Lehto's qualifying time of 1:48:710 was just
three tenths behind the LMP1 record set by Tom Kristensen driving an
Audi R8 in 2002.
"I'm very happy to get the pole, not only for
myself but also for Team ADT Champion Racing," said Lehto. "I've been
really happy with the car so far. We didn't do any testing until we came
here but with all the preparation the team did, we obviously didn't need
Lehto (Finland) will have strength in numbers
as two of the finest sports car racers join him for the 12 hour race on
Saturday. Returning to the cockpit of the #38, Audi R8 LMP1, is veteran
driver Emanuele Pirro and last year's American Le Mans Series Champion,
Pirro (Monaco) is a three-time Le Mans winner,
a former American Le Mans Series Champion (2001), and has been on the
podium at Sebring every year with an Audi R8 since 2000.
am really excited about being back at Sebring and to be driving for Team
ADT Champion racing again," said Pirro. "Last year's race was really
good for us until the end, of course! I haven't been in the car yet as I
only arrived last night but if JJ tells me it's good, then I know it's
Marco Werner (Germany) will round out the trio.
Werner's first time in an Audi R8 was exactly this time last year
driving for Infineon Team Joest. Werner drove a double stint at the end
of the race to give his team the victory over Champion. Werner was also
presented the first Rookie of the Year award in American Le Mans Series
"Congratulations to JJ," remarked Werner.
"We've worked really well together this week and I think it will also be
the same with Emanuele. I liked winning last year so I would like to do
it again. Champion Racing has prepared a very good racecar. I have
enjoyed working with them so far."
This is Champion Racing's (Pompano Beach, Fl)
fourth return to the oldest sports car endurance race in the United
States. The 3.7 mile, 17-turn circuit of Sebring International Raceway
is one of the toughest tracks on both car and driver as it was built in
1952 as a World War ll military training airfield. Add to that the fact
that several hours of the race are run in the dark. This night portion
will be one of the mot difficult times the driver will spend in the car.
Except for a few spots around the track that are floodlit, the drivers
only have their headlights to tell then what's around the next corner.
The 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
will get the green flag at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, and will be
televised live from flag-to-flag by the Speed Channel. The American Le
Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage online at