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Grand Am: Lexus gets first win with Pruett, Papis.

However, the team overcame a severely damaged nose when Said made contact with the #77 G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3 RS, and the duo brought the car home 20 seconds ahead of the #66 The Racers Group Porsche GT3 RS of Ian James, RJ Valentine and Chris Gleason. The #33 Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Maserati Light GT co-driven by Joao Barbosa, Emil Asentato and Stephen Earle was third.

"(The car) ran great all day," Said remarked. "Then I came up on the #77 Porsche on the corner coming up on the straightaway. I wasn't going to pass it, but something broke or he hit the brakes on accident and I got into it. It was a dumb mistake on my part. Sometime when you have a big lead, you are just cruising and you don't concentrate as hard. That's what happened today. We had a lot of speed left in the car; it was really tough car."

The victory also moved Said and Auberlen into the GT points lead after four of 12 races.

"Sometimes we need a little luck," Auberlen said. "Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. When we got in that thing with the other Porsche, it could have ended our day. Luckily, it broke just enough parts that we could fix it. Up until that point the BMW and the PTG team was perfect. Let's just put this thing back together and go to the next race and hope for the best."

In Super Grand Sport action, the #36 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup of Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas had a flawless afternoon, and the driving duo widened their points lead with a two-lap victory over their TPC Racing teammates Andy Lally and Marc Bunting in the #38 Porsche GT3 Cup. Quebecois Marc-Antoine Camirand and Normand Guindon finished third in the #07 Powell Motorsport Corvette. It was the second straight victory for the #36, and the drivers have not failed to finish outside the top-two positions yet this season.

"This is the third year I have driven with Michael Levitas," Pobst said. "This year Michael has really raised the level of the team. We have a new crew of young men he hired out of a tech school in the Baltimore-Maryland area. They don't know a lot about racing, but they know about working on cars. They've done a fantastic job. After a six hour race, they run first and second. Michael builds some fast Porsches. We just got them covered."

"This is two in a row," Levitas added. "It was great to have the Turbo Performance team do just a stellar job. The guys are just amazing. The teammate work was just so fantastic. They boys never miss a beat."


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