Winning both the American Le Mans Series race and the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge at Long Beach is a great combination. For the second consecutive year, the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team pulled off the big double, proving that clean and efficient performance can also be exceptionally fast.

A new HPD Honda prototype driven by Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr, won today’s race and the Michelin Green X Challenge following last year’s success with an Aston Martin prototype. The victory is the ninth in competition for the Benicia, Calif. based Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team

“HPD and Honda have proven to be a reliable and fuel efficient combination,” said winning co-driver Klaus Graf. “We feel very strongly that in long-distance races a big part of the race is to go the furthest, fastest, and use the least amount of energy. Future rules will change in that direction and we are pleased to partner with HPD to have success both in the race and in the Michelin Green X Challenge.”

Taking the Michelin Green X Challenge victory in the GT category is the Stuart, Fla. based Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia of Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek. The team started in ninth position in the GT class, charged to the class lead after 35 minutes and eventually finished third in class while claiming the team’s second Michelin Green X Challenge.

Now in the fourth year as America’s premier environmental motorsports competition, six of the eight Michelin Green X Challenge winners on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach circuit have also won their respective classes in the race.

“Here on the streets of Long Beach we saw the ALMS manufacturers and teams continue to deliver cleaner, faster, and more efficient performance and bring new technologies closer to the consumers who drive these same streets in their own cars,” said Silvia Mammone, manager motorsports, Michelin North America.  

The American Le Mans Series is the only series currently recognized as “Green Racing” by the U. S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and SAE International

In 2010, the season-ending Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta marked the first time that all five energy sources identified in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy policy were represented in competition. The five energies are E10 ethanol-blended gasoline, E85R second generation cellulosic ethanol, GTL (natural gas to liquid) biodiesel, E10-electric hybrid power and Iso-butanol gasoline.

The MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophies are presented to the respective Prototype and GT winners. The bases for the unique MICHELIN GREEN X Challenge trophies are made of rubber recycled from MICHELIN GREEN X labeled consumer tires.

MICHELIN® GREEN X® labeled consumer tires are optimized for fuel economy by reducing their rolling resistance and weight without compromising other key performance factors such as traction, grip and tread wear. Each tire is marked with Michelin’s “GREEN X” symbol on the sidewall, indicating to consumers a level of increased fuel-efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.