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PICKETT RACING WINS ALMS LONG BEACH ON VP100!
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing took victory in the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach this past weekend on VP Racing Fuels' VP100 fuel!
Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr became the first repeat overall winners on the streets of Long Beach, which also saw their new HPD ARX-03a score its maiden victory in only its second-ever race.
The turning point in the two-hour street fight came with the race's one-and-only full course caution with one hour and eight minutes remaining, which saw the majority of teams pit for fuel and tires.
Graf, running low on VP100, had to revisit pit lane for a final top-off prior to the restart, which took the German out of the lead and stuck behind lap traffic.
"I pushed really, really hard and I did qualifying laps for a series of laps just to catch up to Chris [Dyson]," Graf explained. "Once I was able to get close to him, he struggled a bit coming out of the hairpin and we were side-by-side going down the front straightaway.... I was able to just get ahead of him and stay in the lead."
From there, Graf edged out a considerable margin over the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola B12/60 Mazda of Chris Dyson, taking a 43.659-second victory over the Sebring P1 class winners.
It marked a remarkable turnaround for the Greg Pickett-led squad, which dominated the season-opener at Sebring last month, in sight of an overall podium finish amid the FIA World Endurance Championship contenders, but retired late with fuel valve failure.
"A really good team comes back strong," Luhr said. "That's what we did today. Sebring was a shame but now we'll hopefully keep winning races the rest of the year."
Posted by VP Race Fool on 17th April, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
Tags: ALMS, PICKETT RACING, VP 100, MAKIN' POWER!, OFFICIAL FUEL
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