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Posted on June 29, 2015

Michelin takes second through eighth in wild Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 29, 2015) –  The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship  packed a year’s worth of plot twists and turns into the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen as the race of speed became a wild race of survival as Michelin teams claimed second through eighth place in the GTLM class.

The race took on a decidedly different character when sporadic rain cells of varying intensity appeared in the final two hours on the hilly, fast, 3.4 mile circuit. A series of yellow caution flags in the changing conditions in the final two hours left Michelin teams vulnerable to a late race fuel mileage gamble and paid off for the rival Walker Racing Falken Porsche when a final yellow flag appeared with just seven minutes remaining.  The race finished under the seventh yellow flag of the race.

Recent 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Earl Bamber and Porsche North America team co-driver Joerg Bergmeister finished second in the GTLM class, leading a five-some of Michelin technical partners on the class lead lap. Finishing third were Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner from BMW Team RLL, Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia finished fourth followed by Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer of Risi Competizione.

Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia of Corvette Racing and BMW Team RLL’s Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werrner are now tied for the TUDOR Championship GTLM driver championship lead as the teams head into the second half of the season.

“We had the technology and teams but certainly not the racing luck today,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsports for Michelin North America.  “Our full-wet tires and our cool/damp-conditions slicks performed well and we will take our lessons from here and get ready for the next race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 11.”

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John Love                                                                             Brian Remsberg

EMC Strategic Communications                                     Michelin North America

mobile: 313 506 2114                                                        office: 864 458 5908

office: 248 816 0106                                                          brian.remsberg@us.michelin.com

john@emcstrategic.co

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.




 

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