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2009 Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg

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

Qualifying

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

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

Race result

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 Patrón Highcroft Racing David Brabham
Scott Sharp
Acura ARX-02a M 93
Acura AR7 4.0 L V8
2 LMP2 15 Lowe's Fernández Racing Adrian Fernández
Luis Díaz
Acura ARX-01B M 93
Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8
3 LMP2 16 Dyson Racing Team Chris Dyson
Guy Smith
Lola B09/86 M 92
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
4 LMP2 20 Dyson Racing Team Butch Leitzinger
Marino Franchitti
Lola B08/86 M 91
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
5 GT2 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Patrick Long
Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 88
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
6 LMP1 37 Intersport Racing Jon Field
Clint Field
Chapman Ducote
Lola B06/10 D 88
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
7 GT2 92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Tommy Milner
Dirk Müller
BMW M3 GT2 D 86
BMW 4.0 L V8
8 GT2 21 Panoz Team PTG Ian James
Dominik Farnbacher
Panoz Esperante GT-LM Y 86
Ford 5.0 L V8
9 GT2 28 LG Motorsports Lou Giglotti
Eric Curran
Chevrolet Corvette C6 D 85
Chevrolet LS3 6.3 L V8
10 GT2 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Darren Law
Seth Neiman
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 84
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
11 GT2 40 Robertson Racing David Robertson
Andrea Robertson
David Murry
Ford GT-R Mk. VII D 83
Ford 5.0 L V8
12 GT2 87 Farnbacher-Loles Motorsports Wolf Henzler
Dirk Werner
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 74
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
13
DNF
LMP1 66 de Ferran Motorsports Gil de Ferran
Simon Pagenaud
Acura ARX-02a M 66
Acura AR7 4.0 L V8
14
DNF
GT2 11 Primetime Race Group Joel Feinberg
Chris Hall
Dodge Viper Competition Coupe D 38
Dodge 8.3 L V10
15
DNF
GT2 22 Panoz Team PTG Tom Sutherland
Ryan Phinny
Panoz Esperante GT-LM Y 38
Ford 5.0 L V8
16
DNF
GT2 90 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Bill Auberlen
Joey Hand
BMW M3 GT2 D 28
BMW 4.0 L V8
17
DNF
GT2 62 Risi Competizione Jaime Melo
Pierre Kaffer
Ferrari F430GT M 27
Ferrari 4.0 L V8

References

  1. ^ "ALMS Qualifying" (PDF).  
  2. ^ "ALMS Provisional Race Report" (PDF).  
American Le Mans Series
Previous race:
12 Hours of Sebring
2009 season Next race:
American Le Mans Series at Long Beach
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