ALMS » 25 August 2003
Lehto and Herbert win Road America 500.
"I tried to pass him (O'Connell) under the bridge but he shut the door on me," said Magnussen. "Then I braked (going into one) about a hundred meters later than I had all weekend. I knew he was going to try and block and I passed him anyway. Then I backed out and it worked. We talked on the podium and he's not as thrilled about it as I am, but we're good friends and he'll get some payback at another time."
"There at the end, I opened the door and he (Magnussen) just shot through," said O'Connell. "Jan was pushing really hard and it doesn't take much with someone like him behind you (to lose the position). I thought I had David Brabham pretty locked up so I wasn't trying to worry about him. But it was very difficult to concentrate, I was so worn down mentally and physically. My body was actually tingling. I thought there were Audis racing behind me, so I moved over from them. It was a mental mistake, it won't happen again. You can't just get caught up in each battle, you have to think about the war. Even with this second (place) we opened up our lead (in the championship) but the mental mistake is something you want to do over."
"The #80 car was just a little quicker than us at the end," said Fellows. "Johnny was doing his best, he drove his heart out. They were a little stronger. Our strength is handling, theirs is straight line speed and it looks like speed is the way to go today. Our result is nothing to be ashamed of."
The Michael Petersen-White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RS scored its first-ever win in the ALMS, taking GT class honours with drivers Johnny Mowlem and Craig Stanton.
"We've been consistent," said Mowlem, whose only previous ALMS win had come at Laguna Seca in 1999. "We lost a lap in the yellow, but worked our way up and then slowed down to protect the car. It's nice to win one. At Sebring we were second, and we worried Alex Job. I drove with Bob Wolleck in this car in 2001. We put the differential in that he liked and its doing a bloody good job. We need to spend more time testing because changes on this (the new) car don't react like the old one."
Kevin Buckler and Cort Wagner finished second in class in The Racers Group Porsche, with the Zip Racing Porsche of Andy Lally, Steve Ivankovich and Spencer Pumpelly third. Uncharacteristically, both cars from the Alex Job Racing stable experienced problems in the event, ending the team's undefeated streak in 2003.
The next race for the American Le Mans Series will be the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Sept. 5-7.
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