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MAUMEE VALLEY REGIO N PORSCHE CLUB O F AMERICA
VO LUME 37 ISSUE 7 August, 2009
for Porsche enthusiasts in the Maumee Valley since 1972
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Table of ContentsTable of ContentsTable of ContentsTable of Contents
2009 Officers & Chairs 4
ALMS report 5
June Concours report 7
Calendar of Events 8
MVR Membership News 12
MVR Mart 17
the Checkered Flag! 18
Vorschall! Looking Ahead!
13 Business Meeting 15 House Party at Schoen’s
SEPTEMBER 12 Cookout at Toledo
Photo on cover: Lisa and Michael Soriano Photo by Jeanne Krauser
The 2009 MVR OfficersThe 2009 MVR OfficersThe 2009 MVR OfficersThe 2009 MVR Officers PresidentPresidentPresidentPresident Todd Mierzwiak 419-283-5593
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LIZARD PORSCHE 911, CYTOSPORT PORSCHE RS SPY- DER STAR AT MID-OHIO
tire did not deflate. Then, a car lost an engine in front of me, and I got oil all over my windscreen. But Patrick did a great job – one hour, 20 minutes to the end without a fuel stop! There is no resting – even with a lead with the Cor- vettes, BMWs, and Ferraris chas- ing you,” said Bergmeister. The victory was cemented, how- ever, by a call from Lizard strate- gist Thomas Blam, who deter- mined that Patrick could save track position by not coming in for fuel during the last yellow flag, gam- bling that he could make it to the end. “There were many close calls in the last hour and 20 minutes of the race, including some spins from the Challenge cars, but the fuel call was the key. My fuel light came on during the final lap, but I was confident that Thomas and the
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LEXINGTON, Ohio – August 8 – Setting an American Le Mans Se- ries record for five GT2 class wins in a row, the #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driven by Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) expanded their champion- ship lead to 37 points with a dra- matic class win at the Acura Sports Car Challenge today at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. And, to add icing on the cake for all Porsche enthusiasts, the new Muscle Milk Team Cytosport Por- sche RS Spyder, with Klaus Graf (Germany) and Greg Pickett (USA) at the helm, scored a sur- prise second-place finish in the LMP2 class, narrowly missing a class win. In the GT2 tussle, there was extra excitement in addition to the nor- mal BMW, Ford, Ferrari and Panoz competition as the Corvette factory team debuted their new cars in the class as well. Although Long and Bergmeister led all but one lap (they lost the lead in the shuffle of pit stops), the drive was anything by easy, according to Bergmeister, who started the Por- sche. “ During my stint, I was hit by a Challenge car, and cracked a rear wheel, but was lucky the Michelin
crew had made the right call not having me come in for a splash at the end. It was the di fference that gave us the win. Our clutch was going away, so I shifted most of my stint without a clutch to make sure we had pressure at the end, but the transmission took the wear and tear – a testament to the strength of our components. Win- ning five in a row is especially sweet with all the competition from the other factory teams,” said Long, the only American Porsche factory driver. The victory gave them 120 points, while the Kaffer/Melo Ferrari fin- ished fi fth (now with 83 points). Porsche now leads Ferrari in the manufacturers’ points by that same 37-point margin. The Wolf Hen- zler (Germany)/Martin Ragginger (Austria) Farnbacher Loles Por- sche 911 GT3 RSR finished less than a second behind the Ferrari in sixth, while Darren Law/Seth Neiman (both USA) Flying Lizard Porsche was ninth. In LMP2, Pickett and Graf were fast from the very first test session on Thursday, and gave the factory Acuras and Mazdas all they could handle. An unlucky positioning of the pace car during the last yellow flag cost the RS Spyder a full lap to the winning Acura, and yet Gra f
(Continued from page 5) finished in second place by only ten seconds after passing both Mazdas during the event. “ I had such a good time out there. I kept pushing and pushing. Right from the beginning they told me you got to keep pushing and push- ing. And he kept telling me every five laps, Klaus, you got to keep pushing. That’s what I did the whole race. The Muscle Milk Por- sche RS Spyder was very, very good in the race. We made the right changes and I really have to thank Greg Pickett for making the decision to buy the car, making the changes to the team in order to run it the way we run it. Hats off to all the guys on the team; that was un- believable. I couldn’t be happier. I had a really good day,” said Graf, former NASCAR driver and SCCA Trans-Am champion. “ Obviously we are very pleased. I’m pleased for Porsche, I’m pleased for Michelin, I’m pleased for our brand Muscle Milk and all of our employees and friends and family and fans of both the brand and Porsche. I’m almost speech- less which is a little bit rare for me. Klaus did a spectacular job. He ran many, many laps as fast or faster than the leaders.” said Pickett.
June Concours ResultsJune Concours ResultsJune Concours ResultsJune Concours Results By Jeff Vollmar
The June Concours turned out a lot of very nice Porsches both older and new. The Concours was a top side only with a little surprise twist on the judging. Here’s how it worked, you re-
ceived ext ra points for items found in the glove box that normally would not be allowed in a Con- cours and items found under the passenger’s seat. Items found ranged from an emergency sur- vival blanket, spare parts to empty zip lock bags, the best was the empty Pringles can under the seat, Todd, next