The Oak Tree Grand Prix was held on Saturday at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR). The penultimate event of the American Le Mans Series gave fans much to celebrate. While several championships have now been determined, others remain up in the air and a few are even harder to predict after the Oak Tree results closed the points gaps in some races.
Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr continued to make headlines as the Muscle Milk Pickett racers extended their record-breaking streak to eight victories in a row. The pair have already locked up the team and drivers championships for LMP1, but they are still racing as if everything is on the line. The two beat Dyson Racing’s team of Guy Smith and Johnny Mowlem by over 20 seconds. Luhr is hoping to take his 50th career victory at Petit Le Mans, which will be the final ALMS race, not just of the season, but of all time.
The results in LMP2 were also decisive. Ryan Briscoe and Scott Tucker led Level 5 Motorsports to its seventh victory of the season. Level 5 also took third in class with the team of Guy Cosmo/Marino Franchitti/Stephan Johansson. The victory guarantees Level 5 will bring home the LMP2 team championship for the third consecutive year. Tucker currently has 24 ALMS victories and is looking to hit the magic number 25 in Atlanta.
The GT and GT Challenge battle offered one of the most exciting moments of the season. An interaction between Eduardo Cisneros (GTC) and Marco Holzer (GT) resulted in Cisneros’ car rolling twice in mid-air before dropping on the tire barrier, wheels down. Both drivers were able to walk away from the accident. The GT victory went to Risi Motorsports drivers Matteo Malucelli and Olivier Beretta while the LMPC was won by Chris Cumming and Kyle Marcelli of BAR1 Motorsports, who earned their second straight victory.
The final ALMS race will be the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 19th. The 1,000 mile race kicks off at 11:30 am EDT and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports 1 (check local listings for times).