PATRON HIGHCROFT RACING'S 2009 ACURA ASSAULT REVEALED AT SEBRING
SEBRING, FL, Monday, Jan. 26, 2009: Patron Highcroft Racing's 2009 American Le Mans Series Acura ARX-02a entry was unveiled today in Sebring - hitting the track for the first time in Patron colours and being officially launched by Acura at a key media event.
David Brabham and Dario Franchitti got the opportunity to try the new LMP1 class machine at the venue that will host the opening round of the American Le Mans Series championship - the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
2008 ALMS Rookie of the Year award winner Scott Sharp will get his opportunity on Tuesday when testing continues, starting at 8.00am.
Acura ARX-02a After today's track action, both the Patron Highcroft Racing #9 and the #66 de Ferran Motorsports LMP1 Acura machines were presented to the media at the Sebring Four Points by Sheraton hotel adjacent to the circuit.
After seeing the cars on track, media representatives were given the opportunity to take a closer look at the new Wirth Research developed entry at the Acura media event with the Patron-sponsored car stripped "naked" - its bodywork removed to reveal the unique tire strategy instigated on the new car.
The Acura ARX-02a will feature the same sized Michelin rubber on both the front and rear of the car.
"I think everyone here tonight that came to take a look at these cars can feel the passion and excitement we have at Patron Highcroft Racing about developing the Acura ARX-02a," team owner, Duncan Dayton said.
Duncan Dayton "To have the opportunity to work with Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research to develop these cars and compete at the highest level is an absolute privilege and honor for everybody at the team. We are thrilled to be part of the Acura family.
"I believe the battle that Acura had with Porsche and Audi last year was some of the greatest racing in the history of sports car competition in North America and we now look forward to challenging Audi and Peugeot for LMP1 honors at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March."
Testing continues on Tuesday with a pair of two-hour sessions scheduled for 8.00am and 2.10pm.