Penske Porsches Start Third, Sixth In Class at Elkhart Lake

August 8, 2008

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 8, 2008) - Romain Dumas (France), who shares the No. 7 LMP2 Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder with Timo Bernhard (Germany) broke the track qualifying record in the LMP2 class, but it wasn’t quite enough to capture the pole for their Porsche for Saturday’s four-hour Generac 500 at Road America. Dumas and Bernhard, defending overall race winners and 2008 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) LMP2 class championship points leaders, will start in third position in LMP2. 

The No. 6 Patrick Long (USA)/Sascha Maassen (Germany) Penske Porsche RS Spyder also broke the track qualifying record, but due to impressive competition, they will be starting sixth in class.

“In a four-hour race, we will have four or five pit stops, several yellow flags, and other events that will ultimately determine the outcome of the race,” said Long, former ALMS GT2 champion and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner. “The Acuras are fast, but we can win if we drive smart and out-maneuver the competition.”

The Generac 500 at Road America presented by Time Warner Cable is scheduled for Saturday, August 9. The four-hour race will start at 4 p.m. CDT.  Television coverage will be provided by SPEED on a delay basis, airing the event at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 10. Live radio coverage will be available from American Le Mans Radio at, which also will feature IMSA's Live Timing and Scoring.

Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable Road America Qualifying Results:

1. Marco Werner, Germany; Lucas Luhr, Germany; Audi AG R10/TDI (P1), 1:46.935, 136.28

2. Franck Montagny, Brignoles France; James Rossiter, England; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:47.345, 135.76

3. Marcel Fässler, Switzerland; Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Audi AG R10/TDI (P1), 1:47.579, 135.46

4. Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:47.639, 135.39

5. Timo Bernhard, Germany; Romain Dumas, France; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:47.736, 135.26

6. Scott Sharp, Jupiter, FL; David Brabham, Australia; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:47.774, 135.22

7. Gil de Ferran, Brazil; Simon Pagenaud, France; Acura ARX-01B (P2), 1:48.160, 134.73

8. Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Richard Berry, Evergreen, CO; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B06/10 AER (P1), 1:48.371, 134.47

9. Sascha Maassen, Germany; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:48.492, 134.32

10. Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:48.586, 134.21

11. Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Porsche RS Spyder (P2), 1:49.454, 133.14

12. Ben Devlin, England; Gerardo Bonilla, Orlando, FL; Lola B07 46 Mazda (P2), 1:51.187, 131.07

13. Ryan Lewis, UK; John Faulkner, Pittsford, NY; Gregor Fisken, Scotland; Lola B06-10 AER (P1), 1:51.359, 130.86

14. Chris McMurry, Phoenix, AZ; Bryan Willman, Kirkland, WA; Creation CA07-002 Judd (P1), 1:55.540, 126.13

15. Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Oliver Gavin, England; Corvette C6.R (GT1), 2:01.235, 120.20

16. Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Corvette C6.R (GT1), 2:01.876, 119.57

17. Terry Borcheller, Vero Beach, FL; Chapman Ducote, Miami, FL; Aston Martin Vantage (GT1), 2:04.562, 116.99

18. Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Dirk Mueller, Germany; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 2:06.083, 115.58

19. Jaime Melo, Brazil; Mika Salo, Finland; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 2:06.375, 115.31

20. Wolf Henzler, Germany; Jörg Bergmeister, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:06.415, 115.28

21. Richard Westbrook, England; Dirk Werner, Germany; Bryce Miller, Hoboken, NJ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:06.593, 115.12

22. Patrick Pilet, France; Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:07.522, 114.28

23. Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Tom Sutherland, Los Gatos, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Panoz Esperante Ford (GT2), 2:07.742, 114.08

24. Jim Tafel, Alpharetta, GA; Alex Figge, Hollywood, CA; Pierre Ehret, Santa Rosa, CA; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 2:08.385, 113.51

25. Harrison Brix, San Jose, CA; Patrick Friesacher, Austria; Ferrari F430 GT (GT2), 2:08.725, 113.21

26. David Murry, Cumming, GA; David Robertson, Ray, MI; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; Doran Ford GT-R (GT2), 2:10.330, 111.81

27. Nicky Pastorelli, Netherlands; Francisco Pastorelli, Netherlands; Marc Basseng, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:10.412, 111.74

28. Seth Neiman, Burlingame, CA; Lonnie Pechnik, Pacific Grove, CA; Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GT2), 2:10.872, 111.35

29. Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, GA; Doran Ford GT-R (GT2), 2:10.877, 111.35

30. Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chris Hall, Daytona, FL; Dodge Viper Comp Coupe (GT2), 2:11.803, 110.57

31. Paul Drayson, London, UK; Jonny Cocker, UK; Aston Martin Vantage (GT2), No Time.