Audi close in on title in America
The final sprint in the American Le Mans Series starts with two races within one week. On Sunday (26 August), the world’s fastest sportscars start at Mosport close to Toronto (Canada). ‘Motor Town’ Detroit (Michigan state) hosts the popular sportscar racing series the following Saturday.
Audi has excellent chances of clinching the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ titles early at either Mosport or Detroit. The Audi R10 TDI, which produces almost 650 hp, is still unbeaten in its class and, with eight wins and seven second-places this year, the most successful car in the American Le Mans Series, followed by the Chevrolet Corvette (eight wins, six second-places) and the Porsche RS Spyder (seven wins, six second-places). For Audi, it would be the eighth successive title in America and the second with TDI Power.
In the Drivers’ Championship, Dindo Capello and Allan McNish hold a 22 point lead over team-mates Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner with four races to go. All four Audi drivers are looking forward to both the Canadian ‘away’ race in the American Le Mans Series and the ‘home’ race in Detroit.
Audi of America has its headquarters in Auburn Hills approximately 30 miles from the circuit, which is situated on an island in the Detroit River. The "Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix" was last held in 2001 and now brings motorsport back to the heart of the American metropolis. Detroit is the fourth street circuit for the Audi R10 TDI after St. Petersburg, Long Beach and Houston.