Petersen/White Lightning Hopes to Keep Le Mans Success in ALMS
LAS VEGAS, Nev., June 24 2004 -- Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing had little time to celebrate last week's victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The GT class winning team, owned by Michael Petersen (Las Vegas) and managed by Dale White (Las Vegas), rolled the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR into an airfreight container following the Le Mans victory celebration still covered with the affects of racing 24 hours. The Porsche was transported to Lexington, Ohio's Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to take part in this Sunday's American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio. The two hour, 45-minute race is the second of the 2004 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season. The Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ Michelin Porsche is third in the season-long chase for the team, driver and manufacturers' title having taken the third step of the podium at the season-opening Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March.
Much must be done to the familiar Petersen/ White Lightning mount when it arrives in the United States. The yellow and white Porsche with the distinctive red lightning bolt down the side will be cleaned, the six-cylinder "boxer" engine will be replaced with a new 'sprint' race variant, regular maintenance and preparations will occur to assure that no substantial wear has been placed on the car in 24 hours of competition at La Sarthe in France. The final act, before the car is rolled into International Motors Sports Association (IMSA) technical inspection, will be to place the traditional No. 31 back onto the flanks of the Porsche where No. 90 resided for the 24 Hours of Le Mans victory.
The Petersen/ White Lightning team is eager to return Mid-Ohio for the first time since their legendary GT battle there in 2002 with rival Alex Job Racing (AJR). Then, the No. 31 was bumped out of the lead late in the going fighting for the team's first ALMS victory. Since, the team has won the 2003 Road America 500 and two 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Dale White, team manager: "It was nice to return home for a few days and recover from mental exhaustion. But we'll be glad to get back to the ALMS and continue our fight for the championship."
David Murry: "I have been waiting since Sebring to race the new car. We went to Sebring conservative but now for Mid Ohio I think the plan is sprint mode. I can't wait. It going to be tough competition and that's what ALMS is all about."
Craig Stanton: "I am really excited about getting back with the Petersen/ White Lightning team after the strong run we had at Sebring and after the good run the team had at Le Mans. As a group we have all gained momentum. I know I am on my game. David is certainly on his game and the team, after Le Mans, is definitely on their game. I am eager to get to Mid-Ohio, I love that track, it is one of my favorite tracks. I think all the fans should get over and check out the car because it isn't too often you see a Le Mans winning car. I think it is great we get to run a car that has all of that heritage. The guys have learned a lot in Le Mans and that is all going to carry-over to the rest of the ALMS season."
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