ALMS “From The Fans Award”
With voting ending on October 16 (race day at Laguna Seca), and
the winner(s) announced at the banquet the following evening, it
is appropriate to remind dsc readers to go to www.americanlemans.com
and vote for one of five nominees for this award.
the Fans" award is presented each year to a person or group
who is felt by fans of the series to have made the greatest contribution
to sports car racing over the past year. Among former winners are
Rob Dyson, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Gary Claudio and Dr. Don Panoz.
Drivers are not eligible to receive the "From the Fans"
award, but there is a separate award for "The Most Popular
The first round of voting
ran until September 27 and was for nominations only, with the top
five nominees then listed on a ballot for a second round of voting.
The 2004 finalists for
the American Le Mans Series "From the Fans" award are
DYSON - The owner of the Dyson Racing Team, Dyson has spearheaded
the competitive development of the Lola B01/60-AER that has provided
a constant threat to Audi in the LMP1 class of the ALMS. Dyson received
the "From the Fans" award in 2003.
FEHAN - As Corvette program manager for GM Racing, Fehan
has directed the highly-successful factory Corvette team in the
ALMS since its founding in 1999. The Fehan-led organization has
won the driver, team and manufacturer titles in the GTS class of
the ALMS for 2004.
LIZARD MOTORSPORTS - A new team in the ALMS for 2004, Flying
Lizard quickly made its mark by challenging the Alex Job Racing
team that had dominated the ALMS for the past several seasons. A
Flying Lizard Porsche won at Mid-Ohio in only the team's second
ALMS race and drivers Darren Law and Johannes van Overbeek are still
contenders for the GT class driving title.
JOB - The owner of Alex Job Racing, Job has fielded a pair
of Porsche 911 GT3 RSR machines in the GT class of the ALMS since
the formation of the series and has had a car in all but one ALMS
race ever. In 2004, Job's team has won the GT class in six of the
eight ALMS races, as well as the team title.
MARAJ - The owner of the ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 team,
Maraj has built a first-class private racing organization that
represented America strongly in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well
as in the ALMS. The team helped Audi win its fifth straight ALMS
Manufacturer's title in 2004 and Champion drivers JJ Lehto and
Werner also won the driving title while Champion won the team championship.