David Brabham's sterling efforts at Road America delivered yet another podium finish for Patrón Highcroft Racing, cementing his 20-point American Le Mans Series lead with just two rounds of the 2010 season remaining.
Once again Brabham, teamed with Simon Pagenaud, delivered perfect driving combined with clever team strategy to turn fifth on the grid to third overall.
The outstanding performance ensured the Highcroft duo protected their podium perfect performances this season, the Road America result joining a faultless record of three wins and three second places so far.
Pagenaud kicked off the round seven assault, charging up to second on the opening lap. He continued a strong session littered with safety car periods, temporarily dropping to third at the second restart before inheriting the lead after an hour from the Autocon car.
The Frenchman was stretching his advantage when the third caution came, causing the pits to close before the Highcroft HPD car could make its scheduled stop.
Finally able to pit with 1 hour 25 minutes to go, Brabham was delayed leaving the box when his seatbelt popped undone, allowing Klaus Graf's Porsche Spyder to jump position. Brabham joined in third and stayed under yellows for the majority of the first 30 minutes of his stint.
Returning to green flag racing with under an hour to go, Brabham took the opportunity to retake Graf for second while Johnny Cocker charged from third to take the lead in the Drayson Racing Lola.
The race battle soon became a fight to conserve fuel in an effort to avoid a splash and dash stop in the closing stages. While running on fuel save mode, Brabham did a sterling job to maintain position until Graf slipped back through while navigating traffic with 40 minutes remaining.
Brabham kept clocking up consistent lap times despite heavy traffic, keeping the lead pair in sight before reeling in the leaders approaching the final 20 minutes, at which point Drayson Racing was forced to pit for fuel.