GRAF, LUHR CLINCH ALMS TITLE ON VP’S IMSA 100
Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr combined to clinch their second consecutive American Le Mans Series P1 championship with a victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. This marked Pickett Racing’s sixth consecutive victory in the 2013 season fueled by VP Racing Fuels’ IMSA 100 blend.
The race was shortened to one hour, 13 minutes after a multi-car incident completely blocked the front straight of the Inner Harbor street circuit seconds after the initial waving of the green flag. It was the shortest race in ALMS history, with Graf and Luhr leading four times for 17 of the 41 laps in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c. The race featured eight lead changes among five different cars representing three classes.
Luhr took the lead for good by passing Guy Smith in the Turn 3 hairpin with 13 minutes remaining and then beat Smith to the checkered flag by 3.867 seconds. Smith led briefly down the stretch in the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 started by Chris Dyson.
“We’ve struggled here in the past, but today was our day to win the race and win the championship,” Luhr said after extending his ALMS-leading victory total to 48 with three races remaining this season. The Pickett Racing team continued winning at both COTA and VIR to finish out the season.
This victory, among others, fortifies VP’s presence as the World Leader in Race Fuel Technology™ and VP is excited to continue its relationship with the International Motor Sports Association as it prepares to be the fuel supplier for the Tudor United SportsCar test sessions at Daytona International Speedway and Sebring International Raceway.