Team ADT Champion Racing, still relishing their 1-2 victory from the
Twelve Hours of Sebring last month, enters Round Two of the American
Le Mans Series at Road Atlanta with pride, confidence, and
enthusiasm. At the same time, the team knows they can’t
underestimate the competition, not only against the Dyson Racing
team, but also between themselves as the two-car Audi R8 teams
proved last month when they posted the closest race finish in
history at the Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Team ADT Champion Racing (Pompano Beach, FL) travels to the
beautiful hills of Braselton, Georgia to compete in the 2-hour,
45-minute Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta scheduled for Sunday,
April 17 at Road Atlanta’s 2.54 mile, 12-turn road course. The
ALMS teams will return again in the fall for the well-known, 10-hour
or 1000-mile (whichever comes first) endurance race affectionately
known as Petit Le Mans.
The winning Audi R8 from Sebring, the No. 1 car, will be piloted by
defending American Le Mans Series Driver Champions JJ Lehto
(Finland) and Marco Werner (Germany). This talented
combination hopes to repeat their win from last year’s Petit Le Mans
race and to score their second victory of the 2005 ALMS season.
The highly motivated duo of Frank Biela (Germany) and Emanuele Pirro
(Italy), drivers of the No.2 Audi R8, are poised to challenge their
“sister” car and the two-car squad from Dyson Racing. As was
demonstrated in the first race of the season, a team has to perform
flawlessly both in the pits and on the track to claim victory.
The Biela/Pirro combination (winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in
2000, 2001 and 2002) has proven their potential and their
Biela and Pirro will start the week’s festivities by appearing at an
Audi Stars and Cars promotion at Nalley Audi in Roswell, GA
on Thursday, April 14. This promotion was created to transfer
the level of excitement, enthusiasm and education the racing
environment offers to Audi dealers, employees, customers and
prospects while highlighting Audi technology, styling, durability
and reliability. For more information, contact Nalley Audi at
The Sportsbook.com Atlanta Grand Prix takes place April 15-17 at
Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. Sunday’s race, a two-hour,
45-minute timed race gets the green flag at noon. CBS Sports
will provide live coverage from 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST. The
American Le Mans Series Radio Web,
will also supply flag to flag coverage.
CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #1
JJ Lehto (Fin). Age: 39. Born: Espoo, Finland.
Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco:
“Team ADT Champion Racing has been very successful for the last two
years at Road Atlanta, so we will be trying to repeat that success
again this year. But the Dyson team is a big question mark,
and I don't think they showed their full potential in Sebring.
They will be much stronger in Atlanta so it will be even harder for
us. And then there is of course our sister car that we need to
keep ahead of, but Marco and I will be doing our best to keep on top
of it all.”
Marco Werner (D). Age: 38.
Germany. Lives: Ermatingen,
are in a very good position coming off our win at Sebring. I
predict a very, very hard race with the Dyson team as Road Atlanta
suits their cars very well. I believe this is good for the
series though, two Lolas, two Audis. And anytime you compete
against James Weaver, you know you’re going to have a good fight.”
CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #2
Frank Biela (D). Age: 40. Born: Neuss, Germany.
Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco:
“I am really looking forward racing again at Road
Atlanta. I am happy that we have two races there, this short
one and then the 1000k Petit Le Mans in September. After our
first race at Sebring, we will expect something better, seven
seconds better in fact. The competition will be very strong
but I know we can do a good job. I’ve been with Champion
Racing several times now and I must say how very happy I am with the
team. I feel really confidant working with Champion Racing and
look forward to many successful races with them.”
Emanuele Pirro (It). Age: 43. Born: Rome, Italy. Lives: Monte Carlo,
“Even though we lost at Sebring, the race gave me a lot of
confidence. It proved that we are as fast as the #1 Audi R8.
It also gave me a lot of motivation to achieve what we missed by a
fraction in Sebring. The Dyson team proved to be more than a
threat as they challenged us hard early on. We intend to take
them very seriously.”