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Muscle Milk Wins ALMS VIR 240

By James Fish
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 17, 2012 Last Updated: September 17, 2012
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Muscle Milk Pickett Racing ran four hours free of incident to win the ALMS VIR 240. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing ran four hours free of incident to win the ALMS VIR 240. (James Fish/The Epoch Times)

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing finally ran an entire race without mechanical problems, and drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr made the most of the chance, winning the American Le Mans Series VIR 240.

After losing at Road America and Baltimore because of a variety of mechanical and electrical gremlins, the Muscle Milk HPD-ARX-03a ran flawlessly and fast all weekend, finishing a comfortable three laps ahead of the rest of the field.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has all but locked up the team and drivers’ titles—assuming the car stays healthy through the ten-hour season-ending Petit Le Mans.

In GT the No. 4 Corvette Racing CR6 took the win and the GT driver, team, and manufacturer championships. It was Oliver Gavin’s 100th ALMS start and his fourth class championship and co-driver Tom Milner’s first.

Scott Tucker and Christophe Bouchut in the No. 055 Level 5 HPD ARX-03b took the P2 class win, after every car in the class earned a penalty for avoidable contact. This battle will be resolved at Petit Le Mans, but if the No. 055 Level 5 finishes the race it will likely win the title.

Jon Bennett and Colin Braun won the LMPC class in the No. 05 Core Oreca, while teammate Alex Popow in the No. 06 finished third and won the driver’s title. The team had already locked up the team title in the previous race.

Alex Job Racing won in GTC and also wrapped up the class championship. Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen benefited when the No. 34 Green Hornet car ran out of gas with 30 seconds left in the race. With the win MacNeil captured the driver’s championship with Keen second.

The 2012 ALMS season ends with the ten-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 20.




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