Muscle Milk wins in classic Monterey battle

May 11, 2013

Muscle Milk wins in classic Monterey battle

May 11, 2013

2013-05-11 at 21-31-45Muscle Milk Pickett Racing took its second consecutive victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today after Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf triumphed after a classic battle with Rebellion Racing.

2013-05-11 at 21-35-42After dominating early, the Muscle Milk HPD grabbed the lead mid race only to lose it to a charging Neel Jani after one of the late race yellow flags.

Jani made contact with Luhr to move through into the lead. However, the contact damaged a tire and the Swiss driver ran wide in the final corner and had to pit for a replacement.

Luhr was able to charge through to take the team’s second win of the year.

“It’s a fantastic day. What a race, I think this is sports car racing at its best,” Graf said.

“I’m very proud of the team. They did great pit stops, great strategy. My man here Lucas drove a hell of a race. We are a really good sports car paring right now.

“The Rebellion was a little faster on outright speed. But then they were out front for a while and we really had to push hard to keep up. At the end it came down to the moves Lucas made in passing Jani.

“They ran the same strategy, a good strategy, but today we have maybe a little better race-craft and a little more luck today for the win.”

In P2 Marino Franchitti and Scott Tucker were victorious in the four hour journey while CORE autosport’s shot at victory fell on the final restart when Colin Braun ran wide off the final turn and handed the lead to Luis Diaz.

In GT Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia were dominant throughout the race.  Magnussen passed the Falken Porsche on Lap 27 and the Danish/Spanish duo held the lead for the remainder of the race despite coming under intense pressure throughout.

Patrick Dempsey came within one lap of taking his first professional win when teammate Andy Lally was passed by Nick Tandy to take the GTC victory.

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