DUAL SPORTSWOMAN LIZ HALLIDAY TO RACE ASTON MARTIN IN 007 YEAR! UK based American racing driver Liz Halliday has been confirmed as part of the driving strength at Team Modena for the 2007 Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) ...
DUAL SPORTSWOMAN LIZ HALLIDAY TO RACE ASTON MARTIN IN 007 YEAR!
UK based American racing driver Liz Halliday has been confirmed as part of the driving strength at Team Modena for the 2007 Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) opener at Sebring.
The young Californian dual sportswoman, who finished as runner-up in the LMP2 class of the ALMS in 2006 making her the most successful woman driver ever in the championship's history, will compete in the Le Mans Series for the first time having signed with the British based team to race its GT1 class Aston Martin DBR9. In doing so, Halliday will become the first female to compete on the international sports car scene in the famous British manufacturer's hugely successful GT car.
Liz will dovetail her 2007 motor racing programme with another season of international 3-day eventing as she strives to achieve her unique double-goal of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours and taking an Olympic medal for the US equestrian team.
Team Modena today confirmed that Halliday will join Spanish co-driver Antonio Garcia for a full season in the Le Mans Series, with the duo being joined by an as yet unnamed third driver for an assault on the famous 12-hours of Sebring. The team are also hopeful of earning an invitation to race in the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours in June, having finished a superb 9th overall and 4th in class at their first attempt in 2006.
Halliday was understandably delighted with the news as she began preparations for her first season in the Le Mans Series. Liz said: "It's extremely exciting to be joining a team as professional and successful as Team Modena. I couldn't help but notice their performance in the Le Mans Series and at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2006 and I was very impressed. Having met Rik Bryan and his team I feel certain we can enjoy even more success this season.
"I have never driven an Aston Martin before and I am really looking forward to it. I believe that to be classed as truly successful, any sports car driver needs to have driven all different types of cars, and with that in mind I relish this new challenge. The Aston Martin DBR9 is widely considered the best GT1 car in the world right now and it is a car I have always wanted to drive since it first arrived on the sports car scene. It is a very cool car and I think I'm the first woman to race it - and in a 007 year too!
"It's also going to be a new challenge for me taking on the Le Mans Series. It will be fantastic to be racing at circuits such as Monza, the Nurburgring, Interlagos and Silverstone, which are all part of motorsport folklore. To race alongside a driver with the ability of Antonio Garcia in the championship is also a huge bonus and I'm sure I can learn a lot from him."
Whilst excited about her new season in Europe, Liz paid tribute to the American Le Mans Series in which she has raced for the past two years: "I have really enjoyed my time in the American Le Mans Series and I would like to send my sincere thanks to all the many friends I have made in the last couple years. I look forward to seeing them all again at Sebring and hope to race in the championship again in the near future. In the end though, the deal with Team Modena was just too good an opportunity to turn down.
"I'd also like to thank all my partners and in particular iZon. They have helped to make this deal happen and I am sure our relationship will continue to be a very successful one this year."
Team Modena co-owner Rik Bryan was also thrilled with the announcement: "It's great to have Liz with us. She is very experienced in many different types of car and has raced at both Sebring and Le Mans before, which can only help us. Our goal for the season has to be making Team Modena regular podium visitors at the very least and so we are delighted to be able to add her to our driver line-up."
Liz's co-driver Antonio Garcia admitted he too was excited about the 2007 campaign: "I'm looking forward to another season with Team Modena and to build on our successes of 2006. I'm delighted to be working with Liz and very excited about driving at Sebring. For me it is one of the highlights of this year's calendar."
With Liz's motorsport plans now finalised, she will soon be unveiling an equally exciting equestrian schedule as her unique dual-sporting life continues. "I will be competing with three horses at International level in 3-day eventing this year. I'm looking forward to getting started with that shortly after Sebring."