Muscle Milk Pickett Racing
|Muscle Milk Pickett Racing|
|Motor racing team|
|Team Principal(s)||Greg Pickett|
|Current series||American Le Mans Series|
|Former series||IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge|
|Drivers' titles||2 (2012, 2013)|
|Teams' titles||2 (2012, 2013)|
Muscle Milk Motorsports (known as Muscle Milk Pickett Racing in ALMS) is a motorsports group from Benicia, California. The team was founded in 2007 by CytoSport co-founder and former IMSA GT Championship driver Greg Pickett. Since 2007, Picketts team has competed in the American Le Mans Series, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge.
American Le Mans Series
In 2007, the team boss bought a Lola B06/10 with an AER four litre twin-turbo V8 to be driven by Greg Pickett and former NASCAR and Trans-Am driver Klaus Graf. The #06 car was scheduled to make its debut in the third round of the ALMS season at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The car did not start the race. The team went on to finish third in class at Mid Ohio and Road America. Joined by Memo Gidley, they finished third in class at Petit Le Mans and secured fourth place in the LMP1 championship.
The 2009 season saw Cytosport return to the American Le Mans Series. Greg Pickett bought a Porsche RS Spyder formerly run by the Dyson Racing team to run in the LMP2 class. Pickett and Graf debuted the car in the 6th round of the season at Mid Ohio where they finished 4th overall and 2nd in class. The race at Petit Le Mans saw Porsche factory driver Sascha Maassen join the team. After 184 laps the race was red flagged due to heavy rain. Despite spinning out in the slick conditions, the team finished 22nd overall and third in class. Having not driven the car due to the races early conclusion, Greg Pickett did not earn points for the race. At the last round of the season at Laguna Seca the team qualified the car on pole, giving the team 4 pole positions in the last four races. Klaus Graf finished fifth and Greg Pickett eighth in the drivers championship.
In 2010 the team ran the same Porsche RS Spyder they did the previous year, but for a full season this time. In 2010, both LMP1 and LMP2 classes combined to make one class for all ALMS races apart from the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans when the two classes would separate. Pickett and Graf raced once again for the whole season and were joined by Sascha Maassen for the long races. The team took LMP2 victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing fourth overall. The success at Sebring was followed by two overall victories at Lime Rock and Mosport. Muscle Milk Team Cytosport finished second in the LMP class just 20 points behind Patrón Highcroft Racing and Graf finished second in the drivers championship.
The 2011 American Le Mans Series season saw the two LMP classes split again to LMP1 and LMP2. Cost capping regulations enforced by the ACO made the RS Spyder too expensive to run in the LMP2 class. The team took this opportunity and bought a Lola-Aston Martin B08/62 and returned to the LMP1 class. Lucas Luhr joined the team for the full season with Pickett only entering in the longer races such as Sebring and Petit Le Mans. Unfortunately, there was not much competition during the start of the season with Dyson Racing Team being the only other full-time LMP1 entry, who later entered a second car. This was followed by Autocon Motorsports who returned with their updated Lola B06/10. Over the course of the season, Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing won four events but finished second in the teams championship with Dyson taking the title, in part due to their points finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring in which the Muscle Milk car retired.
2012 saw Muscle Milk Pickett Racing campaign Honda's latest LMP1 car, the HPD ARX-03a, for the full season. Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr continued as primary drivers. The team also expanded to the LMPC ranks with an Oreca FLM09 piloted by Michael Guasch and Memo Gidley. The team ran the LMPC car for three races before withdrawing after the Laguna Seca round after reconsideration from the team. The #6 HPD car, after some bad luck with a fueling hose at Sebring, went on to win the next five races in a row and another win at Virginia International Raceway. At the season's final race, Petit Le Mans, Lucas Luhr was hit by a GTC class Porsche. Despite repairs needed during the race, the team was able to complete 70% of the race in order to win points. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing won both the LMP1 drivers and team championships with just 5 points over their main rivals, Dyson Racing.
For 2013, the team continued competition with their HPD ARX-03a. For the first three races, the team faced serious competition from the Swiss Rebellion Racing team. After losing out at the season opening 12 Hours of Sebring the team claimed the next two races at Long Beach and Laguna Seca. With Rebellion Racing withdrawing their full season entry, the Muscle Milk team won the next six races and claimed the teams' and drivers' championships. Rebellion Racing returned for Petit Le Mans, the final race of the American Le Mans Series before it would merge with the Rolex Sports Car Series to form the new United SportsCar Championship.
24 Hours of Le Mans
2008 was a quiet year for the team. They did not compete in the American Le Mans Series because the team wanted to focus on the competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team competed alongside Czech team Charouz Racing System. Pickett and Graf competed alongside sportscar racing veteran and 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Jan Lammers in the teams Lola B07/17. The team qualified the #12 LMP1 car 12th on the grid. The trio completed 146 laps before the 5.5 Liter Judd V10 failed and they had to retire.
Greg Pickett (2007–2011) ALMS
Simon Pagenaud (2012) Sebring
Romain Dumas (2012) Petit Le Mans
Mark Bullitt (2011) IMSA GT3
Memo Gidley (2007, 2010, 2012) ALMS
Sascha Maassen (2009–10) ALMS
Jan Lammers (2008) Le Mans
- 2007 ALMS Teams' Championship Results 2007
- 2007 ALMS Drivers' Championship Results 2007
- Cytosport Returns With Porsche RS Spyder Speed TV Website 2009-06-20 Retrieved 2010-03-17
- ALMS Race Results ALMS - Acura Sports Car Challenge - Results] 2009
- ALMS - Petit Le Mans - Results 2009
- CytoSport to do full ALMS season Autosport Website 2010-02-10 Retrieved 2010-03-17
- Maassen to rejoin CytoSport Autosport Website 2010-02-19 Retrieved 2010-03-17
- Cavin, Curt (April 30, 2012). "Muscle Memory". Autoweek 62 (9): 68.
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