2013 AmERIcAN LE mANs sERIEs
reg Pickett never wavered in his
commitment to the LMP1 category,
and pulled no punches in his team’s
approach to the final season of U.S.
competition in the class. Drivers
Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf lacked for
nothing in the preparation of their
Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c, which won
14 of 20 races over the final two
years of the ALMS, including eight
consecutive triumphs in 2013.
Even on the rare occasion that
Graf and Luhr weren’t head and
shoulders above the others, such as
at VIR, a well-timed and executed pit
Beaten only twice during 2013, Graf and Luhr
finished fourth behind the two works Audis and
Rebellion at the Sebring season-opener, then
second to Rebellion at the Petit Le Mans finale.
Deciding the winner of the Prototype
Challenge class went beyond the last
checkered flag. After naming Chris
Cumming as champion following the Petit
Le Mans finale, officials realized that the
8Star team’s part-time drivers Ozz Negri
and Sean Rayhall were ineligible for points.
After a one-position gain for each full-timer,
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ Mike Guasch
took driver honors by one point.
“I was proud of how much I improved
over the year, how we won Sebring with
an all-Silver driver lineup,” said Guasch.
“When the news broke that we had won it
all, the feeling was just indescribable!”
Two class victories and perseverance
through – and even after – a long, hard
season earned Guasch the Prototype
Challenge crown at the 11th (er, 13th) hour.
stop by the Muscle Milk crew served
to put them back in front, and
Pickett’s pair of aces did the rest.
“The team has really grown since I
first joined at the end of 2010,”
noted Luhr. “The progression this
team has made is absolutely
outstanding. I think they are one of
the best sports car teams out there.”
Although an overheating issue at
Petit Le Mans thwarted the team’s
hopes of a winning sendoff, the end
of the category Muscle Milk Racing
made its own was as much a cause
for wistful thoughts.
“Any driver who has had the chance
to drive a P1 racecar will tell you how
satisfying it is to get behind the wheel
of one of them,” declared Graf.
But Luhr – who wound up the
winningest driver in the history of the
ALMS, with 49 victories and six driver
titles – focused on the positive after a
near-perfect campaign: “We need to
remember all the good times – and
there were plenty of those.” D a n