Porsche and Ferrari claim Michelin Green X Challenge at Lime Rock
The Porsche RS Spyder of Muscle Milk Team CytoSport turned the double play in the American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park taking the overall race win and the Michelin Green X Challenge here at the fifth stop of the 2010 ALMS season.
In the process of winning the two hour 45 minute event at the historic 1.53-mile circuit, the independent Benicia, Calif. based team and drivers Greg Pickett and Klaus Graf became the first to claim a second Michelin Green X Challenge victory in 2010.
The Michelin Green X Challenge victory was the fourth of the 2010 season for Porsche which earlier this week confirmed plans to enter its exciting new Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at the final race of the 2010 season.
Taking the Michelin Green X Challenge victory in the GT category was the Risi Competizione Ferrari F430GT driven by Mika Salo and Pierre Kaffer. One of ten ALMS GT class entries racing at Lime Rock Park on E85R fuel, the victory is the first in the Michelin Green X Challenge for the storied Houston-based team. Last year there were no E85R fueled GT entries at Lime Rock.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International to accelerate the development of new technologies and fuels through competition, the Michelin Green X Challenge recognizes the prototype and GT car that go farthest, fastest and with the smallest environmental footprint at each ALMS event.
In taking the GT victory, the Risi Ferrari becomes the ninth different car and Risi Competizione the eighth different team to earn a Michelin Green X Challenge victory in the first five races of the 2010 American Le Mans Series season.
“Once again, we saw that the same type of efficiency that produces speed in the racecar also helps produce a cleaner more efficient car,” said Silvia Mammone, manager motorsports, Michelin North America.