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2006 North American GT Season
Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt.
Champion Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US,6,6)
Putative Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US)
Champion Driver: Olivier Beretta (MC,4,4), Oliver Gavin (GB,2,2)
Putative Driver: Olivier Beretta (FR), Oliver Gavin (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model C6-R, 8.2-liter, eight-cylinder vee, aluminum engine, OHV, fuel injection, six-speed, ventilated disc brakes, carbon fibre/unitary steel chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, power-assist steering, 575 horsepower (Pratt & Miller, Tom Peters).

A second place class finish by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin in the 2006 ALMS GT1 season finale at Laguna Seca in October lifts Pratt & Miller Racing with the Corvette C6-R entry past closely contending Aston Martin and its pilots to its sixth consecutive constructors' title, and both Beretta and Gavin to the drivers' crown for the second consecutive season. The Racers Group with the Pontiac GTO prevails over the large Porsche fleet for its maiden Grand-Am GT putative constructors' title. Andy Lally and Marc Bunting of TRG hold off Wolf Henzler and Robin Liddell of Tafel Porsche in the season finale at Miller Utah in September to jointly snare the drivers' crown. The Aston Martin DBR9 under Stéphane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy wins at ALMS Lime Rock in July and halts a twelve-race series class win streak by Pratt & Miller Corvette Racing.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

ALMS     
Pratt & Miller Corvette140     Gavin70
Aston Martin134     Beretta70
Petersen/WLR Porsche11     Turner D65
Risi Ferrari10     Enge65
Flying Lizard Porsche6     Fellows60
     O’Connell J60
Grand-Am     
TRG Pontiac/Porsche183     Lally105
Tafel Porsche110     Bunting105
TPC Porsche25     Valentine93
Synergy Porsche21     Henzler92
Sigalsport BMW/Pontiac13     Liddell92
Baron Porsche11     Edwards P87
Tadevic Pontiac11     

Noteworthy 2006 Races

2006 Grand Prix of MiamiHomestead, Florida2006 2006 Grand Prix of MiamiAt Homestead for the Grand Prix of Miami (three hours) in March, the GT class comes to a The Racer's Group Pontiac GTO-R under Paul Edwards (US) and Kelly Collins (US) that covers 103 laps (average 85.17 mph), under a second (.125) ahead of a Mazda driven by David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay. The TRG Pontiac and SpeedSource Mazda dice for the lead over the closing miles before Edwards in the TRG entry moves out front with a pass on the inside line of the Mazda driven by Tremblay with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Juan Carlos Munoz.
2006 EMCO Gears ClassicLexington, Ohio2006 2006 EMCO Gears ClassicAt Mid-Ohio for the 3 Hour in June, a Tafel Porsche 997 GT3 Cup under Robin Liddell (GB) and Wolf Henzler (DE) takes class honors and covers 96 laps (average 77.72 mph), under six seconds ahead of a Pontiac driven by Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins. Dicing for the lead over the closing minutes, the race leading Connolly BMW beneath Joey Hand and the TRG Pontiac driven by Paul Edwards tangle at the Keyhole exit and the contact sends Hand sliding across the backstretch grass before tumbling end-over several times. The brief spell of peril allows Liddell to slip past the incident just as the yellow unfurls, handing the Tafel team a well earned yet somewhat dubious victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.