POMPANO BEACH, Fl. (February 24, 2005) – After a
successful three day test session at Sebring International Raceway
in early February, Team ADT Champion Racing announces the driver
trios for the two Audi R8s that will compete next month in the 12
Hours of Sebring and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
Joining JJ Lehto and Marco Werner, last year’s American
Le Mans Series Driver Champions, will be six-time Le
Mans winner and former ALMS Driver Champion (2002) Tom
Kristensen. In 1999, Kristensen and Lehto were
partnered in a BMW V12 LMR and together along with
co-driver Jorg Muller they won the very first American
Le Mans Series race, the 12 Hours of Sebring. One
year later, Kristensen put the Audi R8 on the “sports
car map” when he finished 1st again at the 12
Hours of Sebring. Kristensen’s winning streak at
Le Mans, five consecutive wins (four with the Audi R8)
should also boost Team ADT Champion Racing’s hope for a
Piloting the #2 Audi R8 will be the Audi “works” squad
of Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biela and Allan McNish.
McNish scored his first victory at the 12 Hours of
Sebring last year driving for Audi Sport UK. Pirro
has one Sebring win (2000) and Biela has three
(2000,2003,2004). Collectively this trio has seven
Le Mans wins: Pirro three (2000, 2001, 2002),
Biela three (2000, 2001, 2002) and McNish one (1998).
Their goal in June will be to give an American sports
car team, Team ADT Champion Racing, a victory at the 24
Hours of Le Mans, a milestone that has not been achieved
Team ADT Champion Racing has yet to achieve a victory in
either the 12 Hours of Sebring or the 24 Hours of Le
Mans. With this extremely experienced and talented
group, this year could be the exception.
Team ADT Champion Racing will compete in North America’s
most prestigious and longest running sports car race,
the 53rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of
Sebring March 16-19 in Sebring, Florida. This
inaugural American Le Mans Series race continues to
attract the finest and most competitive sports car teams
from around the world, 2nd only to the
renowned 24 Hours of
Le Mans race in Le Sarthe, France.