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ALMS drivers ready for Mosport

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Published:   |   Updated: March 11, 2013 at 07:38 PM

Drivers are gearing up for Sunday's Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, the fifth stop on the American Le Mans Series schedule. The race will be held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, known as the fastest track on the ALMS schedule.

"It's the best roller-coaster ride you've ever been on in your life," said BMW driver Bill Auberlen. "The first three turns are so fast. When I used to race prototype cars, our first three turns were 150-plus mph in each corner.

"The GT cars are only slightly slower than that now. You're in the ragged edge everywhere. This is a track that really does separate the men from the boys."

Both entries in the LMP1 class, Dyson Racing and Pickett Muscle Milk Racing are looking forward to a strong showing on the 2.5-mile, 10-turn track.

"Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is much, much faster than Lime Rock with elevation changes and blind corners," said Muscle Milk driver Lucas Luhr. "When you go out on track for the first few laps it takes some getting used to the speed; every corner is just so quick. It's one of the tracks where, when I am out of the car, I never go around the track to look at other cars going around because it scares the hell out of me."

Piloting the Dyson Racing No. 16 ModSpace Mazda Lola, Chris Dyson and Guy Smith want this race to be a success for ModSpace both on and off the track this weekend.

"Both Guy (Smith) and I are confident for this weekend's race," said Chris Dyson, co-driver of the No. 16 ModSpace, Mazda-powered Lola. "When we climb into the cockpit on Sunday, we are going to charge to the checkered flag. With the support with have from ModSpace employees and customers attending the race this weekend, reaching the top of the podium on Sunday would mean a great deal to our team."

Extreme Speed Motorsports' Johannes van Overbeek is making his 100th career start in the ALMS and loves the challenge the track provides.

"I would describe it as a high-speed ballet," he said. "It is very fast with a lot of subtleties and nuances both from driving a lap and driving with faster traffic. The consequences are so high because the stakes are so great."

The Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport is a two-hour, 45-minute race and scheduled for noon on Sunday. ESPN2 will begin live coverage at 1 p.m.

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