Ca. (October 15, 2004) -
The two car team of Team ADT Champion
Racing will start tomorrow's four hour endurance race, the final race of
the American Le Mans Series season, in 2nd and 3rd positions. JJ Lehto,
driving the No. 38 Audi R8 will start on the outside of the front row
while the No. 2 "sister car" qualified by Johnny Herbert will start
behind the pole sitter of Nicolas Minassian from the Creation
The top five qualifying LMP1 prototypes are all
extremely close in time thus ensuring an-all out battle as each team
strives to be victorious and stand on top of the podium. The extended
race (4 hours versus the usual 2:45) will add excitement as pit-stop
strategy and fuel conservation will play a major role in determining the
significant difference is the fact this event will be partially run in
darkness. Long before the checkered falls at 8:00 p.m., darkness will
have descended upon the Monterey Peninsula and the American Le Mans
Series drivers will circulate the 2.238-mile track aided only by their
headlight beams and whatever ambient lighting there is around the
The Audi Sports Car Championships event at
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will get the green flag at 4 p.m. (PDT) on
Saturday, October 16. The American Le Mans Series Radio Network will
have live coverage that can be heard online at
and MotorsTV will have live flag-to-flag coverage that can be seen in
Europe beginning at 24:00 (UK) and 01:00 (Paris).
In North America, NBC Sports will have coverage
of the event on a one-day tape delay beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT) on
Sunday, October 17.
JJ Lehto (Finland): "I'm satisfied with where
we qualified today. Everyone, especially the top five cars, are really
close. We knew the Creation team would be strong and in fact we expected
the Dyson cars to do better than they did. The set-up we have is good.
Now we just need to keep concentrating on the tires. "
Marco Werner (Germany): "On the front row of
the grid is very good for us for tomorrow's race. I won here last year
so I definitely would like so to do so again. It would be a great ending
to a great season."
Johnny Herbert (England): "I made a mistake on
one lap in qualifying and then had traffic on another but I'm content
with third place. This will be my fourth race at Laguna with Champion
Audi and I'm still searching for my first win - I've never won a race in
California but I'm still dreamin'. I recorded second place in 2001 and
'02 and fourth place last year. On Thursday I was feeling really unwell
- Sushi in San Francisco the previous night - but I'm getting better
with each day!"
Pierre Kaffer (Germany): "Over the past two
days I have learned the track - it is very nice - very impressive,
especially the Corkscrew of course. Despite my inexperience here, I feel
very optimistic and confident for the race. The Champion Audi team has
done a good job and I'd like to reward them with a victory. This is my
first-ever visit to California and I love it."
DRIVERS TEAM TIME SPEED
1) N. Minassian/J. Campbell Creation 1:15.893
3) J. Lehto/M. Werner ADT Champion Racing
2) J. Herbert/P. Kaffer ADT Champion Racing
4) J. Weaver/B. Leitzinger Dyson Racing
5) C. Dyson/A. Wallace Dyson Racing 1:17.249