CHADDS FORD, PA, OCTOBER 1. Hugh Plumb, building on his successful 2002 season in GT Porsches, has been named to drive the XL Racing Ferrari 550 Maranello at the upcoming Petit LeMans. "I think it's every driver's dream to race a Ferrari at ...
CHADDS FORD, PA, OCTOBER 1. Hugh Plumb, building on his successful 2002 season in GT Porsches, has been named to drive the XL Racing Ferrari 550 Maranello at the upcoming Petit LeMans.
"I think it's every driver's dream to race a Ferrari at some point, and I want to thank Herve Frouin, owner of XL Racing, and Peter Seikel for giving me this opportunity," Plumb said. "We're certainly an underdog in the ALMS GT class against the Porsches, but this is a great team, the car is well prepared, and best of all, it's a Ferrari. We plan to show that this car is a very realistic option for GT competition."
Plumb has had an outstanding 2002 season to date. He's consistently been among the top Porsche qualifiers in the GT class, led GT at the 24 Hours of Daytona for ten hours, finished second in GT at the 12 Hours of Sebring, and has several other top finishes.. Plumb previously raced Touring Cars in the Speed World Challenge, scoring several victories in a factory-assisted Real Time Racing Acura.
Plumb's teammates for Petit Le Mans will be Craig Stanton , an American driver with more than ten years experience as a driver and team manager, and Frenchman Gilles Vannelet, with a long history of success in French and European racing.
XL Racing is a French team headquartered near the famous Bordeaux wine area of France, and has developed Ferrari 550 Maranellos for the ACO's LM-GT class. Their first 550 raced in the 2001 French GT championship, finishing fourth in class. The 550 the team brings to Petit LeMans is a new car built for the 2002 season, and XL plans to offer similar cars for the 2003 ALMS series.
The 550 will be run by Seikel Motorsport, a German team with an extensive racing history including class wins at the 24 Hours of LeMans and the 1000 Kms of Monza. Peter Seikel's team has extensive experience in the ALMS.
The Petit LeMans, a ten hour or 1000 mile race and part of the American LeMans Series, is scheduled for October 12 at the 2.52 mile Road Atlanta circuit.