Penske Porsche Sebring Winter Test wrap-up

PORSCHE RS SPYDER CONTINUES DEVELOPMENT AT LATEST ALMS SEBRING TEST SEBRING, Fla. - January 25 -- After three days of work at the American Le Mans Series Winter test at Sebring International Raceway, the Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder is on its...

PORSCHE RS SPYDER CONTINUES DEVELOPMENT AT LATEST ALMS SEBRING TEST

SEBRING, Fla. - January 25 -- After three days of work at the American Le Mans Series Winter test at Sebring International Raceway, the Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder is on its way home to Mooresville, North Carolina today, but the hard work in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will continue.

After recovering from an engine problem during Monday's session, the Porsche RS Spyder, with Lucas Luhr at the helm, turned the fastest lap of the week during the first 90-minute test window on Tuesday morning. That time stood up as the fastest LMP2 class time of the Winter Test, and was bested overall only by the Audi LMP1 racer. Although additional mechanical problems prevented the team from turning additional fast laps, Penske Porsche general manager John Erickson put the test in perspective.

"If we can complete next month's 12 Hours of Sebring second overall and first in class, we will be very pleased. We would have liked to run more laps this week, but we are confident that challenges that came up during this test are items that we can correct so they don't happen during the race," said Erickson.

Although all six drivers - Sascha Maassen, Lucas Luhr, Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Patrick Long, and Emmanuel Collard were present for the test, the team only had one car ready for the sessions, so not everyone was able to drive. Penske Racing will enter two Porsche RS Spyders for the entire 2006 American Le Mans Series starting with Sebring on March 18.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Timo Bernhard , Patrick Long , Romain Dumas
Teams Team Penske