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Posted on October 15, 2012

Petit Le Mans 10-Hour/1000-Mile to Decide MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge GT Championship

BRASELTON, GA (October 15, 2012) – The journey to the 2012 MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge championships ends with a 1000-mile test of high-speed performance as the 2012 American Le Mans Series finale gets underway at Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans, October 20.

The nearly 10-hour chase on the hilly 2.54-mile circuit places an emphasis on aerodynamics, mechanical grip and engine efficiency as the manufacturers, teams and drivers search for the optimum balance of performance in their quest for speed and efficiency in the race and, simultaneously, in America’s premier environmental motorsports competition.

“The close fight for the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge GT championship mirrors the level of competition in the series and the race itself,” said Silvia Mammone, Michelin motorsports manager.

PROTOTYPE CHAMPION

One of the two MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge championships has already been decided.  The Benicia, California-based Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Honda team, and drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr, have parlayed four event wins and a trio of runners-up finishes into a 2012 MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge Prototype championship.

Clearly demonstrating the link between race performance and clean, fast and efficient environmental performance, all four of the Muscle Milk Honda team’s MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge wins came in combination with their overall race wins at Long Beach, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Monterey), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Canada) and Virginia International Raceway.

GT CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE

In GT competition there is a different story. After gathering four race wins in nine starts, the #4 Corvette Racing of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner has locked up the ALMS manufacturer, team and driver titles, but sits third in a four-way fight for the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge GT championship.

Corvette Racing teammates Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia and the #3 Corvette have four MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge award wins and lead the GT point standings by just a single point over the #55 BMW of Bill Auberlen and Jörg Müller, which has three award wins. 

The #4 Corvette of Milner and Gavin finished in second place five times this season and sits only another four MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge points back, while the #01 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari of Johannes van Overbeek and Scott Sharp is fourth with two award wins.

“The top four GT cars in the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge GT championship all use the second-generation E85R fuel, so their Clean scores will likely be very close. Any advantage in race speed, efficiency or even the amount of fuel taken on the last pit stops may well determine the championship,” said Mammone.

The scoring formula for the MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge is developed and overseen by the Green Racing steering team comprised of representative of the Department of Energy, EPA, SAE International and the IMSA sanctioning body.  Each car is scored based on Clean, Fast and Efficient performance measures.

PREVIOUS PETIT LE MANS MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE WINNERS

YEAR

CLASS

WIN (Manufacturer/Team/Car/Drivers)

2011

Prototype

Oak   Pescarolo Judd – United Autosports – Oak Pescarolo Judd –   Brown/Johansson/Patterson

2011

GT

Chevrolet   – Corvette Racing – Corvette C6.R – Magnussen/Gavin/Westbrook

 

 

 

2010

Prototype

Lola/Judd   – Drayson Racing – Lola Judd Coupe – Pirro/Cocker/Drayson

2010

GT

BMW –   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing – BMW M3 – Auberlen/Milner/Werner

 

 

 

2009

Prototype

Audi –   Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R15 TDI – McNish/Capello

2009

GT

Porsche   – Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Law/Neiman/van Overbeek

 

ABOUT THE MICHELIN® GREEN X® CHALLENGE

The American Le Mans Series is the only series currently recognized as “Green Racing” by the U. S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International.

In 2010, the season-ending Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta marked the first time that all five energy sources identified in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy policy were represented in competition. The five energies are E10 ethanol-blended gasoline, E85R second-generation cellulosic ethanol, GTL (natural gas to liquid) biodiesel, E10-electric hybrid power and Iso-butanol gasoline.

The MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophies are presented to the respective Prototype and GT winners. The bases for the unique MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophies are made of rubber recycled from MICHELIN GREEN X labeled consumer tires.

ABOUT MICHELIN® GREEN X® TIRES

MICHELIN GREEN X labeled consumer tires are optimized for fuel economy by reducing their rolling resistance and weight without compromising other key performance factors such as traction, grip and tread wear. Each tire is marked with Michelin’s “GREEN X” symbol on the sidewall, indicating to consumers a level of energy-efficiency that reduces CO2 emissions.

For over 20 years, Michelinhas been dedicated to the research and development of energy-efficient tires and now, a complete line of fuel-efficient tires is available to fit the most immediate consumer needs. Please visit www.michelinman.com for a complete list.

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For more information, visit www.michelinmedia.com or contact:                                                         

Sachin Deshpandé                                                             John Love

MichelinNorth America                                                     EMC Strategic Communications

office: 1 416 576 0226                                                      office: 1 248 816 0106

sachin.deshpande@ca.michelin.com                              mobile: 1 313 506 2114

                                                                                                john@emcstrategic.com

 

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.

 

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