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Zytek, Porsche Make History

Tom Chilton and Hayanari Shimoda became the youngest pair of drivers to win a race in the American Le Mans Series after dominating the finale round at Laguna Seca

Chilton, 20, and Shimoda, 21, dominated the race in their Zytek 04S from pole position in the four-hour race. This was also Zytek's first ALMS win.

Shimoda passed James Weaver in the No. 16 Dyson Racing Lola near the two and a half hour mark to take the lead. Shimoda beat the No. 2 Champion Racing Audi R8 of Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela, the newly crowned LMP1 drivers Champions, by more than a minute.

"We've come to America three times and two of those times, we didn't finish the race," Chilton said. "The Zytek was faultless. Other than a little problem with the pit stops, it was very good. The circuit changes from lap-to-lap here, and you have to have your wits about you. It was a pretty faultless race, and we are very happy."

The runner-up sport for Pirro and Biela meant they secured podium finishes in all 10 ALMS events this season, which brought them their first title together.

"This race has been one tenth of a wonderful Championship," Pirro said. "I am so happy we ended this season with such a great race. My target was not just to finish, but to be in the top three because a race car driver is not only quick, but reliable."

Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen drove Penske Motorsports' No. 6 Porsche RS Spyder to an LMP2 victory in its maiden ALMS race.

The race was Porsche's first for a factory-built prototype since 1998, and had started impressively by breaking the track qualifying record in LMP2. The car was only seconds from the lead after the halfway point of the race.

"Everything happened like we expected," Maassen said. "It was crowded out there, and the traffic was incredible. It wasn't very easy. I wanted to be conservative, and the pit stops were incredibly good. We almost made it to the end but needed a splash of fuel. The car was very reliable and almost perfect."

Corvette Racing's No. 4 car won its fifth straight GT1 race to wrap up the class drivers Championship for Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin, their first as a duo. They beat their No. 3 sister car of Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell by more than a lap.

Beretta joined Fellows as the only two drivers in ALMS history to win three class Championships. Beretta won titles with Team ORECA in 1999 and 2000 as the chief rival of Corvette Racing in the early days of the ALMS.

Pos  Drivers                     Make                    Cl.  Laps
 1.  Chilton      Shimoda        Zytek 04S               P1   164
 2.  Biela        Pirro          Audi R8                 P1   164
 3.  Dyson        Wallace        Lola EX257 AER          P1   163
 4.  Werner       Lehto          Audi R8                 P1   163
 5.  Maassen      Luhr           Porsche RS Spyder       P2   163
 6.  Leitzinger   Weaver         Lola EX257 AER          P1   162
 7.  Beretta      Gavin          Corvette C6-R           GT1  158
 8.  Fellows      O'Connell      Corvette C6-R           GT1  157
 9.  Kox          Lamy           Aston Martin DB9        GT1  156
10.  Turner       Brabham        Aston Martin DB9        GT1  155
11.  Bucknum      McMurry        Courage C-65            P2   155
12.  Bach         Cosmo          Courage Mazda           P2   154
13.  Willman      Lewis          Riley & Scott MRK IIIC  P1   152
14.  Long         Bergmeister    Porsche 911 GT3 RSR     GT2  151
15.  Liddell      Auberlen       Panoz Esperante eGTLM   GT2  151
16.  Rockenfeller Henzler        Porsche 911 GT3 RSR     GT2  151
17.  van Overbeek Fogarty        Porsche 911 GT3 RSR     GT2  151
18.  Dumas        Bernhard       Porsche 911 GT3 RSR     GT2  150
19.  Borcheller   Mowlem         Saleen S7R              GT1  148
20.  Sudgen       Jackson        Porsche 911 GT3 RSR     GT2  148
21.  Franchitti   Sellers        Panoz Esperante eGTLM   GT2  147
22.  Pechnik      Neiman         Porsche 911 GT3 RSR     GT2  147
23.  Devlin       Van der Steur  Lola B2K/40 AER         P2)  139
24.  Weickardt    Rugulo         Dodge Viper             GT1  137
25.  Petrini      Fabris         Porsche 911 GT3 RSR     GT2  129
26.  Field        Halliday       Lola B05/40/AER         P2   125
27.  Bertolini    Simone         Maserati MC12           GT1   94
28.  Law          Baas           Porsche 911 GT3 RSR     GT2   33

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