2009 Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg

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The 2009 Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg was the second round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida on April 4, 2009. The Acura ARX-02a earned its first overall victory under the Patrón Highcroft Racing team after early leader de Ferran Motorsports suffered mechanical issues. Acura also won the LMP2 category with Lowe's Fernández Racing, while GT2 was won by the Porsche of Flying Lizard Motorsports.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

In qualifying solely for the GT2 category, due to the lack of GT1 class competitors for this event, Jaime Melo in the Risi Competizione Ferrari led the pack before a red flag stopped the session due to an incident involving eventual fifth place qualifier Patrick Long in the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche. Farnbacher-Loles and the two BMWs completed the top of the GT2 grid.

In prototype qualifying the Acura of Simon Pagenaud dominated by earning de Ferran Motorsports a pole position by nearly a second over the other Acura of Patrón Highcroft Racing. Acura also led the LMP2 category as the Lowe's Fernández Racing car was piloted by Luis Díaz to third overall, beating the closest Dyson Lola-Mazda by three tenths of a second.

Qualifying result[edit]

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.[1]

Pos Class Team Qualifying Driver Lap Time
1 LMP1 #66 de Ferran Motorsports Simon Pagenaud 1:03.776
2 LMP1 #9 Patrón Highcroft Racing Scott Sharp 1:04.722
3 LMP2 #15 Lowe's Fernández Racing Luis Díaz 1:05.178
4 LMP2 #16 Dyson Racing Team Guy Smith 1:05.464
5 LMP2 #20 Dyson Racing Team Marino Franchitti 1:05.666
6 LMP1 #37 Intersport Racing Chapman Ducote 1:09.044
7 GT2 #61 Risi Competizione Jaime Melo 1:12.892
8 GT2 #87 Farnbacher-Loles Racing Wolf Henzler 1:13.173
9 GT2 #90 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Joey Hand 1:13.267
10 GT2 #92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Dirk Müller 1:13.458
11 GT2 #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Patrick Long 1:13.465
12 GT2 #21 Panoz Team PTG Dominik Farnbacher 1:14.109
13 GT2 #40 Robertson Racing David Murry 1:14.281
14 GT2 #28 LG Motorsports Eric Curran 1:14.633
15 GT2 #11 Primetime Race Group Joel Feinberg 1:15.938
16 GT2 #22 Panoz Team PTG Tom Sutherland 1:15.996
17 GT2 #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Seth Neiman 1:18.592

Race[edit]

Race result[edit]

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).[2]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tire Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 9 United States Patrón Highcroft Racing Australia David Brabham
United States Scott Sharp
Acura ARX-02a M 93
Acura AR7 4.0 L V8
2 LMP2 15 Mexico Lowe's Fernández Racing Mexico Adrian Fernández
Mexico Luis Díaz
Acura ARX-01B M 93
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
3 LMP2 16 United States Dyson Racing Team United States Chris Dyson
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Lola B09/86 M 92
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
4 LMP2 20 United States Dyson Racing Team United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
Lola B08/86 M 91
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
5 GT2 45 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports United States Patrick Long
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 88
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
6 LMP1 37 United States Intersport Racing United States Jon Field
United States Clint Field
United States Chapman Ducote
Lola B06/10 D 88
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
7 GT2 92 United States BMW Rahal Letterman Racing United States Tommy Milner
Germany Dirk Müller
BMW M3 GT2 D 86
BMW 4.0 L V8
8 GT2 21 United States Panoz Team PTG United Kingdom Ian James
Germany Dominik Farnbacher
Panoz Esperante GT-LM Y 86
Ford 5.0 L V8
9 GT2 28 United States LG Motorsports United States Lou Giglotti
United States Eric Curran
Chevrolet Corvette C6 D 85
Chevrolet LS3 6.3 L V8
10 GT2 44 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports United States Darren Law
United States Seth Neiman
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 84
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
11 GT2 40 United States Robertson Racing United States David Robertson
United States Andrea Robertson
United States David Murry
Ford GT-R Mk. VII D 83
Ford 5.0 L V8
12 GT2 87 United States Farnbacher-Loles Motorsports Germany Wolf Henzler
Germany Dirk Werner
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 74
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
13
DNF
LMP1 66 United States de Ferran Motorsports Brazil Gil de Ferran
France Simon Pagenaud
Acura ARX-02a M 66
Acura AR7 4.0 L V8
14
DNF
GT2 11 United States Primetime Race Group United States Joel Feinberg
United Kingdom Chris Hall
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe D 38
Dodge 8.3 L V10
15
DNF
GT2 22 United States Panoz Team PTG United States Tom Sutherland
United States Ryan Phinny
Panoz Esperante GT-LM Y 38
Ford 5.0 L V8
16
DNF
GT2 90 United States BMW Rahal Letterman Racing United States Bill Auberlen
United States Joey Hand
BMW M3 GT2 D 28
BMW 4.0 L V8
17
DNF
GT2 62 United States Risi Competizione Brazil Jaime Melo
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Ferrari F430GT M 27
Ferrari 4.0 L V8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ALMS Qualifying" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2009-04-04. Archived from the original on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  2. ^ "ALMS Provisional Race Report" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 


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