Road America Lap Time Comparison
Road America (4.048-mile)
2006 Lap Times
800hp Champ Car Lola-Cosworth _ 1:42.913
650hp ALMS P1 Audi R10 TDI _ 1:49.181
550hp ALMS P2 Porsche RS Spyder _ 1:51.199
300hp Atlantic Swift 016a-Cosworth _ 1:58.512
600hp ALMS GT1 Aston Martin DB9 _ 1:59.638
240hp Star Mazda _ 2:03.849
450hp ALMS GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR _ 2:07.355
185hp SCCA DSR Stohr WF1-Yamaha _ 2:08.1
Road America (4.048-mile) Course Map
interesting stuff, thanks.
Road America Track Record
Team: KOOL Green
Driver: Dario Franchitti
Racecar: 950hp Champ Car Reynard-Honda _ 1:39.866
Road America (4.048–mile)
2007 Lap Times
750hp Champ Car Panoz-Cosworth _ 1:41.535
650hp ALMS P1 Audi R10 TDI _ 1:47.665
500hp ALMS P2 Porsche RS Spyder _ 1:48.833
300hp Atlantic Swift-Cosworth _ 1:58.883
600hp ALMS GT1 Corvette C6-R _ 2:00.973
240hp Star-Mazda _ 2:06.670
480hp ALMS GT2 Ferrari F430GT _ 2:07.191
A Lap of Road America On-board a Champ Car
We were there. Lap times aside, the ALMS race was way more exciting. In fact, we went away wishing the Speed GT/Touring Car series had raced instead of ChampCar, which had about as much energy and charisma as mud.
One of the highlights for me was seeing the Maserati MC12. They have already announced they'll be at Road Atlanta for PLM.
For some reason, the MC12 is no match for the Corvette C6-R at Road America.
How does the MC12's engine sound compare to the C6-R?
225hp BMW 330Ci (stock) 2:59.3
BTW: I thought ChampCar was boring and lackluster (race and series). Despite what CCWS may say about attendance, there were fewer people there on Sunday for the ChampCar race. I know that because we had a much easier time parking as we drove around the track. I doubt I will again pay extra to see ChampCar. In fact I really missed the Speed World Challenge Touring car and GT races that usually accompany ALMS -- I'd much rather have them than the CCWS.
In terms of competitiveness and development speed, FIA GT Championship is no match for LMS/ALMS. It's mostly a bunch of second-tier customer teams in FIA GT, running 2-hour races (with the exception of Spa 24hr) in only 2 classes. LMS/ALMS is where the big names play. ACO invite 4 top FIA GT teams to Le Mans each year, most times they can't keep up.
As for engine sound, there is no similarity at all between the small block V8 and the Ferrari V12, just as in their road legal form. The C6.R is a constant thunder, whereas the MC12 is a screamer.
I happen to enjoy what little FIA GT racing we get to watch. Doesn't matter if it is second tier and not as prestigious as ACO/IMSA racing. I really enjoyed seeing at in ALMS and look forward to it's return. It may not be competitive against the C6.R, but it's better than the silliness of them only racing each other.
Oh yea it's definitely a good thing to see the MC12 racing on this side of the pond again, albeit noncompetitively. And I didn't mean to knock the FIA GT Championship. It's just that I think it's a waste of talent for the MC12 to only compete in FIA GT. In good hands, with proper development, that car has huge potential.
They're making it easier to drag the wives along to races (although I'm lucky in that my wife is at least as big a fan as I am, if not more so). :)
Road America Records
2000 CART Reynard-Honda _ 1:39.866
2007 Champ Car Panoz-Cosworth _ 1:41.535
2008 ALMS P1 Audi R10 TDI _ 1:46.935
2008 ALMS P2 Acura ARX-01B _ 1:47.345
1992 IMSA GTP Eagle-Toyota _ 1:47.913
1973 Can-Am Porsche 917/30 _ 1:57.518
2012 SCCA DSR West-Suzuki _ 1:58.594
2007 Atlantic Swift-Cosworth _ 1:58.883
2006 ALMS GT1 Aston Martin DBR9 _ 1:59.638
2011 Grand-Am DP Dallara-Chevy _ 2:01.050
2006 Star Mazda _ 2:03.849
2012 ALMS GT Porsche 911 RSR _ 2:04.415
There are a lot of lap records held by late 90s / early 2000s champ cars which will probably stand for a long time. Those cars from that era represent the pinnacle of speed and technical sophistication in North American circuit racing machinery. With the obvious exception of F1, which mostly continues to move forward, nothing today compares. A champ car from 10 yrs ago is a very badass machine.
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