BRASELTON, Ga. (April 15, 2004) - David Brabham, Peter Kox and Scott Maxwell, three drivers with winning records in the American Le Mans Series, have been named to drive for the new Lamborghini factory-affiliated Krohn- Barbour Racing team that will debut in the next round of the ALMS at Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course in late June.
The three join previously-announced driver and team co-owner Tracy Krohn as pilots of the two Lamborghini Murcielago R-GTs that Krohn-Barbour Racing will field in all eight remaining rounds of the 2004 season for the ALMS. The cars will compete in the GTS class.
"We're extremely pleased to be campaigning this lineup of exceptional drivers, who will each contribute to bringing out the full potential of the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GTs," said team co-owner Dick Barbour. "Each driver brings experience of driving in relevant areas and taking podium finishes. Each shares the philosophy of Krohn-Barbour Racing: we're not here to make up thee numbers and we go racing to win championships."
Brabham and Kox will co-drive the #5 Krohn-Barbour Racing entry while Maxwell will team with Krohn in the team's #6 entry.
Brabham, from Australia, has competed in all but three of the 48 races held since the formation of the ALMS in 1999 and is second on the all- time career starts list. He has 10 wins, seven of them overall race victories while driving for the former Panoz factory team, and three GTS class wins earned last year with the Prodrive Ferrari team.
"I'm obviously looking forward to the challenge," said Brabham. "It's a new team, and a car that's new to the series. With my experience driving the Ferrari last year, and driving the Saleen at Sebring, I'm looking forward to seeing how the Lamborghini goes. I know Peter and Scott very well and am happy to be driving with them, and with Tracy it's potentially a very good package.
"With a new car and a new team, you can't expect too much too soon," he said. "At first, we want to get good finishes and good data on the car so we can work to keep improving."
Kox, from The Netherlands, was part of the GTS class-winning team in the 2003 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the Prodrive Ferrari squad. He teamed with Tomas Enge and Prodrive to score one GTS win in each of the past two ALMS seasons, including a victory in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 2003. Kox also has experience in Lamborghini racers, having driven a Diablo GTR for Reiter Engineering in the 2001 FIA GT Championship, and he has participated in Reiter's testing and development of the new Murcielago along with Audi Sport.
Maxwell, from Toronto, is a longtime veteran of sports car racing and also a former class winner in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He drove cars fielded by Dick Barbour in the ALMS in 2001, winning the LMP 675 class that year in the Petit Le Mans. He spent the 2003 ALMS season driving Prototypes for JML Team Panoz.
Krohn is President and CEO of W&T Offshore, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company with activities primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. He began his racing career three years ago at the Panoz Racing School and progressed through the Panoz GT Pro Series, where he finished second overall in 2003. He lives in Houston.
Barbour will be trying to become the first team owner in ALMS history to win team titles in three different classes, having won the GT class championship in 2000 and the LMP 675 title in 2001. His team also won the LMP 675 title in the European Le Mans Series in 2001. He scored three straight wins in the Sebring 12 Hours, one as a driver and three as an owner, beginning in 1978, and the native Californian also took three consecutive class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver starting in 1978. His team enjoyed a 14-win season in 1980 that was capped off with an IMSA championship.
Krohn-Barbour Racing will run the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GTs from Barbour's shop located at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., with factory support from Automobili Lamborghini. A team of Krohn-Barbour technicians will spend time at Reiter Engineering in Germany prior to the shipment of the cars to North America.
American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio will be Round Two of the 2004 season for the ALMS and will include a two-hour, 45-minute timed event on Sunday, June 27. The race will be televised live by CBS Sports in North America and MotorsTV in Europe and will be broadcast live by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web online at www.americanlemans.com.
Ticket information for the Mid-Ohio event is available online at www.midohio.com or by calling 1-800-MID-OHIO.