 21 class entries.

Next stop for ALMS will be Mosport Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, September 4, 2005.

ROAD AMERICA RESULTS

 
#
DRIVER
CAR
TIRES
TIME
CLASS
           
1
Pirro/Biela*
Audi R8
Michelin
72 laps
P1
           
2
Dyson/Wallace
Lola EX257
Michelin
+3.239sec
P1
           
3
Lehto/Werner
Audi R8
Michelin
+3.777sec
P1
           
6
Macaluso/McMurry/Bucknum*
Courage C-65/AER
Kuhmo
+ 3 laps
P2
           
4
Gavin/Beretta*
Corvette C6-R
Michelin
+ 1 lap
GT1
           
9
Long/Bergmeister*
Porsche 911GT3
Michelin
+ 3 laps
GT2
           
* class winners