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Muscle Milk rolls into Canada

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Published:   |   Updated: March 11, 2013 at 07:35 PM

After scoring one of the American Le Mans Series great come-from-behind wins at Lime Rock, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is returning to the scene of its two most dominating race wins, the newly renamed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The past two seasons at the Canadian track, the team owned by Greg Pickett has led all on-track sessions it participated in, claimed pole positions both years and took convincing wins around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course, lapping all but one car in the field both times.

"Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) is one of the best but also most dangerous tracks on the ALMS schedule," said Muscle Milk driver Lucas Luhr. "It is very quick and has a lot of blind corners that make it very challenging. As I say each year, it's a track that separates the men from the boys and I look forward to going on track with our Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a for the first time It should be very exciting."

The team will be making its first visit to the famed track for the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport with its Michelin-clad No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a, and hopes to once again increase its championship lead.

"After our three wins in the last three races, we have good momentum going and that is always very nice," Luhr said.

After taking the lead in the standings two races ago, the team gained another four points on Dyson Racing, giving them an eight-point gap ahead of their championship rivals.

"I really like the track and the last two years have been very good for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing with back-to-back wins," said Luhr's co-driver Klaus Graf. "I can't wait to get on track with our Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03a.

"We take a lot of confidence from our recent race wins. The hard fought battle at Lime Rock will especially have us heading into the race weekend in good spirits."

Both drivers will be celebrating birthdays at the Bowmanville, Ontario, circuit, with Graf getting a year older on Saturday and Luhr on race day.

As was the case last season, the German duo will be hoping to give themselves the best birthday present a racecar driver can get.

A couple of team members also have birthdays during this Canadian trip. Ben Cowin, the team's sports chiropractor and athletic trainer, celebrates his birthday on Sunday, with crewman Travis Lewis' birthday taking place on Monday.

After competing in a patriotic livery in the previous round, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing is returning to its regular, though slightly revamped, wrap on its HPD ARX-03a.

The Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport will go green on Sunday at noon and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 1 p.m. (863) 386-5841