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      04-03-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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Acura Sports Car Challenge in St. Peterburg, FL

Here are the qualifying results for tomorrow's race. The BMW Rahal Letterman BMW's qualified 3rd and 4th in class.


Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg street circuit, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Friday’s qualifying
1. Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Simon Pagenaud, France; Acura ARX-02a (P1), 1:03.776, 101.606

2. David Brabham, Australia; Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Acura ARX-02a (P1), 1:04.722, 100.121

3. Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:05.178, 99.420

4. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Lola B09 86 Mazda (P2), 1:05.464, 98.986

5. Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Lola B09 86 Mazda (P2), 1:05.666, 98.681

6. Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Chapman Ducote, Miami, FL; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:09.044, 93.853

7. Jaime Melo, Brazil; Pierre Kaffer, Germany; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 1:12.892, 88.899

8. Wolf Henzler, Germany; Dirk Werner, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:13.173, 88.557

9. Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; BMW E92 M3 (GT2), 1:13.267, 88.444

10. Dirk Müller, Germany; Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; BMW E92 M3 (GT2), 1:13.458, 88.214

11. Jörg Bergmeister, Germany; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:13.465, 88.205

12. Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Ian James, England; Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford (GT2), 1:14.109, 87.439

13. David Murry, Cumming, GA; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT MK 7 (GT2), 1:14.281, 87.236

14. Lou Gigliotti, Dallas, TX; Eric Curran, Easthampton, MA; Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6 (GT2), 1:14.633, 86.825

15. Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (GT2), 1:15.938, 85.333

16. Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; Ryan Phinney, Carmel, CA; Panoz Esperante GTLM Ford (GT2), 1:15.996, 85.268

17. Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 1:18.592, 82.451


Here are some pictures of the bmws that I took during Sebring:




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According to Live Timing and Scoring, the #92 BMW finished in second place!

The #90 BMW apperently retired.
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SHARP, BRABHAM LEAD ACURA’S ST. PETE SWEEP
Acura scores first victories at St. Petersburg
The Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg proved not to be much of one for Patrón Highcroft Racing. Scott Sharp and David Brabham won the second round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series with a convincing victory in the season’s first street race.

Brabham and his Acura ARX-02a finished 32.150 seconds ahead of Adrian Fernandez as Acura took the top two positions and swept the prototype classes for the first time. Fernandez was the LMP2 winner for the second straight race with Luis Diaz in Lowe’s Fernandez Racing’s Acura ARX-01b.

Brabham and Sharp won their second overall event together. They have won five times class, having scored four in LMP2 together last year.

Fernandez and Diaz were a lap clear of Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith and Chris Dyson in the team’s first Mazda-powered Lola B09/86. The second entry of Butch Leitzinger and Marino Franchitti were third after a mid-race stop to replace a cut front-right tire.

Intersport Racing’s Clint Field, Jon Field and Chapman Ducote were second in P1 driving their AER-powered Lola B06/10. They finished ahead of the pole-sitting de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a, which finished the race stranded on course with electrical problems.

Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister won in GT2 by two laps in their Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The pairing, class champions together in 2005, gave Porsche its first victory at St. Petersburg after wins by Ferrari in 2007 and 2008.

Long drove the opening stint and was one of the last drivers to pit, coming in when Joel Feinberg crashed at the 53-minute mark to bring out the race’s lone caution period. He had gained a lap over the rest of the field and increased that advantage when he went around the safety car as it picked up overall leader Fernandez.

Dirk Müller and Tommy Milner were second in GT2 class as Müller picked up two positions in the final 15 minutes driving one of BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team’s BMW M3s. He was more than 15 seconds ahead of Panoz Team PTG’s Dominik Farnbacher, who drove the Panoz Esperante GTLM with Ian James. The pairing finished third for the second straight race.

Fernandez and Diaz also were prototype winners in the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge, which goes to the fastest and most energy efficient entry. Hand and Milner were GT winners in their BMW.

The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the next round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series. The race is set for 4:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 18 from the famed Long Beach street circuit in southern California. The race will be televised from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 19 on ABC. Qualifying is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT on Friday, April 17. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing and Scoring will be available at americanlemans.com.

The race also will mark the next round for the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge. For tickets, visit americanlemans.com or gplb.com.
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Great job for car #92!!! That was a great race. To bad about car #90 hopefully they get the intermintent no starts fixed soon.
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you were there? I was too.

those vettes sounded A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
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I went and it was awesome! I will go every year now if they keep having it in St. Pete. And I think the Ford GT had the best exhaust note.
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I went and it was awesome! I will go every year now if they keep having it in St. Pete. And I think the Ford GT had the best exhaust note.
what was up with the one black vette? looked like it had that corvette ferrari 575ish kit.
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you were there? I was too.

those vettes sounded A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
I was actually about 4 hours due south working on a project
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what was up with the one black vette? looked like it had that corvette ferrari 575ish kit.
The only vette at the race was one that had yellow flames in the front; it is a privateer effort by Lou Gigliotti and the car is built by Riley Technologies. I think the car your are talking about is a Panoz Esperante GTLM. I think it has a Ford engine (I heard from the tv).
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ohhhh, wow that makes sense hahaha. i couldn't tell, i just thought there was a team of two C6Rs and the panoz sounded so similar and looked closely related.
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I wish I am living i Florida. I am sure it will be fun to watch car race. Well, maybe next time I can make it. Thanks
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