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Champion Racing Teams Return to Mid-Ohio (Photos Below)


Cleveland, OH. (June 24, 2004) - After a three-month schedule break, the American Le Mans Series will return to action this weekend with the running of the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio. For the first time since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March (ADT Champion Racing finished 2nd), the professional sports car racing series will host round two with a two-hour, 45-minute timed event on Sunday, June 27, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

ADT Champion Racing, which finished third overall at Le Mans and was the highest-finishing team from the ALMS, will seek the overall victory at Mid-Ohio with an Audi R8 Prototype driven by Finland's JJ Lehto and Germany's Marco Werner. Neither has ever driven at Mid-Ohio in a Prototype.

The American Le Mans Series is returning to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after a one-year absence due to scheduling conflicts. The 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit has been one of the classic road racing venues in North America for many years. CBS Sports will have live coverage of the Mid-Ohio race from 2-4 p.m. (EDT), while MotorsTV will have live flag-to-flag coverage in Europe. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage of the race and of Saturday's
qualifying session online at www.americanlemans.com.

Marco Werner (Germany). "Mid-Ohio is a new track for me. I've heard it's quite twisty with lots of hills and corners so it might suit our competitor's cars more. I know the Dyson Team has tested a lot here so I think it's going to be interesting between our car and their car. We'll find out soon!"

JJ Lehto (Finland). "I know this track from when I raced here in 2001 in a BMW M3. I won that race and think I can do the same this weekend in the Audi R8.  It's a nice track and I know they've done some surface work to it since I was last here. This is a good track for the Dyson cars, especially since they've recently tested here. It's definitely going to be a tough fight."


Marco Werner at an Audi 'Stars and Cars' party in Cleveland, OH JJ Lehto answers fan's questions at an Audi 'Stars and Cars' party in Cleveland, OH JJ Lehto during Friday testing at Mid-Ohio Marco Werner during Friday testing at Mid-Ohio
Team Manager Mike Peters (L) discusses setup with Champion Racing team owner Dave Maraj (R) Marco Werner hands over to JJ Lehto near the end of Friday's test session at Mid-Ohio JJ Lehto and Marco Werner discuss tire issues with Michelin tire engineer Perry Hyder after Friday's test session at Mid-Ohio
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