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Drayson Racing Heats Up ALMS Season in Salt Lake City

5th July 2010

Drayson Racing will turn-up the heat in the American Le Mans Series Le Mans Prototype (LMP) category at the 11 July Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix. With the 24 Hours of Le Mans now behind the United Kingdom-based team, Drayson Racing can give full focus in the effort to winning the ALMS LMP championship in the No.8 Drayson Racing Lola Coupé with Judd Power. The team comes to Miller Motorsports Park (MMP), Round Four of the LMP title chase, with the intent to achieve the team's first Series' podium and generate momentum towards the final six races on the ALMS schedule.

The mid-summer race on the 3.048-mile/4.905Km 'outer loop' of the MMP will prove heated. Temperatures at the facility just outside of Salt Lake City promise to be high, nearing 90F/32C. This will challenge drivers and engineers to keep operating temperatures under the bonnet and inside the helmet within performance parameters. Further challenging the task is the track's high altitude. At 4,381ft/1,335m the track is the highest on the 2010 schedule. The high ambient temperature and lower oxygen levels combine work to run operating temperatures higher exhausting both man and machine even more quickly. Lola, Judd and Drayson Racing engineering groups are taking the expectations of high temperatures into account. As such, they are planning the greatest amount of cooling for the cockpit and car systems through bodywork and hardware choices.

The current 15-turn layout provides a more flowing track with longer straightaways than previous iterations giving the assurance of heated competition as well. The Tooele facility should offer, for the first time since the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring, the larger displacement cars like the Judd V10 a slight advantage over the smaller, more nimble but less powerful entries in the class. However, the tight turns that do exist will afford precious passing opportunities for all four-categories of the two-hour and 45-minute race.

The Dale White (Bozeman, MT, USA)-managed organisation currently stands fourth in the LMP class Team Championship. Drayson and Cocker are tied for seventh in the Drivers Championship.

Live timing and scoring of all sessions can be found at www.americanlemans.com. The live radio call by Radio Le Mans can be heard at www.radiolemans.com and on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Television coverage of the Sunday race can be seen live on SPEED in North America at 16:30 (ET). MotorsTV will provide a tape-delayed broadcast, 18 July 16:45 UK)/17:45 (CET).

Quotes


Paul Drayson \\ Owner/Driver:
"This is a vital round in the ALMS championship and we recognise that we have to do well here to stay in the Championship hunt. We know the track at Miller Motorsports Park will play to the strengths of the Lola Judd and we need to exploit that advantage."

Jonny Cocker \\ Driver:
"Everyone I speak to has been telling me just how hot it's going to be at Salt Lake this year so I'm feeling mentally prepared for that for sure. I'm really looking forward to driving the Drayson Lola-Judd around Salt Lake. The track should really suit our car and the Lola is great fun in the high-speed corners. I can't wait! Now that we will be running two-hour and 45-minute races it does mean that we have less time to overcome a problem if we have an issue during the race and strategy is even more important than ever. We know exactly what we need to do as a team to win and that's key to success! We're looking good for a great result!"

Dale White \\ Team Manager:
"Miller Motorsports Park is the right place to regain momentum for the programme. We're starting a string of sprint races and events that come in quick succession. It is a great time to build confidence and go after the championships. This is where our complete attention is. Miller provides a lot of challenges with the heat and the altitude but we've kept that in mind and feel we have good systems in place to deal with it."

 

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