Gaydon, UK, September 19, 2005 - Aston Martin Racing has confirmed that Jonny Kane will link up with the team for the penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA. Kane will join David Brabham...
Gaydon, UK, September 19, 2005 - Aston Martin Racing has confirmed that Jonny Kane will link up with the team for the penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.
Kane will join David Brabham (Australia) and Darren Turner (UK) in DBR9 No. 57 in the Petit Le Mans race, with Car No. 58 piloted by Tomas Enge (Czech Republic), Peter Kox (Netherlands) and Pedro Lamy (Portugal).
Born in Comber, Northern Ireland, Kane started kart racing in Ireland in 1988, posting 12 wins in the National Karting Championship before moving to the Irish Junior Formula Ford Championship and the British Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship. After winning the Irish Senior Formula Ford Championship in 1992 and joining the British Formula Ford Championship, Kane took the British Formula Ford title in 1994 with a record 13 wins, 11 poles and 12 fastest laps. He won the European Formula Ford Championship and the Formula Vauxhall Winter Series in the same year.
Kane made his Indy Lights debut in 1999 and was named 'Rookie of the Year'. More recently Kane has driven for the MG factory team, Audi UK and Team Bentley in a variety of sports car programmes. In 2005 Kane has been driving a TVR for Team LMT, winning the GT2 class at the LMES Spa 1000km race and coming 3rd in class at the Silverstone round of the FIA GT Championship. Kane has also been in the studio over the past few years working on the IRL series for Sky Television.
Kane said "I was really envious of the other Aston Martin drivers at the start of the season because the car looks so good. It's great to be getting a chance to drive it myself and to be a part of the Aston Martin Racing team.
"Although I have visited the track at Atlanta, I've never driven there so I am really looking forward to it, the track looks very exciting. It will be my first time in the car as well as my first time at the track so the test days prior to the race are going to come in very useful!
"I am also looking forward to driving with David (Brabham) again as we previously worked together on the Bentley programme".
David Braham commented: "I worked with Jonny (Kane) at Bentley and he is a real talent. Great team player and will be a great benefit to the team."
Team mate Darren Turner said: "I raced against Jonny in F3 back in 1997 where he went on and won the championship so I know he is very quick and able to race well. Both of us have won the B.R.D.C McLaren Autosport Young Driver Award and also we shared our debut Formula One test on the same day. I'm looking forward to working with Jonny and hopefully he can bring us some good Irish luck!"
Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell said: "It's great to get a driver of Jonny's pedigree on the team. We have been talking to Jonny for some time now so it is nice to be able to pull something together to get him in the car. He is more than capable of doing a great job for us and we are looking forward to getting him familiarised with the car in Atlanta".
The ninth round of the American Le Mans Series, the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans is scheduled to start at 11:20 a.m. EDT Oct. 1 at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.