POMPANO BEACH, FL. (September 27, 2005) - Team ADT
Champion Racing will continue their quest for the Team and
Manufacturers' Championships in the American Le Mans Series this
Saturday at Road Atlanta as part of the 8th annual Petit Le Mans sports
car endurance race. The unique format of this race calls for 1,000
miles (394 laps) or 10 hours, whichever comes first.
Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, drivers of the No. 2 Audi R8, could also
clinch the American Le Mans Series Driver's Championship title this
weekend. Biela/Pirro lead Lola driver Andy Wallace by 18 points
with just two races to go. The duo cannot be ousted from the head of the
Driver's Championship if they arrive at the finale in Laguna Seca
(October 15) with a lead of more than 20 points.
JJ Lehto is on a four-race winning streak at Road Atlanta following his
victory with teammate Marco Werner in the No.1 Champion Racing Audi R8
at April's Grand Prix of Atlanta. Lehto has won the last two Petit Le
Mans events and also won the 2003 Grand Prix of Atlanta. A win by Lehto/Werner
would make them the first drivers in the history of Petit Le Mans to win
the race three times in succession.
Team ADT Champion Racing has also won this endurance classic road race
twice in succession and could, as a result, score a second hat-trick
following wins this year at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of
"I sure would like a win at Petite Le Mans," commented Dave Maraj, Team
Champion Racing. "It would be three in a row for Champion Racing if we
think we'll be strong there as we have longer legs than our competition
but still we have to race the race."
For Audi it is not only a matter of winning the title with a race to
spare. Petit Le Mans is the last important endurance race of the
year and, alongside the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans,
one of the three sports car highlights. The Audi R8 has never been
beaten at Petit Le Mans and, if possible, this successful run should
continue at its sixth appearance.
The ninth round of the American Le Mans Series is the 1,000-mile/10-hour
Le Mans scheduled for 11:20 a.m. EDT October 1 at Road Atlanta in
Georgia. SPEED Channel will provide live television coverage. Qualifying
scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT September 30. American Le Mans Series Radio,
IMSA Living and Timing Scoring will be available at
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #1
JJ Lehto (Fin). Age: 39. Born: Espoo, Finland. Lives: Monte Carlo,
""I have raced at Road Atlanta four times in an Audi R8 and won Petit Le
the last two times so I definitely want to win my third consecutive
Mans as no one has done it before. Also, it would be nice to win the
most important sports car races in the world: 12 Hours of Sebring, 24
Le Mans, and Petit Le Mans."
Marco Werner (D). Age: 38. Born: Dortmund, Germany. Lives: Ermatingen,
"For JJ and me the train for the championship has left. For us it's just
question of single successes now. A Petit Le Mans victory would be a
to get over the bad luck we had recently. First of all, however, we want
make sure that the Audi R8 remains unbeaten at its presumably last Petit
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #2
Frank Biela (D). Age: 40. Born: Neuss, Germany. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"Road Atlanta is a very nice circuit for the Audi R8 because normally we
find a very good set-up there. We struggled in April but not we have
very good races behind us. We have the lead in the Championship so we
optimistic. Since Petite Le Mans is such a long race, the last two hours
be the most important and therefore finding a good set-up is of utmost
importance. A win would be very welcome!"
Emanuele Pirro (It). Age: 43. Born: Rome, Italy. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"April was only our 2nd race and we didn't have a very good set-up and
Now, we have had more time in the car and I am confident that we will be
than before. Our target is to finish the race, not to win the race.
Mans is a very insidious race as it is very physically demanding for the
drivers since we have only 2 drivers for 10 hours. It's usually very
as passing is also difficult there. I have great memories as I not only
the race there in 2001 but I also won the Driver's Championship by
Petit Le mans."