Patrón Highcroft Racing capped a second-straight championship season at Petit Le Mans with a class victory for David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti. Brabham and Pagenaud won the LMP championship, while Honda Performance Development won the class manufacturer championship at Road Atlanta, where the team ran under the LMP2 class.
“To win Petit Le Mans…it's a classic, one of the biggest in the world,” said Pagenaud, who won his first career ALMS title. “The PHR team was fantastic all weekend. The car was perfect, but it was like driving a video game all day. It's great to be champion and thanks to my teammates for their brilliant work. Without them I wouldn't be here today. This was a chance to work with them and I have enjoyed it so much.”
The Muscle Milk Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder of Klaus Graf, Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr placed second in class. The car ran on seven cylinders throughout the day which hampered its pace. The team entered with a chance to win the class title if PHR had finished with zero points. But the Highcroft HPD took the class lead on the 18th lap and never trailed again.
It was a fitting end to the season for the class' most consistent team. The Duncan Dayton-owned team never finished off the class podium.
“It's fantastic to be up here, and thanks to Duncan for this opportunity to drive with this team this year,” Franchitti said. “And thanks to David and Simon, they've been great partners this year. I'm beside myself. It's been a great day. I feel great helping these guys and I feel like part of the championship today.”