Elton Julian Joins Team Barazi for Petit Le Mans Following his successful comeback at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, American Elton Julian will co-drive Team Barazi's LMP2-class Courage chassis in the Petit Le Mans round of the American Le Mans...
Elton Julian Joins Team Barazi for Petit Le Mans
Following his successful comeback at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, American Elton Julian will co-drive Team Barazi's LMP2-class Courage chassis in the Petit Le Mans round of the American Le Mans Series on October 1st. Julian will step into the shoes of team regular Michael Vergers of Holland, who will be chasing the SCSA title for US-style stock cars at Britain's Rockingham oval this weekend. The driver lineup will be led as usual by former British touring car ace Phil Bennett, backed up by car owner Juan Barazi of Denmark.
The eighth running of the Petit Le Mans will be held at the roller-coaster Road Atlanta circuit over the shorter of 1,000 miles or 10 hours. With the winner of each class guaranteed an entry for next year's Le Mans 24 Hours, the race has drawn an influx of entries from Europe. The LMP2 entry alone has doubled, with three each of the latest Courage and Lola chassis set to do battle.
Except for its Pirelli tires, the team's Courage C65-AER turbo package is the same as that of the Miracle Motorsports entry currently leading the ALMS LMP2 point standings. The red number 30 Barazi car will be run at Road Atlanta with the assistance of Kruse Motorsport. The German outfit claimed second place at the Silverstone 1000KM round of the Le Mans Endurance Series in August with Bennett, Vergers, and Barazi performing mightily in near-monsoon conditions.
"We are very happy to have Elton joining us at Road Atlanta," said Barazi. "He should be a real asset to the team and a big contributor to our effort to earn an entry for next year's Le Mans 24 Hours."
The 30-year-old Californian was confirmed in the Barazi seat just a week before the Road Atlanta enduro. "I want to thank Juan and Phil for welcoming me into the team for this race. We all met at Le Mans and got on well there, so I'm looking forward to working with them and the rest of the team," said Julian.
"Running Petit Le Mans is an important part of our plan for securing a full-time sportscar drive in 2006," according to Julian. "We met with a lot of the US sportscar teams after Le Mans and our sponsorship package for next season is coming together nicely. Now I need to show the teams over here what I can do in person."
Julian who holds the record for the youngest-ever winner of a British Formula 3 race drove at Le Mans in Jan Lammers' Racing for Holland Dome-Judd LMP1 entry. On the way to 7th place and this year's highest rookie finish, Elton recorded the team's fastest day and night time race laps, having already set the car's best race-tire qualifying lap. The result was especially remarkable coming after a six-year layoff from racing.
Continued backing for Julian's efforts is provided by his sponsors from Le Mans, including Men's Health and Best Life magazines, Create Media, Puma Motorsport, and Impact Race Products, while leading motorsport news and feature website The-Paddock.net is providing additional support for Road Atlanta.