TOP SPOTS ELUDE PORSCHE GRAND-AM TEAMS AT LAGUNA
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MONTEREY, CA (May 17) - A stop-and-go penalty for jumping a restart was very costly to Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard (Germany) and his Penske Porsche Riley teammate Romain Dumas (France)
Sunday during the Verizon Wireless Festival of Speed, the fourth race of the 2009 Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

Running a strong third, Bernhard was penalized for jumping the restart on lap 77. He was just 0.819
seconds behind leader Scott Pruett at the time, and after making his penalty pit stop, he fell to seventh
place, 14 seconds behind with just 33 minutes left in the 2 hour, 45 minute race at Mazda Raceway
Laguna Seca.

The Penske team wound up finishing sixth, 13.3 seconds behind the winning Pontiac Riley of Jon Fogarty
(Bend, OR) and Alex Gurney (Irvine, CA). The #58 Brumos Porsche Riley entry of Darren Law (Phoenix,
AZ) and David Donohue (Malvern, PA) finished eighth, the last car on the lead lap, and lost their Daytona Prototype driver's championship points lead. The #59 Brumos Porsche Riley of JC France (Ormond
Beach, FL) and Joao Barbosa (Portugal) lost 10 laps making repairs to a broken suspension and finished
25th overall and 14th in DP.

While the Daytona Prototype teams were disappointed, the Rolex GT entry of Leh Keen (Charleston, SC)
and Dirk Werner (Germany) recorded the 245th podium finish for Porsche in Rolex Grand-Am GT competition. They drove their #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry to a third-place GT finish. Porsche has earned nearly three times as many GT podium finishes of any other manufacturer. Spencer Pumpelly/Ted Ballou finished fourth in their TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup,
enabling Pumpelly to retain the GT championship lead by a single point over Keen/Werner.

But the tale of the day was in Daytona Prototype competition.

"We definitely had the car to win today," Bernhard said. "On the restart I accelerated with everybody
else, and then the guy ahead of me braked again. When I saw the green flag, I went to the left and
everybody was braking - 'Oh, what happened?'. I was afraid to hit my Brakes because everybody went with me and they would have hit me. In the end it was a problem (penalty) so I came in for the stop-and-go. Afterwards, I made up two positions, but the 60 car blocked me big time, which is not nice when you are racing so hard to win."
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