Farnbacher Loles Racing Birmingham, Mid-Ohio preview

Farnbacher Loles Racing drivers Dirk Werner and Richard Westbrook will both do double duty this weekend, driving in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday and in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car...

Farnbacher Loles Racing drivers Dirk Werner and Richard Westbrook will both do double duty this weekend, driving in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday and in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., on Sunday.

They will race together in the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Mid-Ohio, where they hope to carry the momentum of their second-place GT2 class finish in last week's ALMS race at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.

"After the last race, I think it's not too much to look for a win in Mid-Ohio," Werner said. "The track will fit the Porsche pretty well and the team is on a good wave with the car right now. We have a strong driver lineup. I hope this time, everything goes right for us."

Werner, of Kissenbruck, Germany, will move to the No. 87 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car that he shares with Bryce Miller of Summit, N.J., for the Sunday Rolex Series race. The pair finished second in the GT class in the last series race, at Daytona International Speedway.

"It's not the perfect situation, but I'm glad that Bryce still was willing to drive with me, although this might be a little bit of a disadvantage in the first part of my stint. But I've driven there before and I know when I get to the track on Sunday, the team and Bryce will have done a good job setting up the car," Werner noted. "I hope that we can continue the momentum from the last race and get a podium. It's possible, but the track will be very challenging, with the heat and the track layout not being really perfect for the Porsche."

Westbrook, of London, England, will drive the No. 88 Porsche Cup car on Sunday with Steve Johnson of Bristol, Va., stepping in for Dave Lacey of Toronto, who is awaiting the birth of his first child.

"I can't wait for Barber. Having grown up in nearby Oneonta, it's great to get back to my roots and see some of my old buddies," Johnson said. "I'm looking forward to running with my friend, Richard Westbrook. We are going to try our best for a podium in honor of my teammate, Dave Lacey, who is very pregnant and probably will be a proud new father by the time the race starts."

Westbrook acknowledged, "It's going to be a hectic weekend, but the way to deal with it is one race at a time. We have to be completely focused on an extremely important race for us in Mid-Ohio. We really want to build on the pace that we showed in Lime Rock.

"Then I'll have to turn my attention to first getting to Barber, then racing. Obviously, it's going to be an extremely strange situation, going to a track and starting in a race when I don't even know what the track looks like. But we'll find the best way to play it. I've worked with Steve Johnson before -- he's a great guy and a great driver. We'll be looking for a podium."

Leh Keen of Charleston, S.C., and Eric Lux of Jacksonville, Fla., will again team in the No. 86 Porsche Cup car. They will be looking for their second win of the season, after topping the GT class in the Rolex Series race at Mid-Ohio in June.

Challenge, too

Farnbacher Loles Racing will also compete in two IMSA Challenge by Michelin races this weekend. Darrell Carlisle of McLean, Va., is carrying the team colors in the No. 43 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

-credit: flr

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Series ALMS , Grand-Am
Drivers Dave Lacey , Steve Johnson , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Darrell Carlisle , Dirk Werner , Richard Westbrook , Bryce Miller