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MICHELIN MOTORSPORTS 24 for 24 “Making the Choice”

In honor of the 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010, the Michelinalley.com staff offers 24 bits of Le Mans history, factoids and trivia. See www.michelinalley.com for updates, features and the complete list, plus Rick Dole photos. — Note 15 of 24: Choices To paraphrase an old story, Michelin knows that the 14 manufacturers/models and 34 different cars that have chosen Michelin cannot all win the race, but hopefully...

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Four Michelin Poles at Le Mans

Thursday’s four hours of qualifying, split into two two-hour sessions, see the same fastest qualifiers as ended yesterday. Michelin technical partners have scored pole positions in all four classes, LMP1, LMP2, GT1 and GT2, in advance of Saturday’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Peugeot’s turbo diesel-powered 908 HDi FAP closed-top prototypes start in positions one through four in the 55-car field. Sebastien Bourdais backed up...

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MICHELIN MOTORSPORTS 24 for 24 “Familiar Faces in Different Places”

In honor of the 78th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010, the Michelinalley.com staff offers 24 bits of Le Mans history, factoids and trivia. See www.michelinalley.com for updates, features and the complete list, plus Rick Dole photos. — Note 13 of 24: Familiar Faces in Different Places American Le Mans Series fans will recognize plenty of names and faces in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, many hopefully atop the podium at the...

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Peugeot Locks Out Le Mans Provisional Pole

Peugeot’s factory squad has the top three positions on the grid after the first two-hour qualifying session. Sebastien Bourdais set the quickest time at 3:19.711 in the No. 3 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, ahead of the No. 1 and No. 2 Peugeots. This could be the overall pole as wet weather is expected tomorrow afternoon and evening for the two later sessions. The Oreca-prepared No. 4 Peugeot of Nicolas Lapierre set the quickest time early...

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Ferraris lead ‘Noah’s Ark’-style GT grid

GT qualifying for Saturday’s American Le Mans Series race at Monterey sees the seriously competitive field broken up in pairs. In GT, Jaime Melo laid down his fastest lap early, as he did in Long Beach, to secure his second straight pole position for Saturday’s race. “We didn’t expect to be that fast, as we struggled with understeer,” Melo said. “We just got (the setup) at the end of...

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