Down Under Tour
Saturday qualifying results and photos
The "Real Millennium" will be ushered in shortly after the conclusion of the American Le Mans Series 6 hour Race of a Thousand Years. After the race a concert featuring INXS, headed by Jon Stevens and fireworks at midnight illuminate the new millennium down under.
Rinaldo Capello took the #77 Audi in Crocodile livery to Pole Position for teammates Alan McNish and Brad Jones for the Race of a Thousand Years in Adelaide Australia. McNish, who stands to win the driver's championship, aggravated a back injury while removing his Scottish ceremonial kilt.
This Audi "Crocodile Car" will be pursued by a trio of Panoz "Crocodile Hunters". The Race of a Thousand Years will be broadcast on a tape delay basis in America on NBC Sunday, December 31 at 2 P.M. EST.
The American Le Mans Series Web site will carry the race live online at www.americanlemans.com in a broadcast by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web.
Live flag-to-flag radio coverage was heard at www.americanlemans.com
The Audi, in Crocodile livery, sits on Pole Position the Race of a Thousand Years in Adelaide Australia.
Dirk Mueller and Lucas Luhr of Germany, put the #5 Porsche of American Dick Barbour, out front in the GT Division. The class, made up largely of Porsche product is flushed out by the three BMWs of Tom Milner's Prototype Technologies Group. Boris Said III, of Carlsbad California, is joined by Sports Car legend Hans Stuck, who turns fifty two hours after the New Year's Eve race concludes,
Top- Second on the grid is the #78 Audi driven by Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, followed by the Panoz front engined roadsters. The "down under" team of David Brabham, Greg Murphy and Jason Bright in the #12 Panoz are out in front of Johnny O'Connell and Hiroki Kato. The older cars are leading the brand new Panoz cars, driven by Jan Magnusen and Klaus Graf, who had a shunt in the day's last qualifying session.
Right- One of the 3 American Panoz front engined roadsters
Rarely seen images of illusive Australian wildlife.
And, yes, the water does go down the drain the other way!
Spare wheels, awaiting qualifying rubber in the Audi pits