Champion Racing has Championship Drivers for 50th Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (February 15, 2002) -- One of the top privateer teams in the American Le Mans Series has assembled an all-star lineup of drivers for the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, at Sebring International...

SEBRING, Fla. (February 15, 2002) -- One of the top privateer teams in the American Le Mans Series has assembled an all-star lineup of drivers for the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, at Sebring International Raceway on March 16.

Champion Racing of Pompano Beach, Fla., has entered an Audi R8 Prototype in the event for drivers Andy Wallace, Stefan Johansson and Jan Lammers. Two of the three are former Sebring winners, two are former Formula One drivers and all are former winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Wallace, from England, will run the full American Le Mans Series schedule in 2002 for Champion Racing. The overall winner at Sebring in 1992 and 1993, Wallace is also a two-time winner of the Daytona 24 Hours (1990, 1997) and won the 1988 Le Mans classic while paired with Lammers. Wallace has one of the most remarkable records of any driver to have competed at Sebring, with four seconds, two thirds and a fifth along with his two wins coming in 12 starts.

Johansson has only raced in five Sebring 12-hour events, but has two overall wins (1984, 1997). The Swede, a former Formula One driver, also has a third and a fourth at Sebring, with the fourth coming last year. He was part of the overall winning team at Le Mans in 1997.

Lammers, who paired with Wallace to win at Le Mans in 1988, is seeking his first Sebring victory. The Dutch driver has a second, third and seventh in five starts at Sebring and is also a former Formula One competitior. In addition, he was part of the winning team in the 1990 Daytona 24 Hours.

Wallace will pair with fellow Englishman Johnny Herbert in the remaining nine races on the ALMS schedule in 2002. Herbert is joining the factory Audi team at Sebring but will return to the Champion Racing seat for the April 7 Grand Prix Americas in Miami and the rest of the events.

Upwards of 50 cars are expected to compete at Sebring, including cars in the Prototype 900 and 675, GTS and GT classes. Rinaldo Capello, Laurent Aiello and the late Michele Alboreto won last year's event in an Audi R8 Prototype. Audi has been the overall winner the past two years.

Sebring International Raceway, built on the site of a former World War II bomber training base, will hold a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 12-hour event. Many of the former winning drivers and cars from past editions of the event will be on hand to take part in the festivities, with the cars on display for most of the week of the event.

Ticket information is available online at www.sebringraceway.com or by calling the raceway ticket office at 1-863-655-1442 (toll-free in Florida 1-800-626-RACE).

The Sebring race will be televised live from start to finish on the SPEED Channel. Live coverage by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web can be heard online at www.imsaracing.net.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Jan Lammers , Johnny Herbert , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Laurent Aiello , Michele Alboreto