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Posted on September 29, 2015

Michelin Technical Partner Teams to settle TUDOR Championship at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. (September 29, 2015) - Michelin will look to close out a highly successful 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season at Petit Le Mans, October 3, at Road Atlanta.

The battles to claim the respective GT Le Mans (GTLM) driver, team and manufacturer championships will be decided amongst three Michelin technical partner teams with a fourth riding a streak of three consecutive podiums.

The Porsche North America factory team and driver Patrick Pilet currently lead the championships on the strength of three victories. Pilet and co-driver Nick Tandy reeled off consecutive wins at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Road America and VIRginia International Raceway.

Tandy missed two TUDOR Championship races while helping Porsche prepare for its overall victory at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. He co-drove the winning car with fellow Porsche North America factory driver Earl Bamber and Formula 1’s Nico Hulkenberg.

BMW Team RLL has also celebrated three GTLM class victories in the 2015 TUDOR Championship: Long Beach, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Circuit of the Americas. Drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner claimed the latter two wins and are now just three points adrift of Pilet and the Porsche North America team.

Corvette Racing and drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, the 2013 champions, opened the 2015 TUDOR Championship season with victories at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Horus of Sebring. They are currently 10 points back in the championship.

Their Corvette Racing teammates Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Jordan Taylor completed a Corvette Racing endurance triple crown by taking GTE-Pro honors at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans. Corvette Racing has eight victories at Petit Le Mans.

The Houston based Risi Competizione Ferrari team and drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer have scored five podium finishes in the first nine races of the 2015 TUDOR Championship, including the last three consecutive events.

Michelin teams have swept the GTLM class podiums at seven of the nine TUDOR Championship races to date.

“Road Atlanta is a fast, high energy track and places a lot of demands on tires,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsports for Michelin North America. “Racing for 10 hours opens up a lot of strategic options for the teams. Our objective for Petit Le Mans is the same as always; to help our drivers, teams and manufacturers be successful.”

TUDOR Championship Driver Championship Standings:

1

Patrick Pilet

279

2

Dirk Werner & Bill Auberlen

276

3

Antonio Garcia & Jan Magnussen

269

4

Giancarlo Fisichella & Pierre Kaffer

266

 

TUDOR Championship Team Championship Standings:

1

No. 911 Porsche North America

279

2

No. 25 BMW Team RLL

276

3

No. 3 Corvette Racing

269

4

No. 62 Risi Competizione

266

 

TUDOR Championship Manufacturer Championship Standings:

1

Porsche

290

2

BMW

287

3

Chevrolet

274

3

Ferrari

274

 

For more information contact:

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.com                                                    

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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