|July 13, 2001
Herbert Joins Champion for Remainder of ALMS
Pompano Beach, Florida -- Johnny Herbert has signed to campaign the remainder of the ALMS schedule with the Champion Racing team. The former Formula 1 pilot will join Andy Wallace in the number 38 Champion Audi R8 starting at Sears Point next weekend.
Herbert rejoins the team that he drove with in last months 24 Hours of Le Mans. "I think it will be great, this is a good opportunity to work with Champion and take it to the works cars. I think the ALMS is a great series. I am also looking forward to working with Andy. Although I have not driven any of the tracks that are coming up on the schedule, I am looking at that as a great challenge and I will be studying them before hand," said Johnny Herbert.
After a disappointing 33rd finish at Le Mans, Herbert is excited for the rest of the season. "It was a shame we ended so early at Le Mans. We had a few little problems at the beginning, but I was able to get the car back to third in treacherous conditions. Unfortunately we had the clutch problem, without that we had a podium car for sure. So there is some unfinished business for me and the whole Champion team," continued Herbert.
Don Skuta, vice president, Champion Racing commented on Herbert joining the team, "we are hoping to come back and run the rest of the ALMS season competitively. We are excited to have Johnny driving with us. Teamed with Andy Wallace it gives us a kind of British threat. We are looking to be competitive with the factory team, we are striving for the podium and hope to even sneak a win or two. I think we have drivers who are on par with those of the factory."
Champion is currently second in ALMS team points with Andy Wallace in fifth place in driver's points behind the factory drivers.