Bundy hurting but wants to drive in Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON, Ga. (Sep. 22) -- His body is sore, but veteran road racer Doc Bundy of Gainesville, Ga., plans to be at his usual place behind the wheel when the American Le Mans Series runs the Petit Le Mans, Presented by Audi, at Road Atlanta on ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (Sep. 22) -- His body is sore, but veteran road racer Doc Bundy of Gainesville, Ga., plans to be at his usual place behind the wheel when the American Le Mans Series runs the Petit Le Mans, Presented by Audi, at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Sept.30.

Bundy, who lives close to the Road Atlanta circuit, is recovering from a broken rib suffered in a hard crash that occurred during the most recent ALMS race at Portland, Ore., on Sept. 10.

"This race is very important for me because it's home," said Bundy, who settled in the area in 1980 while helping to start a road racing school. "I really want to be out there racing. I feel in my heart that I can do it, and I don't like to lie to myself."

Bundy is entered in the 10-hour sports car endurance race in a Porsche 911 GT3 R that he will co-drive with Australian Rohan Skea. With the help of two ALMS teams based at Road Atlanta, Panoz Motorsports and Dick Barbour Racing, he has built a carbon fiber rib brace that he will wear while driving.

"I've enlisted the help of many, and we've been busy at it," he said. "Hopefully, it will help me be reasonably comfortable. I'll just put a piece of rawhide in my mouth and go for it."

Bundy, who has two career sports car wins at Road Atlanta in Prototype or GT cars, probably has more laps around the 12-turn circuit than any other driver currently active in the ALMS. "I'd have to rank pretty high in that category, if only because I've been around so long," he said. "My racing career basically started at Road Atlanta."

The Bundy/Skea duo will be a team car to the Porsche co-driven by Atlanta resident David Murry and England's Johnny Mowlem. "My team is in a building year, but my teammates stand a very good chance of winning the Petit," he said. "I'll play a support role to them."

The Petit Le Mans will cover 10 hours or 1,000 racing miles, whichever comes first, and will get the green flag at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Provisional qualifying will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, with final qualifying on Friday, Sept. 29. The Women's Global GT Series will hold a 45-minute race on Friday as well.

The Petit Le Mans will be televised live on Speedvision, and will be broadcast by the AMLS Radio Web at www.petitlemans.com.

Ticket information is available by calling 1-800-849-RACE, or at www.roadatlanta.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers David Murry , Johnny Mowlem