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Patron-Highcroft Conquers Utah

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On: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 1:13PM | By: John Welch

Patron-Highcroft Conquers Utah

The American Le Mans Series threw down in Utah this weekend, the third race at the incredibly flat Miller Motorsports Park. Not that I dislike this 3.08 mile circuit, it's just really flat. Like a speedway infield, without the speedway. Just an observation.

Qualifying opened with blistering pace from the Lola-chassied cars. The Dyson Racing Mazda, now sporting Castrol Sponsorship, set a quick lap, the Intersport Lola hovered near the top of the time sheets, and the Drayson Racing LMP1 coupe was cookin' with gas! None of that mattered, however, because Patron-Highcroft came to play, as always. Despite an nearly 30 mph speed disadvantage on the straights, Simon Pagenaud was able to take pole position from the turbo-equipped Lolas.

So went the race. Though Intersport put up a hell of a fight, leading the first few laps and pulling out several seconds of lead, Jon and Clint Field were unable to keep the tires underneath them. After several fast laps the Intersport car invariably began slowing by five tenths a lap, handing the lead over to Drayson Racing and then, eventually, Patron-Highcroft. Taking their third win of the season, Patron was able to overcome their performance issues to take a strangle-hold on the Prototype points lead.

The GT battle was thrilling, for a minute. When the dust settled the win went to the Risi Competitzione Ferrari 430 GTE. The Corvettes, BMWs, and Porsches all fought hard, but the win was Risi's from the drop of the green flag.

LMPC honors went to number 55 Level Motorsports Courage/Chevrolet, and Tim Pappas won the GTC class in the No. 54 Porsche GT3C.

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