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ALMS: Canadian Kyle Marcelli and BAR1 Motorsports wins Petit Le Mans LMPC Class

john thawley

Team ends season with three straight victories

It was the perfect way to end the season and mark the end of an era. BAR1 Motorsports came away from the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda with their third straight win.
 
The No. 8 Evident Capital Prototype Challenge car has virtually dominated the last three races of the season. After struggling with bad breaks and a DNF at the Baltimore Grand Prix, the team took their inaugural win at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, then again at the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. And finally winning the season finale, the prestigious 10-Hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Georgia. 
 
The 2013 Petit Le Mans marks the end of the 15-year run of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron as next year's championships will be run under the Tudor United SportsCar Championship banner. BAR1 Motorsports team owner, Brian Alder was pleased to see the team end the year capturing second place in both the Team and Driver Championships.
 
"Winning Petit is such an incredible accomplishment. Add to that, it was our third win in a row. It’s just incredible. It's the result of a Herculean effort on the part of every member of our team and fantastic performances from our drivers. These victories are truly shared by all.” 
 
“Here at Petit, we had our hands full.  Dealing with the changing weather conditions during the first quarter of the race, our engineers made great strategy calls, always staying step ahead of the weather. The crew conducted flawless pit stops all day long, continuously being the quickest off pit road each and every stop.” Commented Brian Alder, Team Owner  
 
"Chris [Cumming], Stefan [Johanson] and Kyle [Marcelli] did an amazing job and handled the changing track conditions flawlessly.  Kyle set fastest lap of the race and was perfect holding the lead in the final 2 hours of running.”
 
"Looking back over the season, I can't say enough about the effort this team has put forth all year long. To win the final 3 races of the season is a huge accomplishment and a great way to end the year. We also finished on the podium a total of eight times this season.  I think we have proved week in and out we are one of the premier teams in the highly competitive Prototype Challenge class.” Said Brian Alder
 
The new Tudor United SportsCar Championship season will open Jan. 25- 26 at Daytona International Speedway. The 52nd running of the Rolex 24 will be perhaps the most significant sports car race in the history of North America, as the debut event for the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

Photo: John Thawley

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