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Muscle Milk Pickett Racing return to ALMS action
29th June 2012
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing return to ALMS action
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is looking forward to returning to action next week when racing resumes in the American Le Mans Series July 6 - 7 at Lime Rock Park.
After a seven-week break in the racing schedule, and a successful test at Virginia International Raceway a few weeks ago, the team is set to take on the remainder of the season. It promises to be very busy over the next few months with the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix being the first of six events taking place in the next 11 weeks.
Heading to Lime Rock Park is always special for the Muscle Milk squad as it was the scene of its first overall victory in the ALMS. Now, two years later, the team is searching for its ninth overall win as it enters the fourth round of the 2012 season.
The duo of Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr, who scored victories at the two previous events this season at Long Beach and Laguna Seca, is aiming for a trouble-free race at the 1.474-mile, 7-turn road course in order to keep building on their Championship lead.
However, with 32 cars entered to race on what is the shortest track on the ALMS schedule it won't be an easy task, as the team learned the hard way last year. While Graf and Luhr went on to finish second in 2011, they had described their race as a 'tough day at the office' after both being on the receiving end of contact with GT cars.
The Greg Pickett-led team is hoping for a better outcome aboard its #6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a, which is making its first appearance at Lime Rock Park. Graf and Luhr will be on track starting Friday, July 6 for practice and qualifying.
After fielding a PC car for the first three races of the season for Mike Guasch and Memo Gidley, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is returning to a one-car effort after coming to a parting of the ways with Mike Guasch.
"Although we were both pleased with the PC teams performance and progress, I thought it was just better to go our separate ways," commented Team Owner Greg Pickett, who also stated that Memo Gidley will continue to be a multi-sport Muscle Milk sponsored athlete.
The American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix goes green on Saturday, July 7th at 3:05 pm ET and will be broadcast on ESPN2 starting at 4:00 pm ET.
Muscle Milk Quotes
Klaus Graf, #6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a
"What they call 'English weeks' in soccer is what we're going into now with the race at Lime Rock Park. Having six races in 11 weeks will be brutal for both drivers and teams but we're looking forward to it.
"Muscle Milk Pickett Racing used the Le Mans break very well as we were finally able to spend some valued time with our HPD ARX-03a. We had a successful test at VIR a couple of weeks ago and learned a lot there. I'm sure a lot of that will translate over to Lime Rock and help us throughout the season.
"The Lime Rock circuit is one of the toughest every year because the track is very physical due to its short length, there is lots of traffic and some very humid weather conditions in Connecticut in July!
"Our goal at Lime Rock is simple. We want to race smart again, make no mistakes in traffic and keep our winning streak alive."
Lucas Luhr, #6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a
"I can't wait to go back racing with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, it has been a long break and I'm looking forward to getting back on track in the ALMS.
"We took advantage of the break to test at VIR with our Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a and we were really happy with what we learned and it will certainly help us throughout the season.
"Lime Rock is a very short track and traffic is always an issue there. The key is to get through the traffic without contact but as we saw last year, it's not always easy.
"We are going into Lime Rock leading the championship and our goal is to have increased that lead afterwards, everybody at Pickett Racing is working very hard on that.
"I enjoy going to Lime Rock. The area is always very nice and there are always a lot of fans. This year, I'm bringing my family and they are looking forward to seeing an ALMS race in person."
American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix
Lime Rock Park, 1.474-mile, 7-turn road course, Lakeville, CT
July 6 - 7, 2012
American Le Mans Series: Round #4 of 10
Race Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes
ALMS TV Broadcast:
Race: ESPN2 Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
ALMS live online coverage:
United States: ESPN3.com
Qualifying - Friday, July 6, 2012: 3:05 pm - 4:20 pm ET
Race - Saturday, July 7, 2012: 2:45 pm - 6:15 pm ET
Live International Broadcast:
MotorsTV - Live on Saturday, July 7
Fox Sports Middle East - Live on Saturday, July 7
Fox Latin American Networks - Live on Saturday, July 7
Rogers SportsNet - Live Saturday, July 7 at 3:00 pm ET
Schedule (All times Eastern):
Friday, July 6, 2012:
Practice: 10:00 am - 10:30 am (GT/GTC)
Practice: 10:30 am - 11:30 am (All Classes)
Practice: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm (P1/P2/PC)
Qualifying: 3:10 pm - 3:25 pm (GTC)
Qualifying: 3:25 pm - 3:40 pm (GT)
Qualifying: 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm (PC)
Qualifying: 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm (P1/P2)
Saturday, July 7, 2012:
Warm up: 10:00 am - 10:30 am (All Classes)
Autograph Session: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
ALMS Race: 3:05 pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
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