MONTEREY, CA. (October 15, 2005) Team ADT Champion Racing has finished
every race in the American Le Mans Series on the podium this year so it
was no surprise when Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro, drivers of the No.
2 Audi R8, stood proudly on top the podium in second position.
Unfortunately the same could not be said for the sister car piloted by
JJ Lehto and Frank Biela which finished in 4th position.
It is without a doubt that the season finale at Laguna Seca proved to be
the most exciting race of the 10-race season. The 28-car field sliced
and diced their way around the 2.238 mile road course the entire four
hours including the last hour in darkness. From flag to flag the lead
changes were numerous and throughout most of the race the top 5 cars in
the LMP1 class including the new Porsche RS Spyder in the LMP2 class
stayed close together even when they were weaving through traffic.
It was strategy and tactics that made the difference in the finishing
order for the two ADT Champion Racing Audis. Car No. 1 opted to stay out
during the second caution period while car No. 2 came in for fuel. In
the end, car No. 1 didn't have enough fuel to finish the race and with
10 minutes left in the session, Lehto had to bring the car into the pits
"This season is one that probably could not be duplicated," said and
elated Dave Maraj, Team Owner/Champion Racing. "We won the three most
important sports car races: the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours Le
Mans and Petit Le Mans. Two of our drivers won the Driver's Championship
(Biela/Pirro), Team ADT Champion Racing won their 2nd Team Championship
and we gave Audi their 6th Manufacturer's Championship. It's been quite
a year for Champion Racing."
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #1
JJ Lehto (Fin). Age: 39. Born: Espoo, Finland. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"The race was exciting because overtaking was extremely hard this year.
I had quite an incident going off track with the car but fortunately
there was no damage so I just continued. Unfortunately our strategy
wasn't as good today as car #2 and I lost good time trying to conserve
fuel to make it to the end. It just didn't work for us today."
Marco Werner (D). Age: 38. Born: Dortmund, Germany. Lives: Ermatingen,
"In the beginning everything seemed okay. At the end we didn't have
enough fuel, which cost us a podium position. This race was just like
the whole season for us. So I guess our bad luck continued. I look
forward to next year and want to thank my team for a great year."
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #2
Frank Biela (D). Age: 40. Born: Neuss, Germany. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"I'm very happy. We won the Drivers Championship a race ago and coming
here our goal was to be on the podium so finishing 2nd is not too bad.
It was a fantastic season for me and I really hope to be back next
Emanuele Pirro (It). Age: 43. Born: Rome, Italy. Lives: Monte Carlo,
"It's been an incredible finish to an incredible season. We did a very
good race and the Zytek was just too fast to catch. We had perfect
strategy, lots of overtaking and I am so proud of this team. It's a
great way to finish a great year."
DRIVERS CLASS TEAM DIFF.
1) H.Shimoda/T.Chilton LMP1 Zytek Engineering 164 laps
2) E.Pirro/F.Biela/ LMP1 ADT Champion Racing 1:15.064
3) C.Dyson/A.Wallace LMP1 Dyson Racing 1 lap
4) J.Lehto/M.Werner LMP1 ADT Champion Racing 13:893
5) S.Maassen/L.Luhr LMP2 Penske Motorsports 29.774
6) J.Weaver/B.Leitzinger LMP1 Dyson Racing 2 laps
Time of race: 3:59:57.347