ALMS Belle Isle, 2007

Thanks to some VIP access (thanks again JB), these are some of my best race pictures. The ALMS really knows how to put on a good event. And the weekend double headers with Indycar are a real bargain. I highly recommend you catch one if you are a road racing fan. The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix was promoted by Roger Penske, so you know it was done with an eye on the details and run professionally. Penske reportedly invested millions in this event, including extensive refurbishment of the Belle Isle park. Detroit held up it's end of the deal by supplying a large and enthusiastic group of volunteers and a good race crowd. The festival surrounding the event was impressive, and bodes well for a successful repeat event in 2008.

Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch
Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Mich.
Race Results
1. (2) Timo Bernhard, Germany; Romain Dumas, France; Porsche RS Spyder (1, P2), 106.
2. (8) Marco Werner, Germany; Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Audi AG/R10/TDI (2, P1), 106.
3. (7) Allan McNish, Scotland; Rinaldo Capello, Italy; Audi AG/R10/TDI (3, P1), 106.
4. (9) Andy Wallace, England; Butch Leitzinger, State College, PA; Porsche RS Spyder (4, P2), 106.
5. (5) David Brabham, Australia; Stefan Johansson, Sweden; Acura/ARX-01a (5, P2), 106.
6. (6) Luis Diaz, Mexico; Adrian Fernandez, Mexico; Lola/B06-43/Acura (6, P2), 106.
7. (4) Guy Smith, England; Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Porsche RS Spyder (7, P2), 106.
8. (11) Ben Devlin, England; Jamie Bach, Saukville, WI; Lola/B07-40/Mazda (8, P2), 105.
9. (1) Ryan Briscoe, Australia; Sascha Maassen, Germany; Porsche RS Spyder (9, P2), 104.
10. (12) Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Johnny O`Connell, Flowery Branch, GA; Corvette C6.R (10, GT1), 103.
11. (13) Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Oliver Gavin, England; Corvette C6.R (11, GT1), 102.
12. (16) Mika Salo, Finland; Jaime Melo, Brazil; Ferrari 430GT Berlinetta (12, GT2), 101.
13. (18) Darren Law, Phoenix, AZ; Patrick Long, Oak Park, CA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (13, GT2), 101.
14. (17) Dirk Mueller, Germany; Peter Dumbreck, Scotland; Ferrari 430GT (14, GT2), 100.
15. (15) Eric Helary, France; Gianmaria Bruni, Italy; Ferrari 430GT Berlinetta (15, GT2), 100.
16. (10) Greg Pickett, Alamo, CA; Klaus Graf, Germany; Lola B06/10 AER (16, P1), 99.
17. (19) Dominik Farnbacher, Germany; Jim Tafel, Alpharetta, GA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (17, GT2), 98.
18. (25) Tim Pappas, Boston, MA; Terry Borcheller, Vero Beach, FL; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (18, GT2), 98.
19. (3) Marino Franchitti, Scotland; Bryan Herta, Valencia, CA; Acura/ARX-01a (19, P2), 92.
20. (22) Bill Auberlen, Hermosa Beach, CA; Joey Hand, Sacramento, CA; Panoz Esperante GTLM (20, GT2), 73.
21. (23) Joel Feinberg, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Chapman Ducote, Miami, FL; Dodge Viper (21, GT2), 67.
22. (21) Ralf Kelleners, Germany; Tom Milner, Leesburg, VA; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (22, GT2), 61, Mechanical.
23. (20) Johannes van Overbeek, San Francisco, CA; Jörg Bergmeister, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (23, GT2), 57.
24. (25) Robin Liddell, Scotland; Wolf Henzler, Germany; Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (24, GT2), 53.
25. (14) Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Richard Berry, Evergreen, CO; Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Creation/CA06H/Judd (25, P1), 1, Engine.
26. (26) David Robertson, Ray, MI; Andrea Robertson, Ray, MI; David Murry, Cumming, GA; Panoz Esperante GTLM Elan (26, GT2), 0.

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Dyson, Porsche, IMSA. Some of our favorite names in sportscar racing.
Test fitting in the Dyson Porsche for Sandy.
Kind of makes you want to buy a set of Kuhmo Ecsta V710 competition tires, doesn't it?
Did you know that the Ecsta V700 can be mounted "inside out" to extend the life of the tires, while providing racers with excellent performance and increased value?
OK, this is a good use for a Cayanne. ALMS fast response medical truck.
coochie coo
Bobby Rahal, one of the dual team owners who got to enjoy a double header weekend with the Indycar series.
Ok Corvette fans... a diesel vette. Outrage or interesting?
Pay no attention to the wife behind the curtain.

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