The Alley

Half way home at Mazda Raceway

At the half way point at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Muscle Milk Racing’s HPD entry was dominating proceedings – holding a huge lead of more than two laps. Klaus Graf started the race for the local squad and despite being second into turn one, he quickly gained the upper hand and streaked away. After handing over to teammate Lucas Luhr, the gap grew even larger with Luhr recording the fastest lap of the race on lap 111. A...

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Mowlem back in prototype ranks

British ace Johnny Mowlem returns to American Le Mans Series competition this weekend, filling the third driver slot at Dyson Racing aboard their No.16 machine. While regularly known as a GT driver, Mowlem showed he had what it took in prototypes two years ago when he showed impressive speed for Autocon Racing – particularly at Mosport. Mowlem is driving with Dyson regulars Chris Dyson and Guy Smith aboard the Mazda-powered...

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Look out for the other Muscle Milk machine

While Muscle Milk Racing is charging away at the front of the pack in the P1 class, former IndyCar/CART ace Memo Gidley is also helping the team make its mark in the PC class. Gidley is driving on a full-time basis with Mike Guasch in the 2012 American Le Mans Series championship in the No.5 Muscle Milk entry. They are joined by this weekend by Brit Archie Hamilton. Gidley finished second behind Max Papis here at Laguna Seca in 2001...

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Won or lost in the pits?

Today’s GT battle is certainly looming as a huge on-track brawl at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. But the fight for the win could actually be settled off the race track and in the pits. Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen talked to Michelin Alley before the start of the race to remind us how important the pit work could be when the field is covered by such a small margin. Magnussen and Antonio Garcia qualified fourth fastest...

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Thousandths of a Second Separate GT Field

Reflecting the fierce level of competition in the ALMS GT class, qualifying for today’s American Le Mans–Monterey saw starting grid positions determined not by tenths, but rather by hundredths and even thousandths of a second. Darren Turner’s #007 Aston Martin Vantage took the GT pole on the hilly 2.238 mile circuit with a lap of 1:22.229, an impressive 0.432 seconds clear of the next qualifiers. The spread from second...

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