Penske Porsches Finish Second, Fourth at Road America

August 10, 2008

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 9, 2008) – Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France), driving the No. 7 Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder, maintained their LMP2 drivers points lead by climbing up to second place (fourth overall) on the last part of the Generac 500 at Road America Saturday.

Bernhard and Dumas, who won the LMP2 championship a year ago with podium finishes in all 12 races, have now extended that streak to 27 straight races dating back to Mid-Ohio 2006, and given Porsche a 13-point lead over Acura. 

“Because of the good points situation, the results today were okay, but after all the hard work the team put into this weekend, we have to be a bit disappointed,” said Bernhard.  “We had a pit strategy that would have put us in a position to win, but all the late yellow flags gave the others a chance to catch up.  Still, we achieved our overall strategy – progress towards another championship.”

The No. 6 Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder of Patrick Long (USA) and Sascha Maassen (Germany) finished in fourth spot (sixth overall).

“Our drivers did a great job. They were smart when they needed to be smart; fast when they needed to be fast; and sacrificed personal glory for the team results when that was called for,” said Penske Racing team manager Jeff Swartwout.  “We stayed a good distance ahead of Acura in the championship, and it was great racing for the fans.”

The Generac 500 will be telecast in its entirety (four hours) on a delayed basis on Sunday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. EDT on the SPEED television network.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Mobil 1 presents Grand Prix of Mosport on Sunday, August 24 from Mosport International Raceway. The race will start at 3:05 p.m. ET with live television coverage on SPEED. XM Satellite Radio will air the race live on XM Channel 166.

Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable
Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Saturday's results

1. (1) Lucas Luhr, Germany; Marco Werner, Germany; Audi AG R10/TDI (1, P1), 102.
2. (3) Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Marcel Fässler, Switzerland; Audi AG R10/TDI (2, P1), 102.
3. (6) David Brabham, Australia; Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; Acura ARX-01B (1, P2), 102.
4. (5) Romain Dumas, France; Timo Bernhard, Germany; Porsche RS Spyder (2, P2), 102.
5. (10) Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Porsche RS Spyder (3, P2), 102.
6. (9) Sascha Maassen, Germany; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Porsche RS Spyder (4, P2), 102.
7. (8) Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Richard Berry, Evergreen, CO; Lola B06/10 AER (3, P1), 101.
8. (12) Ben Devlin, England; Gerardo Bonilla, Orlando, FL; Lola B07 46 Mazda (5, P2), 100.
9. (11) Guy Smith, England; Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Porsche RS Spyder (6, P2), 100.
10. (16) Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Corvette C6.R (1, GT1), 97.
11. (2) Franck Montagny, Brignoles France; James Rossiter, England; Acura ARX-01B (7, P2), 96.
12. (21) Bryce Miller, Hoboken, NJ; Richard Westbrook, England; Dirk Werner, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (1, GT2), 96.
13. (20) Jörg Bergmeister, Germany; Wolf Henzler, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (2, GT2), 96.
14. (18) Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Dirk Mueller, Germany; Ferrari F430 GT (3, GT2), 96.
15. (22) Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Patrick Pilet, France; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (4, GT2), 96.
16. (19) Jaime Melo, Brazil; Mika Salo, Finland; Ferrari F430 GT (5, GT2), 96.
17. (17) Terry Borcheller, Vero Beach, FL; Chapman Ducote, Miami, FL; Aston Martin Vantage (2, GT1), 95.
18. (7) Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Simon Pagenaud, France; Acura ARX-01B (8, P2), 94.
19. (13) Ryan Lewis, UK; John Faulkner, Pittsford, NY; Gregor Fisken, Scotland; Lola B06-10 AER (4, P1), 94.
20. (25) Robert Bell, UK; Harrison Brix, San Jose, CA; Ferrari F430 GT (6, GT2), 94.
21. (28) Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (7, GT2), 94.
22. (27) Francisco Pastorelli, Netherlands; Marc Basseng, Germany; Nicky Pastorelli, Netherlands; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (8, GT2), 91.
23. (24) Alex Figge, Hollywood, CA; Jim Tafel, Alpharetta, GA; Ferrari F430 GT (9, GT2), 91.
24. (29) Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, GA; Doran Ford GT-R (10, GT2), 89.
25. (4) Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (9, P2), 88.
26. (31) Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, UK; Aston Martin Vantage (11, GT2), 84.
27. (26) David Murry, Cumming, GA; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT-R (12, GT2), 80.
28. (15) Oliver Gavin, England; Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Corvette C6.R (3, GT1), 76, Accident.
29. (23) Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Panoz Esperante Ford (13, GT2), 50.
30. (30) Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (14, GT2), 47, Half shaft.
31. (14) Michael Lewis, San Diego, CA; Chris McMurry, Phoenix, AZ; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Creation CA07-002 Judd (5, P1), 35, Gearbox.