43rd ALMS win made him series’ all-time leader
BRASELTON, Ga. – There was no special significance in Lucas Luhr’s 43rd career victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. At least there wasn’t in his eyes.
Yes it made him the championship’s all-time leader. And taking the American Le Mans Monterey with Klaus Graf in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Honda Performance Development ARX-03a was tremendously difficult given the back-and-forth battle with Neel Jani in the event’s latter half that saw four lead changes over the final 32 laps.
“It’s nice to be the ALMS driver with the most wins but honestly, I just think about taking things from race to race,” said Luhr who broke a tie with Risi Competizione’s Olivier Beretta. “Some people don’t get it. It’s not always about who has the quickest car. It’s who has the quickest car under all circumstances like in traffic.”
That’s how things played out Saturday. Luhr, a past factory driver for Porsche and Audi, was masterful in maneuvering through traffic during his roughly two-and-a-half hour stint. He certainly is well-versed in it over his 14-plus year ALMS career. Luhr has won races in three classes for four different manufacturers and is a five-time ALMS champion with titles in three classes.
The breakdown of victories? There have been 19 in GT2/GT, four in P2 and now 20 in P1. Of those 20, a dozen have come since 2011 as part of Greg Pickett’s Muscle Milk squad.
“A big thanks to them,” Luhr said Saturday. “It’s so comforting for a driver to come into the pits and you know not to worry, that the guys will get it done, that they have made the right decisions.”
The next round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. The race, from Lime Rock Park, is set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 6 with live coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Viewers outside the U.S. can watch races live on ALMS.com. The series’ website offers additional content such as live in-car cameras, timing and scoring, and car-to-pit radio for all users around the world.