Muscle Milk Pickett Racing's Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03a, piloted by Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr, took the checkered flag at the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach this past weekend under Southern California's typical warm sunny skies. The P1 class team completed 80 laps during the two-hour race, of which 14 were run under caution for a variety of minor incidents.

In P2 class, Scott Sharp and Guy Cosmo won in their HPD ARX-03b run by Extreme Speed Motorsports. Cosmo took the team's first lead of the race just 14 minutes in, but it was Sharp who recaptured the front position with 47 minutes left on the clock.

The GT class started with the Fast & Furious 6 SRT Viper GTS-R, driven by Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher, on the pole. With only minutes left in the race, leader Farnbacher overshot Turn One and Bill Auberlen, piloting a BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE with Maxime Martin, took the opportunity to shoot ahead and take the win.

In Prototype Challenge, it was the Core Autosport ORECA FLM09, driven by Colin Braun and Jon Bennett, which earned the win. It was Braun, midway through the race following a restart, who led the pack for five minutes in the V8-powered carbon-fiber Oreca. Lastly, the GT Challenge class was won by a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (expected, as the class is nothing but GT3 Cup cars), owned by NGT Motorsport and driven by Sean Edwards and Henrique Cisneros.

Full race results have been posted below, and don't forget to check out our live gallery from the ALMS event this past weekend.
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Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach
Long Beach street circuit, Long Beach, Calif.


Saturday's results

1. (3) Lucas Luhr/Klaus Graf, HPD ARX-03c, 80 laps
2. (1) Neel Jani/Nick Heidfeld, Lola B12/60 Toyota, 80
3. (6) Jonathan Bennett/Colin Braun, ORECA FLM09, 79
4. (7) Mike Guasch/Luis Diaz, ORECA FLM09, 79
5. (5) Duncan Ende/Bruno Junqueira, ORECA FLM09, 79
6. (11) Guy Cosmo/Scott Sharp, HPD ARX-03b, 79
7. (17) Maxime Martin/Bill Auberlen, BMW Z4 GTE, 78
8. (12) Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek, HPD ARX-03b, 78
9. (20) Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller, BMW Z4 GTE, 78
10. (13) Marc Goossens/Dominik Farnbacher, SRT Viper GTS-R Viper V-10, 78
11. (18) Tommy Milner/Oliver Gavin, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 78
12. (16) Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, 78
13. (32) Bryce Miller/Marco Holzer, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 78
14. (21) Bill Sweedler/Townsend Bell, Ferrari F458 Italia, 77
15. (15) Kuno Wittmer/Jonathan Bomarito, SRT Viper GTS-R Viper V-10, 77
16. (19) Olivier Beretta/Matteo Malucelli, Ferrari F458 Italia, 77
17. (10) Tomy Drissi/Rusty Mitchell, ORECA FLM09, 77
18. (9) Charlie Shears/Tristan Nunez, ORECA FLM09, 76
19. (14) Bryan Sellers/Wolf Henzler, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 76
20. (24) Henrique Cisneros/Sean Edwards, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 75
21. (25) Nelson Canache Jr./Spencer Pumpelly, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 75
22. (29) Brian Wong/Dion von Moltke/Spencer Pumpelly, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 75
23. (23) Cooper MacNeil/Jeroen Bleekemolen, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 75
24. (28) Brett Curtis/Craig Stanton, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 75
25. (27) Chris Cumming/Kyle Marcelli, ORECA FLM09, 75
26. (31) Patrick Dempsey/Joe Foster, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 73
27. (26) Ben Keating/Damien Faulkner, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 73
28. (4) Scott Tucker/Ryan Briscoe, HPD ARX-03b, 66
29. (27) Mike Hedlund/Jan Heylen, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 62
30. (22) Marino Franchitti/Scott Tucker, HPD ARX-03b, 57


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      spinftwin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on Mike. You guys had been doing so much better with the spoiler headlines, and now this?!?
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @spinftwin
        It aired yesterday. I thought spoilers were only when it had not aired on TV yet?
          spinftwin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          Lots of people DVR these races and then watch them at their convenience. I personally watched every hour of ALMS racing last year, but I never watched it live. I would put it on while doing other things, and pay attention when there was a good on-track battle. Knowing the end result really spoils the fun...
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
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          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          Yes carguy, is the full race going to air? I would expect you could only see that online. Is it not posted yet?
      Alex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hate to break it to you, but a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will ALWAYS win GT Challenge. Its a spec class.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Overshot turn one? Didn't Wolf Henzler in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR try an ill-advised kamikaze pass on the Viper and take them both out?
      Allaround
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anyone know the purpose of the fenders being cut short on their trailing arc? I see all the GT cars have their fenders terminate well before they reachthe bottom of the car.
        Pandamasque
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Allaround
        Aerodynamics. With fully closed fenders air pressure builds up at speed and creates aerodynamic drag. That's why most race cars and many performance road cars have some kind of gills or cutaways help the air exit the wheel wells.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Allaround
        Same reason NASCARs have that elevated butt. It's an ersatz diffuser. By letting the air out easier down there it creates a slight venturi effect (Bernoulli's principle) creating some downforce.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          For the person who downvoted me, it's right here: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-racing/nascar/nascar-basics/stock-car-aerodynamics3.htm Stock cars are characteristically designed with rake -- meaning the car's rear is higher off the ground than the front end of the chassis. It keeps the pressure underneath the car down, preventing lift. LIke I said, it's about creating downforce (reducing lift). It's not about drag. You minimize the entry of air under the car and maximize the ease of exit. This creates a low pressure area under the car which creates downforce (reduces lift).
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