- Last Updated on 08:10 PM 09/13/12
- BY Karina Redmond/Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Public Relations
Benicia, Calif — Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is entering Saturday’s penultimate race of the American Le Mans Series season at Virginia International Raceway focused on having a trouble free four-hour endurance race, in what will be its first official visit to VIR.
Pickett Racing and drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr scored five wins in a row earlier this season, but the last couple of rounds at Road America and Baltimore have not gone in favor of the team led by Trans-Am legend Greg Pickett.
While they made an incredible run from four laps down to finish a mere, record-setting, 0.083 seconds from the winner at Road America, the Muscle Milk squad ran out of time at Baltimore to make another one of their miraculous comebacks and had to settle for third in class.
At VIR this weekend, the team is looking to turn things around and get back to its winning ways while increasing their lead in the Championship standings, which remains the team’s ultimate goal this year.
Two races ago, the Benicia, CA-based crew, had a 16 point lead in the standings, but with their recent issues, they’ve seen that gap cut down to nine points, with two races left this season.
Both Pickett Racing drivers, Germans Graf and Luhr, are focused on the task at hand and are looking forward to taking their Michelin-clad Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a around the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course, again.
The team and drivers had a successful test at VIR during the break in the racing schedule earlier this year and Graf and Luhr truly enjoyed all that the VIR track layout has to offer.
“I’m very much looking forward to the American Le Mans Series’ first trip to VIR,” expressed Graf.
“We had a very good test there in our summer break and I like the layout a lot. The track has a little bit of everything from elevation changes, quick corners, long straights and technical sections. It’s a great variety and it should suit our Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a really well.”
Luhr echoed his teammates thoughts.
“I can’t wait to get on track at Virginia International Raceway,” Luhr said.“It’s a really nice track and the layout is just great. It has something for everyone and it is very quick. We had a good test there earlier this year and it always helps to have knowledge of the track before going there to race for the first time.
“I hope the fans come out in great numbers to enjoy the show that the ALMS puts on,” added the German.
“At Muscle Milk Pickett Racing we’re hoping for a trouble free weekend and I know that everyone on the team is focused on that. With two races to go we can’t afford to lose anymore points towards the P1 Championship.”
The Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team along with their ALMS competitors will be on track for official practice starting today. Qualifying for the VIR 240 will take place today at 3:30 pm ET with the four-hour race going green on Saturday at 2:30 pm ET.