|June 30, 2005
Team ADT Champion Racing Returns to North America for the New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock
LAKEVILLE, CT. - Fresh from Team ADT Champion Racing's successful first and third place victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team has quickly returned to North America to contest the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series at Lime Rock Park. Lime Rock, the toughest track on the 10-race circuit, will host the New England Grand Prix, July 1-4. Because of local ordinances, racing cannot be held at Lime Rock Park on Sundays, so the ALMS race will be held on Independence Day, Monday, July 4.
The Lime Rock Park track is 1.54 miles long, the smallest circuit that the ALMS will visit in the 2005 season. For the drivers of the No.1 Audi R8, JJ Lehto and Marco Werner, this marks their second visit to the historic track. At last year's inaugural race, the duo captured first place on the podium after a strong battle with the Dyson Racing Team. "Last year we had a very good battle with the Dyson cars," commented Lehto. "I know this year it will be just as exciting and just as competitive."
Teammates Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela (Audi R8 No. 2) will have to adapt quickly to the short and narrow circuit. Neither driver has much less seen the circuit nor had the opportunity to drive it. "I've heard a lot about the track but until I get there and have my first practice session, I really don't know what to expect," said Biela. "I am sure it will be quite different from what I am used to but I like that kind of challenge."
In the battle for the LMP1 team championship, Team ADT Champion Racing leads Dyson Racing by four points as the ALMS enters its critical July stretch with three races in five weeks.
The New England Grand Prix, Round 4 of the American Le Mans Series, is set for 3:00 p.m. July 4 at Lime Rock Park. SPEED Channel will provide live coverage, along with American Le Mans Series Radio at www.americanlemans.com.
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #1
JJ Lehto (Fin). Age: 39. Born: Espoo, Finland. Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco:
Marco Werner (D). Age: 38. Born: Dortmund, Germany. Lives: Ermatingen, Switzerland:
TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING AUDI R8 #2
Frank Biela (D). Age: 40. Born: Neuss, Germany. Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco:
Emanuele Pirro (It). Age: 43. Born: Rome, Italy. Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco:
For more information on Audi motorsports visit www.audiusa.com. For more information on Champion Racing, visit www.championracing.net.