16 May, Sears Point Raceway -
With the two
after the Sebring 12 Hours finally over, the ADT/Champion Audi R8
is at Sears Point, readying for Friday's 90-minute testing session.
events on track today, so plenty of time for the Champion crew to get
and pits set up and work on last minute preparations. As has been in
of late, there are two Champion R8's here at Sears Point - chassis
team's current 2001-spec R8 which will be raced by the Champion crew,
405, Champion's previous 2000-spec R8, which has been leased to the
factory) Racing team for this event, while their own cars remain in
preparation for Le Mans.
Besides that, factory pilot Tom Kristensen is
joining the Champion
driving squad for this event, co-driving with Champion regulars Andy
and Johnny Herbert. This was done as a favor to the factory team,
otherwise have had to choose which of their four drivers (all high in
points standings) might have to sit out this race since they are only
a single car. We last saw Tom K. at the
Sebring Michelin Tests in February, when he drove
Champion's newly-delivered 2001
R8 over the three day test.
Complicating matters a bit, Johnny Herbert is
Indianapolis and Sonoma this weekend, as he tries to qualify for the
and simultaneously meets his regular obligation to the ADT/Champion
Johnny will be present for Friday's testing here in California, and
to Indianapolis for his qualifying run on Sunday. If all goes
according to plan,
Herbert will then jet back to Sonoma to compete in Sunday's 2hr45min
Check back here over the course of the weekend to
read and see
more from this most unusual race meeting....