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2009 American Le Mans Series

2009 American Le Mans Series
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David Brabham (pictured) and Scott Sharp won the LMP1 class title for Patrón Highcroft Racing.

The 2009 American Le Mans Series season was the 39th season for the IMSA GT Championship, with it being the eleventh season with the American Le Mans Series moniker. It began on March 21, 2009, and ended on October 10, 2009 after ten events. The series was composed of Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) and Grand Tourer (GT) race cars divided into four classes: LMP1, LMP2, GT1, and GT2. A fifth category, known as the Challenge class, was also added for select races and featured Porsche 997 GT3 Cup cars from the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge.[1] 2009 was also the final year for GT1, with Corvette Racing abandoning the class after Long Beach and switching over to much more competitive GT2 (renamed GT) class.

This was the first time that the Michelin Green X Challenge championship was used throughout a full ALMS season after its initial introduction at the 2008 Petit Le Mans. Two champions were determined by the entry which is the most efficient over the season within the LMP and GT categories.[2]

Patrón Highcroft Racing duo David Brabham and Scott Sharp won the main LMP1 standings, holding off De Ferran Motorsports pairing Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud at the final round of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Adrian Fernández and Luis Díaz won the LMP2 title, in the final season of Fernández Racing, who closed at the end of the 2009 season. In GT2, Flying Lizard Motorsports' Patrick Long and Jörg Bergmeister won six races en route to the championship title. Husband-and-wife Martin and Melanie Snow won the inaugural GT Challenge class title, that ran at half of the season's ten races.

ScheduleEdit

The 2009 schedule remained mostly identical to the 2008 schedule, although the season was shortened in length. This was done to allow teams from the American Le Mans Series to participate in events for the new Asian Le Mans Series in November.[3] On December 18, 2008, it was announced that the Detroit race would be canceled.[4]

The Challenge class of cars only participated in five rounds in 2009: Utah, Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio, Road America, and Laguna Seca.[1][5]

Rnd Race Length Circuit Location Date
1 57th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring 12 Hours Sebring International Raceway Sebring, Florida March 21
2 Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg 1 Hour 55 Minutes Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida April 4
3 American Le Mans Series at Long Beach 1 Hour 40 Minutes Long Beach street circuit Long Beach, California April 18
4 Utah Grand Prix 2 Hours 45 Minutes Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, Utah May 17
5 Northeast Grand Prix 2 Hours 45 Minutes Lime Rock Park Lakeville, Connecticut July 18
6 Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio 2 Hours 45 Minutes Mid-Ohio Lexington, Ohio August 8
7 Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase 2 Hours 45 Minutes Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin August 16
8 Grand Prix of Mosport 2 Hours 45 Minutes Mosport International Raceway Bowmanville, Ontario August 30
9 Petit Le Mans 1,000 mi (1,600 km) or 10 Hours Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia September 26
10 Monterey Sports Car Championships 4 Hours Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California October 10

Season resultsEdit

Overall winner in bold.

Rnd Circuit LMP1 Winning Team LMP2 Winning Team GT2 Winning Team Challenge Winning Team Results
LMP1 Winning Drivers LMP2 Winning Drivers GT2 Winning Drivers Challenge Winning Drivers
1 Sebring   #2 Audi Sport Team Joest   #15 Fernández Racing   #62 Risi Competizione Did Not Participate Results
  Tom Kristensen
  Allan McNish
  Rinaldo Capello
  Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Jaime Melo
  Pierre Kaffer
  Mika Salo
2 St. Petersburg   #9 Highcroft Racing   #15 Fernández Racing   #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Did Not Participate Results
  David Brabham
  Scott Sharp
  Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Patrick Long
  Jörg Bergmeister
3 Long Beach   #66 de Ferran Motorsports   #15 Fernández Racing   #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Did Not Participate Results
  Gil de Ferran
  Simon Pagenaud
  Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Patrick Long
  Jörg Bergmeister
4 Miller   #66 de Ferran Motorsports   #15 Fernández Racing   #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports   #57 Snow Racing Results
  Gil de Ferran
  Simon Pagenaud
  Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Patrick Long
  Jörg Bergmeister
  Martin Snow
  Melanie Snow
5 Lime Rock   #66 de Ferran Motorsports   #20 Dyson Racing Team   #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports   #36 Gruppe Orange Results
  Gil de Ferran
  Simon Pagenaud
  Butch Leitzinger
  Marino Franchitti
  Patrick Long
  Jörg Bergmeister
  Wesley Hoaglund
  Bob Faieta
6 Mid-Ohio   #66 de Ferran Motorsports   #15 Fernández Racing   #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports   #57 Snow Racing Results
  Gil de Ferran
  Simon Pagenaud
  Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Patrick Long
  Jörg Bergmeister
  Martin Snow
  Melanie Snow
7 Road America   #9 Highcroft Racing   #15 Fernández Racing   #90 BMW Rahal Letterman   #57 Snow Racing Results
  David Brabham
  Scott Sharp
  Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Joey Hand
  Bill Auberlen
  Martin Snow
  Melanie Snow
8 Mosport   #9 Highcroft Racing   #15 Fernández Racing   #3 Corvette Racing Did Not Participate Results
  David Brabham
  Scott Sharp
  Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Johnny O'Connell
  Jan Magnussen
9 Road Atlanta   #08 Team Peugeot Total   #20 Dyson Racing Team   #62 Risi Competizione Did Not Participate Results
  Franck Montagny
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Butch Leitzinger
  Marino Franchitti
  Ben Devlin
  Jaime Melo
  Pierre Kaffer
  Mika Salo
10 Laguna Seca   #66 de Ferran Motorsports   #15 Fernández Racing   #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports   #47 Orbit Racing Results
  Gil de Ferran
  Simon Pagenaud
  Adrian Fernández
  Luis Díaz
  Patrick Long
  Jörg Bergmeister
  Guy Cosmo
  John Baker

Note that the GT1 class only competed in two rounds. Johnny O'Connell, Jan Magnussen, and Antonio García won the 12 Hours of Sebring for Corvette Racing, while Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta won for Corvette at Long Beach.

ChampionshipsEdit

Points were awarded to the top ten cars and drivers which either finish the race or complete 70% of the winner's distance, except in the ALMS Challenge category where cars and drivers only have to complete 50% of their class winner's distance. Teams with multiple entries only scored the points of their highest finishing entry in each race. Drivers were required to drive a minimum of 45 minutes to earn points, except for the Long Beach event which required only 30 minutes. The GT1 category was only used for two events and no championships were awarded in that category.

Points System
Race Distance Position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Less than three hours 20 16 13 10 8 6 4 3 2 1
Between four and eight hours 25 21 18 15 13 11 9 8 7 6
More than eight hours 30 26 23 20 18 16 14 13 12 11

Team championshipsEdit

Teams with full entries were awarded points in the team championships. Teams which participated in partial season or on a race by race basis were not counted as part of the championship.

LMP1 standingsEdit

Pos Team Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1   Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a Acura AR7 4.0 L V8 18 20 16 16 16 16 20 20 16 21 179
2   de Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-02a Acura AR7 4.0 L V8 0 13 20 20 20 20 16 16 12 25 162
3   Intersport Racing Lola B06/10 AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8 0 16 13 13 8 13 13 13 14 13 116
4   Autocon Motorsports Lola B06/10 AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8 0 10 0 10 0 8 0 13 18 59
5   Corsa Motorsports Ginetta-Zytek GZ09HS Zytek ZJ458 4.5 L Hybrid V8 10 13 10 10 15 58

LMP2 standingsEdit

Pos Team Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1   Lowe's Fernández Racing Acura ARX-01B Acura AL7R 3.4 L V8 30 20 20 20 16 20 20 20 26 25 217
2   Dyson Racing Team Lola B09/86 Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4 0 16 16 16 20 13 16 16 30 0 143

GT2 standingsEdit

Pos Team Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1   Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 20 20 20 20 20 20 10 8 18 25 181
2   Risi Competizione Ferrari F430GT Ferrari 4.0 L V8 30 0 16 13 16 8 8 16 30 0 137
3   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW M3 GT2 BMW 4.0 L V8 0 16 13 4 13 13 20 2 26 11 118
4   Farnbacher-Loles Racing Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 13 4 1 16 10 6 1 10 23 18 102
5   Panoz Team PTG Panoz Esperante GT-LM Ford 5.0 L V8 23 13 6 10 6 4 0 6 12 15 95
6   Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet LS7.R 6.0 L V8 16 13 20 20 21 90
7   Robertson Racing Ford GT-R Mk. VII Ford 5.0 L V8 14 6 2 1 2 1 4 1 11 0 42
8   Primetime Race Group Dodge Viper Comp. Coupe Dodge 8.3 L V10 0 0 4 2 3 2 3 0 14
9   Team Falken Tire Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 0 0 8 8

ALMS Challenge standingsEdit

Gruppe Orange tied on points for the ALMS Challenge Team Championship, but Snow Racing broke the tie by having three wins over the season compared to Gruppe Orange's one.

Pos Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1   Snow Racing 20 10 20 20 0 70
2   Gruppe Orange 0 20 13 16 21 70
3   Orbit Racing 0 16 16 10 25 67
4   P7 Racing 18 18
5   GMG Racing 0 13 13
6   Velox Motorsport 10 0 10

Driver championshipsEdit

Drivers who participated in races but failed to score points over the course of the season are not listed.

LMP1 standingsEdit

Pos Driver Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1=   David Brabham   Patrón Highcroft Racing 18 20 16 16 16 16 20 20 16 21 179
1=   Scott Sharp   Patrón Highcroft Racing 18 20 16 16 16 16 20 20 16 21 179
3=   Gil de Ferran   de Ferran Motorsports 0 13 20 20 20 20 16 16 12 25 162
3=   Simon Pagenaud   de Ferran Motorsports 0 13 20 20 20 20 16 16 12 25 162
5=   Jon Field   Intersport Racing 0 16 13 13 8 13 13 13 14 13 116
5=   Clint Field   Intersport Racing 0 16 13 13 8 13 13 13 14 13 116
7=   Johnny Mowlem   Corsa Motorsports 10 13 10 10 15 58
7=   Stefan Johansson   Corsa Motorsports 10 13 10 10 15 58
9=   Franck Montagny   Team Peugeot Total 26 30 56
9=   Stéphane Sarrazin   Team Peugeot Total 26 30 56
11=   Allan McNish   Audi Sport Team Joest 30 23 53
11=   Rinaldo Capello   Audi Sport Team Joest 30 23 53
13=   Bryan Willman   Autocon Motorsports 0 10 0 0 8 13 18 49
13=   Chris McMurry   Autocon Motorsports 0 10 8 0 13 18 49
15=   Nicolas Minassian   Team Peugeot Total 20 26 46
15=   Pedro Lamy   Team Peugeot Total 20 26 46
17=   Lucas Luhr   Audi Sport North America 23 20 43
17=   Marco Werner   Audi Sport North America 23 20 43
19   Chapman Ducote   Intersport Racing 0 16 13 13 42
20   Tony Burgess   Autocon Motorsports 0 10 0 13 18 41
21   Dario Franchitti   Patrón Highcroft Racing 18 16 34
22   Tom Kristensen   Audi Sport Team Joest 30 30
23   Sébastien Bourdais   Team Peugeot Total 26 26
24   Mike Rockenfeller   Audi Sport North America 23 23
25   Christian Klien   Team Peugeot Total 20 20
26=   Nicolas Lapierre   Team Oreca Matmut AIM 18 18
26=   Romain Dumas   Team Oreca Matmut AIM 18 18
28   Scott Dixon   de Ferran Motorsports 0 12 12
29   Michael Lewis   Autocon Motorsports 10 0 10

LMP2 standingsEdit

Pos Driver Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1=   Adrian Fernández   Lowe's Fernández Racing 30 20 20 20 16 20 20 20 26 25 217
1=   Luis Díaz   Lowe's Fernández Racing 30 20 20 20 16 20 20 20 26 25 217
3=   Butch Leitzinger   Dyson Racing Team 0 13 13 16 20 13 16 16 30 0 137
3=   Marino Franchitti   Dyson Racing Team 0 13 13 16 20 13 16 16 30 0 137
5   Klaus Graf   Team Cytosport 16 13 23 21 73
6=   Chris Dyson   Dyson Racing Team 0 16 16 13 0 0 10 0 55
6=   Guy Smith   Dyson Racing Team 0 16 16 13 0 0 10 0 55
8   Greg Pickett   Team Cytosport 16 13 0 21 50
9   Ben Devlin   Dyson Racing Team 0 30 0 30
10   Sascha Maassen   Team Cytosport 23 23
11=   Gunnar van der Steur   van der Steur Racing 13 0 0 0 13
11=   Adam Pecorari   van der Steur Racing 13 0 0 0 13

GT2 standingsEdit

Pos Driver Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1=   Patrick Long   Flying Lizard Motorsports 20 20 20 20 20 20 10 8 18 25 181
1=   Jörg Bergmeister   Flying Lizard Motorsports 20 20 20 20 20 20 10 8 18 25 181
3=   Jaime Melo   Risi Competizione 30 0 16 13 16 8 8 16 30 0 137
3=   Pierre Kaffer   Risi Competizione 30 0 16 13 16 8 8 16 30 0 137
5   Wolf Henzler   Farnbacher-Loles Racing 13 4 1 16 10 6 1 10 23 18 102
6=   Tommy Milner   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing 0 16 13 4 1 13 16 0 26 11 100
6=   Dirk Müller   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing 0 16 13 4 1 13 16 0 26 11 100
8=   Dominik Farnbacher   Panoz Team PTG 23 13 6 10 6 4 0 6 12 15 95
8=   Ian James   Panoz Team PTG 23 13 6 10 6 4 0 6 12 15 95
10=   Johnny O'Connell   Corvette Racing 16 13 20 16 21 86
10=   Jan Magnussen   Corvette Racing 16 13 20 16 21 86
12   Seth Neiman   Flying Lizard Motorsports 18 8 8 6 4 2 3 14 13 76
13   Mika Salo   Risi Competizione 30 30 60
14   Johannes van Overbeek   Flying Lizard Motorsports 18 6 4 4 14 13 59
15   Darren Law   Flying Lizard Motorsports 18 8 8 2 3 4 14 57
16=   Oliver Gavin   Corvette Racing 10 6 13 20 6 55
16=   Olivier Beretta   Corvette Racing 10 6 13 20 6 55
18   Marc Lieb   Flying Lizard Motorsports 20 18 54
  Farnbacher-Loles Racing 16
19   Dirk Werner   Farnbacher-Loles Racing 13 4 1 10 23 51
20=   Joey Hand   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing 0 0 3 3 13 3 20 2 0 0 44
20=   Bill Auberlen   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing 0 0 3 3 13 3 20 2 0 0 44
22   David Murry   Robertson Racing 14 6 2 1 2 1 4 1 11 0 42
23   Andrea Robertson   Robertson Racing 14 6 1 2 1 4 1 11 0 40
24   David Robertson   Robertson Racing 14 2 1 2 1 4 1 11 0 36
25   Johannes Stuck   T-Mobile VICI Racing 0 10 8 8 9 35
26   Richard Westbrook   T-Mobile VICI Racing 10 8 9 27
27=   Gianmaria Bruni   Advanced Engineering PeCom 26 26
27=   Matías Russo   Advanced Engineering PeCom 26 26
27=   Luís Pérez Companc   Advanced Engineering PeCom 26 26
27=   Jörg Müller   BMW Rahal Letterman Racing 26 26
31=   Marcel Fässler   Corvette Racing 20 20
31=   Tom Sutherland   LG Motorsports 13 7 20
31=   Tomy Drissi   LG Motorsports 13 7 20
34   Pierre Ehret   Farnbacher-Loles Motorsport 18 18
35   Lou Giglotti   LG Motorsports 0 10 0 7 17
36=   Tracy Krohn   Risi Competizione 16 16
36=   Eric van de Poele   Risi Competizione 16 16
36=   Niclas Jönsson   Risi Competizione 16 16
36=   Antonio García   Corvette Racing 16 16
40=   Joel Feinberg   Primetime Race Group 0 0 4 2 3 2 3 0 14
40=   Chris Hall   Primetime Race Group 0 0 4 2 3 2 3 0 14
42=   Richard Lietz   Farnbacher-Loles Racing 13 13
42=   Matt Bell   LG Motorsports 13 13
44   Bryce Miller   Farnbacher-Loles Racing 10 1 11
45   Eric Curran   LG Motorsports 0 10 10
46=   Nicky Pastorelli   T-Mobile VICI Racing 8 8
46=   Bryan Sellers   Team Falken Tire 0 0 8 8
46=   Dominic Cicero   Team Falken Tire 0 0 8 8
49   Martin Ragginger   Farnbacher-Loles Motorsport 6 6

ALMS Challenge standingsEdit

Driver points were awarded collectively, with all the drivers who have driven for a team being awarded the same number of points.

Pos Drivers No. Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1   Martin Snow #57   Snow Racing 20 10 20 20 0 70
  Melanie Snow 20 10 20 20 0
2   Nick Parker #02   Gruppe Orange 0 13 8 16 21 58
  Donald Pickering 13 8 16 21
  Carl Skerlong 0
3   Guy Cosmo #47   Orbit Racing 0 0 16 10 25 51
  John Baker 0 0 16 10 25
4   Wesley Hoaglund #36   Gruppe Orange 0 20 13 13 0 46
  Bob Faieta 0 20 13 13 0
5   Ed Brown #08   Orbit Racing 0 16 0 8 15 39
  Bill Sweedler 0 16 0 8 15
6   Robert Rodriguez #69   P7 Racing 18 18
  Galen Bieker 18
7   Bret Curtis #05   GMG Racing 0 13 13
  James Sofronas 0 13
8   Shane Lewis #88   Velox Motorsport 10 0 10
  Gerry Ventos 10
  Mitchell Pagerey 0

Team changesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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