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Mazda leads Friday morning practice

In Friday morning’s one-hour practice session of the American Le Mans Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, there were far fewer incidents and much more green flag running with times dropping from where they were yesterday. The first and only red flag ended the session three minutes early, as Scott Sharp went off at Turn 3 in his Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari F430 GT. The lone Mazda powerplant in the field lived up to...

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CytoSport tops charts, changes drivers

For the first time this American Le Mans Series season, the Muscle Milk Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder topped the time sheets in testing. Klaus Graf was the quickest driver in Thursday evening’s two hour promoter test session, as the only driver to dip into the 1:15 range. Graf lapped the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at 1:15.444. Graf’s team also made the headlines Thursday for a last-minute driver change. Citing...

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Flying Lizards Look For “Mo” at Laguna Seca

Momentum is a beautiful thing and here at the third stop of the 2010 American Le Mans Series the team carrying the most momentum is looking for even more. Since entering American Le Mans Series competition in 2004, team founder Seth Neiman’s Sonoma-based Flying Lizard squad has compiled a stunning record of success. With 16 wins, including past triumphs in the series cornerstone events, the Twelve Hours of Sebring and Petit Le...

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Fernandez Edges Pagenaud for Long Beach Pole

A scintillating battle for pole has just concluded at Long Beach in advance of Saturday’s 100-minute American Le Mans Series race. Michelin scored three class poles with cars in LMP, LMPC and GT. Local favorite Adrian Fernandez, the Mexican driver who has a wealth of fans who annually flock to Long Beach to see him race, edged Simon Pagenaud for the pole. Fernandez clocked in at a 1:13.213 to Pagenaud’s 1:13.285. “I...

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Aston Martin Paces Oft-Interrupted Morning Practice

American Le Mans Series teams and drivers got the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend underway with the Friday morning practice session. The two-hour session was peppered with incidents, with five red flags interrupting the flow of laps. The class pace setters in LMP, LMPC and GT all race on MICHELIN® tires. Aston Martin Racing’s Lola Aston Martin was quickest overall and in the LMP class at a time of 1:15.112 with Adrian Fernandez...

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