Pair Of Champions Line Up For Reloaded Team CytoSport

August 21, 2010

Pair Of Champions Line Up For Reloaded Team CytoSport

August 21, 2010

Timo Bernhard shares the No. 6 Muscle Milk Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder with Klaus Graf. Photo credit: Rick Dole for Michelin North America

Muscle Milk Team CytoSport is making the best of a difficult situation after team owner and driver Greg Pickett’s testing accident at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The team set up a temporary base in Indianapolis to build a new tub from the ground up after the team’s prior tub was destroyed in the accident. After missing the race at Mid-Ohio, the team is back and better than ever at Road America.

Porsche has offered two of its star factory pilots up in consecutive weeks as substitutes to race the RS Spyder prototype for the Benicia, Calif.-based team.

This year's 24 Hours of Le Mans winners Romain Dumas (center) and Timo Bernhard (right) will race in the next two rounds of the ALMS season for Muscle Milk Team CytoSport. Photo credit: Rick Dole for Michelin North America

Standing in Pickett’s place for the next two races are two American Le Mans Series champions, Porsche RS Spyder veterans, and the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winners. Klaus Graf will be joined by Timo Bernhard this weekend at Road America and Romain Dumas the following week at Mosport. The team’s regular third driver Sascha Maassen is unavailable for the two events but should be among the drivers in the car at the season-ending Petit Le Mans.

Bernhard, Dumas, and Mike Rockenfeller won at Le Mans this year in the Audi R15 Plus TDI. Additionally, Bernhard and Dumas won the LMP2 class title in consecutive years driving the Roger Penske-owned and prepared Porsche RS Spyder in 2007 and 2008.

This weekend marks Bernhard’s second ALMS start of the year, as he also competed in a Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the six-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. in May.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Muscle Milk Team CytoSport, and it’s great to come back to the ALMS, especially with the RS Spyder, the car that I had so much success with,” Bernhard said.

An ace at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course, Bernhard counts four prior victories at Road America with two apiece in both the prototype and GT ranks.

“Road America has all you can ask for as a race car driver. Quick corners, long and short, elevation changes, technical corners and flat out ones. I have good memories of that track since I won there two times in the GT class and two times in LMP2. The best memory though was the overall victory against the LMP1 cars with the Porsche RS Spyder and Team Penske (in 2007).”

Not only is Bernhard one of the Road America star pilots, but he also has a new ring to go along with his new driver’s suit this weekend. Bernhard got married last week.

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