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2008 North American GT Season
Photo Credit: Bob Heathcote.
Champion Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US,8,8)
Putative Constructor: Pratt & Miller Corvette (US)
Champion Driver: Johnny O'Connell (US,3,5) , Jan Magnussen (DK,1,1)
Putative Driver: Johnny O'Connell (US), Jan Magnussen (DK)
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).

Indomitable Pratt & Miller with its patent-yellow C6-R Corvette entry again crushes the competition in 2008 after taking ten of eleven events and the ALMS GT1 constructors' title for the eighth consecutive season behind co-champion drivers Johnny O'Connell and Jan Magnussen. A second place finish in the season finale at Miller Park in September allows Stevenson Pontiac with the GXP-R entry to leapfrog Banner Racing for the Grand-Am GT putative constructors' title. Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins of Banning come away with the drivers' crown under the Grand-Am points system, while Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis of Stevenson easily outrace the field for the putative laurels. Pratt & Miller with the Corvette C6-R becomes the first entry in series history to win with an Ethanaol fuel formulation at St. Pete in April.

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 Corvette184     O’Connell J108
Flying Lizard Porsche66     Magnussen108
Tafel Ferrari37     Gavin76
Risi Ferrari20     Beretta76
Farnbacher Loles Porsche20     Henzler40
Bell Aston Martin5     Bergmeister J40
Grand-Am     
Stevenson Pontiac81     Liddell81
Banner Pontiac78     Davis A81
SpeedSource Mazda77     Edwards P (SC)68
TRG Porsche77     Collins K (SC)68
Farnbacher Loles Porsche51     Tremblay61
Connolly Pontiac18     Ham61

Noteworthy 2008 Races

2008 Grand-Am Lime Rock GT Classic Lakeville, Connecticut2008 2008 Grand-Am Lime Rock GT Classic At Lime Rock for the GT Classic (250 miles) in May, the race comes to a Banner Pontiac GXP-R under Paul Edwards (US) and Kelly Collins (US) in 2:31:46.6 (average 99.19 mph), under forty-seven seconds ahead of a Mazda entry. The Banner Pontiac under Edwards moves out front after race leader and teammate Ron Fellows in a companion Pontiac spins off the circuit and out of contention with only four laps remaining. Photo Credit:
2008 Grand-Am 250 at Laguna SecaMonterey, California2008 2008 Grand-Am 250 at Laguna SecaAt Laguna Seca for the Three Hour in May, a Banner Pontiac GXP-R under Paul Edwards (US) and Kelly Collins (US) takes class race honors and covers 96 laps (average 77.61 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Porsche driven by Spencer Pumpelly and Tim George, Jr. The Banner Pontiac beneath Edwards moves out front on the penultimate circuit after the race leading SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 driven by Sylvan Tremblay gets its wrong at the Corkscrew and allows fast closing Edwards to slip past at Turn 9 and sprint home for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Denis L. Tanney.
2008 Grand-Am Porsche 250Birmingham, Alabama2008 2008 Grand-Am Porsche 250At Barber for the Porsche 250 (three hours) in July, a SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 driven by Sylvan Tremblay (CA) and Nick Ham (US) takes the class flag and covers 99 laps (average 82.12 mph), under a second (.838) ahead of a Porsche driven by Dirk Werner and Bryce Miler. The SpeedSource Mazda beneath Ham moves out front after jumping the race leading Stevenson Pontiac GXP-R driven by Robin Liddell on a late race restart with only eight laps remaining. Photo Credit: zoompics.com.
2008 Grand-Am Montreal 200Montréal, Canada2008 2008 Grand-Am Montreal 200At Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the 200 Miler (two hours) in August, a Stevenson Pontiac GXP-R under Robin Liddell (GB) and Andrew Davis (US) notches a class victory and covers 66 laps (average 87.75 mph), under four seconds ahead of a Mazda driven by Sylvan Tremblay and Nick Ham. Running on a close fuel conservation strategy, the Stevenson Pontiac beneath Liddell moves out front on the final circuit after passing a host of fuel-starved entries before passing the race leading Farnbacher Loles Porsche driven by Dirk Werner just meters from the finish as the latter exhausts its fuel supply. Photo Credit: Eric Gilbert.