If PR1/Mathiasen finishes fourth or higher at the 1,000 Mile 16th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered By Mazda at Road Atlanta, team driver Michael Guasch will win the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón Prototype Challenge Class Driver’s Championship. If the #52 Molecule FLM09 finishes ahead of the CORE autosport and the BAR1 Motorsports entries, Fresno, CA based PR1/Mathiasen will secure their first ALMS Team Championship. After nine grueling rounds of the 2013 season, both the driver’s and the team championships will be decided this Saturday during the season and ALMS series finale.
“We had a chance to secure everything earlier before Petit, but it didn’t happen and we have to look forward now,” Guasch stated after round nine at the Virginia International Raceway. “It’s all about Petit at this point. We can’t hold back and hope something happens to our competitors or coast around protecting a points lead. If we’re going to win these championships, we’re going to have to grab them by the neck and earn them on the track. I want nothing more than to win this race and this championship for the team and for all of our supporters and I’ll be doing everything in my power to get us there Saturday night.”
“It all comes down to Petit.”
Guasch will be rejoined by his fellow 2013 12 Hours of Sebring winning co-driver, David Cheng, fresh off his maiden LMP2 Class and Overall victory at the Zhuhai Round of the Asian Le Mans Series.
“I’ve been with PR1/Mathiasen for six years now and nothing would make me happier than to help them get the Championship they deserve,” Cheng explained. “PR1/Mathiasen was the dark horse at Sebring this year, nobody outside of our circle knew what to think of us. But after winning two races, scoring several podiums, taking pole at Baltimore and VIR, and leading the championship this year, I’m pretty sure the paddock has a good idea what to make of the team now! We have a target on our back for sure, but this isn’t the sort of team that allows outside distractions. I keep getting asked ‘How’s everyone dealing with the pressure?’ but to be honest, there hasn’t been any discussion or noticeable tension over the points. They are what they are so we’re going to do what we always do, work nonstop to make the #52 fast and reliable and push like hell to win our class!”
With two podium finishes, two pole position, and three fastest race laps in only three ALMS PC class starts, Dane Cameron knows that the #52 will be ready for the rigors of Road Atlanta
“I live nearby, so Road Atlanta has become my newly adopted home track,” Cameron explained. “I know this place well and it is by far one of my favorites. VIR didn’t go as planned, but that’s over with now, all of our attention is on Saturday’s race. 1,000 Hours at Road Atlanta is a tall order, but we’ve got a lot of momentum heading into the race and I know that the team will give us a fast car to take the fight to the CORE and BAR1 guys. It’s time to bring these championships home.”
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Team Principal, Bobby Oergel, already has his team up to speed at the dauntingly quick 2.54 mile Road Atlanta.
“We had a strong test session yesterday, having Michael set the benchmark for David who quickly got up to speed”,” Oergel said. “We had to hustle to get the car ready after the damage we suffered at VIR, a few of the guys stayed with the car in Indianapolis getting it back to race ready conditions, doing a great job as always. We’re now faced with a three-way fight amongst our season long competitors, whom I have all of the respect in the world for. Those guys will make it tough on us for certain. We’ve got 1,000 miles at one of the world’s trickiest tracks with 34 other cars out there. Everyone’s going to be pushing the limit, really trying to win the final American Le Man Series race. All we can do is keep to what has always worked for us. We got on the podium our first time here in 2010, won this race in 2011 on the second to last lap, and scored a third place here again last year after an enormously difficult year. Now is the time to remember what got us here and to let our abilities, our talents, and our drive take us to the top once again.”
16th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered By Mazda Race Coverage (Saturday, Oct. 19):
11 a.m. – Noon ET on FOX Sports 2
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX
Sports 2 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports
1 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2
Drivers and partners interested in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ALMS program can contact the team directly at email@example.com or at (559) 277-1300.
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About PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports
In paddocks packed with excellent teams and quality drivers, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has established itself as one of motorsport’s premier organizations. The operation is based in Fresno, CA where PR1/Mathiasen occupies a 5000 square foot facility that houses a stable of F2000 Zetec, F1600, GRAND-AM, and ALMS racecars, plus a full-time crew of technicians and engineers. Since 1990,PR1/Mathiasen has won 45 championships in a wide assortment of world-class series before joining the American Le Mans Series full-time in 2010. In just 25 races, the team has scored six pole positions and have won four races including victories at the legendary Road America, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, and the world renowned Twelve Hours of Sebring. The team’s alumni and active driver roster includes an impressive list of accomplished drivers including IndyCar stars J.R. Hildebrand and Charlie Kimball, sports car legends Luiz Diaz, Butch Leitzinger, and Marino Franchitti, and rising stars Jonathan Bomarito, Ryan Lewis, and Dane Cameron.