Jason Workman and co-driver, Scott Bradley brought the Essex Racing Lola-Nissan LMP675 to yet another podium finish at the Grand Prix Americas on the Miami street circuit on September 28.

The fifth podium finish for Workman in the last seven races, and the seventh points-scoring finish in a row means Workman maintains his fourth place in the driver's standings with one race to go. No other driver in LMP675 has scored points as consistently.

The series championship goes down to the wire and will be determined at the season finale "Petit Le Mans" event at Workman's home track of Road Atlanta on October 18. The championship points were close headed to Miami and after the race, they are even closer with several drivers within a mathematical chance of winning the season prize.

"Miami was a challenge," said Workman. "The car picked up understeer in the race and with the slick surfaces common on a street circuit, plus all the traffic, the race was plenty exciting. I'm happy to come away with some very valuable points and keeping us in the points chase going into the last race. Petit Le Mans is my favorite race and I look forward to doing everything we can to have our best showing yet on the last race of the year!"

The third place finish was the result of a race long battle with Intersport Racing entry of Duncan Dayton and Jon Field, both in the points chase along with Workman. The entries swapped places several times and after a late race spin by the Intersport car, Workman and Bradley re-gained third place. Despite the increasingly wet and slippery conditions, Workman/Bradley managed to hold on to third place by less than a lap over the Intersport entry. By hanging onto third place, Workman closes the gap between himself and Dayton/Field.

"Those points were extremely valuable and I was very pleased that we managed to hang on for third place," noted Workman. "Scott did a great job bringing the car to the chequered. After the final event at Road Atlanta, we may get the chance to calculate just how valuable those few more points earned over Intersport were, but I'm grateful to have them in my column headed to Road Atlanta."

The ALMS takes a short break after Miami as the teams re-group and prepare for the series' showcase finale, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 18, 2003.

 

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