Pompano Beach, FL. -- Friday evening, 23 Feb 2001,
hosted a gala press launch for their 2001 American Le Mans Series (ALMS)
where they will campaign the third of three Audi R8 Prototypes for the
season. ALMS founder Don Panoz was on hand for the event, celebrating
major entry in the full series. The launch party also celebrated the
the second year of their two-car Audi S4 Competition assault on the
R8 drivers Dorsey Schroeder and Andy
Wallace unveiled Champion's
colorful new R8, and S4 Competition drivers Derek Bell and
Galati were celebrating the kickoff of their second full year of
in the Speedvision World Challenge GT class, where they had their first
win at Las Vegas in 2000. Champion drivers past and present joined
Audi Sport North America and Champion's full race team and guests as the
competing in both series were unveiled amidst much fanfare.
Audi of America VP Len Hunt was on hand with a major announcement,
would join in Audi's assault on the 2001 Le Mans 24-hour race as part of
team. Dorsey Schroeder and Andy Wallace will contest the full 2001 ALMS
beginning with the opening round at Texas on 4th March, and will be
Ralf Kelleners at Sebring on 17 March. As Wallace has other commitments
Le Mans, Schroeder will be joined by Kelleners and Didier Theys for the
French enduro, to be held on 16-17 June.
Champion's R8 will also be present at the Le Mans pre-tests on 6th
the final entry and alternates will be selected for this year's race.
these substantial commitments in the team's first season, no rounds of
Le Mans Series will be contested. Bell and Galati will spearhead the
World Challenge assault, which also begins at Texas on 4th March. Eight
ten so-far announced rounds of the Speedvision World Challenge will run
with ALMS events this season.
Both Champion Audi Racing programs kick off their 2001 seasons at the
Grand Prix of Texas, 3-4 March, on the 2.323-mile Texas Motor Speedway
course. The American Le Mans Series race will be televised live on
starting at 2pm Sunday, 4 March, and the Speedvision World Challenge GT
will be shown on Speedvision on a delayed basis, Friday, March 23 at
site will feature daily updates and photos from both race programs
event. Live timing and scoring for the ALMS race can be found at
See the Speedvision World Challenge website at
for more information about that series.