2000 Grand Prix of Mosport

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The 2000 globemegawheels.com Grand Prix of Mosport was an American Le Mans Series professional sports car race held at Mosport International Raceway near Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada from August 4 to the 6, 2000. It was the sixth round of the 2000 American Le Mans Series season and the 15th IMSA / Professional SportsCar Racing sanctioned sports car race held at the facility.

Race[edit]

The overall race was won by Audi Sport North America's Audi R8 driven by Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish for their second successive American Le Mans Series win of the season. The race was one of the closest races in sportscar racing history with the second place BMW V12 LMR driven by Jörg Müller and JJ Lehto for BMW Schnitzer Motorsport only 0.149 seconds behind at the finish.[1] The #43 BMW V12 LMR driven by Jean-Marc Gounon and Bill Auberlen finished third.[2]

The race victory in the GTS class was equally as close with the Viper Team Oreca Dodge Viper GTS-R of Olivier Beretta and Karl Wendlinger beating the local favorite Ron Fellows and his teammate Andy Pilgrim in the Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R by 0.29 seconds.[3]

The GT class victory went Alex Job Racing drivers Randy Pobst and Bruno Lambert in the Porsche 911 GT3-R.

After two sunny days for practice and qualifying, the race was held under cool rainy conditions which led to five caution periods over 23 laps. The race was broadcast across North America on NBC Sports with Allen Bestwick and Bill Adam calling the race.

Official results[edit]

Class winners in bold.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP 77 Germany Audi Sport North America Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R8 M 94
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
2 LMP 42 Germany BMW Motorsport
Germany Schnitzer Motorsport
Germany Jörg Müller
Finland JJ Lehto
BMW V12 LMR M 94
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
3 LMP 43 Germany BMW Motorsport
Germany Schnitzer Motorsport
France Jean-Marc Gounon
United States Bill Auberlen
BMW V12 LMR M 93
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
4 GTS 91 France Viper Team Oreca Monaco Olivier Beretta
Austria Karl Wendlinger
Dodge Viper GTS-R M 91
Dodge 8.0L V10
5 GTS 3 United States Corvette Racing United States Andy Pilgrim
Canada Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 91
Chevrolet 7.0 L V8
6 GTS 92 France Viper Team Oreca United States David Donohue
United States Tommy Archer
Dodge Viper GTS-R M 91
Dodge 8.0 L V10
7
DNF
LMP 36 United States Johansson-Matthews Racing Sweden Stefan Johansson
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Reynard 2KQ-LM Y 90
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
8 LMP 2 United States Panoz Motor Sports United States Johnny O'Connell
Japan Hiroki Katou
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 89
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
9 GT 23 United States Alex Job Racing United States Randy Pobst
Belgium Bruno Lambert
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 89
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
10 GT 7 United States Prototype Technology Group United States Boris Said
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
BMW M3 Y 88
BMW 3.2 L I6
11 GT 51 United States Dick Barbour Racing Germany Sascha Maassen
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 87
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
12 GT 21 United States MCR/Aspen Knolls United States Shane Lewis
United States Cort Wagner
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 87
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
13 GT 10 United States Prototype Technology Group United States Brian Cunningham
United States Peter Cunningham
BMW M3 Y 87
BMW 3.2 L I6
14 GTS 08 United States Roock Motorsport North America United States Zak Brown
United States Vic Rice
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 87
Porsche 3.8 L Turbo Flat-6
15 GT 22 United States Alex Job Racing United States Mike Fitzgerald
United States Robert Nagel
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 86
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
16 GT 70 Australia Skea Racing International United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
United States David Murry
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 86
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
17
DNF
LMP 78 Germany Audi Sport North America Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 85
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
18 GT 71 Australia Skea Racing International United States Grady Willingham
United States Doc Bundy
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 38
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
19 GT 67 United States The Racer's Group United States Robert Orcutt
United States Jennifer Tumminelli
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 78
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
20
DNF
GT 66 United States The Racer's Group United States Kevin Buckler
United States Philip Collin
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 77
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
21 GT 69 Canada Kyser Racing Canada Greg Doff
Canada Kye Wankum
Canada Rudy Bartling
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 67
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
22 GT 52 Germany Seikel Motorsport Canada Tony Burgess
Italy Stefano Buttiero
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 45
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
23
DNF
LMP 1 United States Panoz Motor Sports Australia David Brabham
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 40
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
24
DNF
LMP 24 United States Johansson-Matthews Racing United States Jim Matthews
United States Mark Simo
Reynard 2KQ-LM Y 18
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
25
DNF
GT 5 United States Dick Barbour Racing Germany Dirk Müller
Germany Lucas Luhr
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 13
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
26
DNF
GT 6 United States Prototype Technology Group United States Johannes van Overbeek
United States Brian Simo
BMW M3 Y 11
BMW 3.2  I6
DNS LMP 0 Italy Team Rafanelli SRL Italy Mimmo Schiattarella
Belgium Didier de Radiguès
Lola B2K/10 M -
Judd (Rafanelli) GV4 4.0 L V10
DNS LMP 8 United States Phil Creighton Motorsports United States Scott Schubot
Canada Claude Bourbonnais
Lola B2K/10 G -
Ford (Roush) 6.0 L V8
DNS GTS 73 Canada Multimatic Motorsports
Canada Doncaster Racing
Canada David Lacey
Canada Greg Willkins
Porsche 911 GT2 P -
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6

[4][5]

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #78 Audi Sport North America - 1:08.432
  • Fastest Lap - #77 Audi Sport North America - 1:11.424
  • Time of race - 2:46:05.662
  • Distance - 371.993 km
  • Average Speed - 134.379 km/h

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watkins, Gary (August 10, 2000). "Drench Canadian - ALMS Round 6". Autosport. London: Haymarket Media Group. pp. 60–61. 
  2. ^ Baser, Ken (August 31, 2000). "Edged - Audi and BMW battle a slick track to a photo finish". On Track. Charlotte, North Carolina: Street & Smith's Sports Publication. pp. 58–63. 
  3. ^ Watkins, Gary (September 2000). "Down To The Wire - Mosport Report". Le Mans Series & Sportscar Racer. Indianapolis, Indiana: Haymarket Media Group. pp. 36–41. 
  4. ^ "Official Results" (PDF). International Motor Sports Association. 2000. 
  5. ^ "American Le Mans Series 2000". World Sports Racing Prototypes. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. 

External links[edit]

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