(Pompano Beach, Florida) 24 June 2002 -- Champion Racing owner
announced today that Stefan Johansson is set to return to the ADT/Champion
R8 team beginning with this weekend's American Le Mans Series Grand
Prix of Mid-Ohio.
Johansson, who will share Champion's points-leading Audi prototype
Drivers Championship points leader Johnny Herbert, is no stranger to
Audi R8, having been part of the crew which finished a fine second at
ALMS season opener at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
"I'm very pleased and excited to be back in the saddle of the ADT/Champion
working with Dave Maraj and his excellent team," said Johansson. "The
is the best car out there, and I'm really looking forward to more good
with the Champion guys this season."
"We are very fortunate to have Stefan Johansson back with us in the
Audi," said Champion Vice President Don Skuta. "He did a great job for
us at Sebring,
and he has the motivation and the skill it will take to keep Champion
in the American
Le Mans Series title hunt."
Although JJ Lehto had been previously nominated for the position left
the recent departure of Andy Wallace, issues relating to Lehto's
obligations with another team could not be resolved.