ALMS winning Petersen / White Lightning runs for ALMS title with all-american line-up. LAS VEGAS, February 10, 2004 - Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing formally announced its 2004 plans for participation in the American Le Mans Series...
ALMS winning Petersen / White Lightning runs for ALMS title with all-american line-up.
LAS VEGAS, February 10, 2004 - Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing formally announced its 2004 plans for participation in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) today. For only the second time in the team's storied ALMS career, the Michael Petersen-owned operation will field the No. 31 Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ Justice Brothers Porsche in each of the nine series' events. The 2003 Road America 500 GT class winning team will challenge for the title with the all-American driver line-up of David Murry, of Cumming, Ga., and Craig Stanton, of Long Beach, Calif. To complete what is expected to be a serious contender to the Alex Job Racing dominance of recent seasons, the team will field Porsche's new 2004 911 GT3 RSR riding on Michelin tires. Dale White returns as team manager, Harry Haggard as team engineer and Kent Moore will again be lead technician for the Las Vegas-based race team.
Stanton, whose spectacular run at the start of the '03 Road America-round set the team for its first ALMS victory, returns to Petersen/White Lightning for a second year. Murry, also an ALMS GT class winner, joins the team after several years racing Porsches for the finest GT teams in the world. Petersen/ White Lightning will open the season with the 52nd Annual Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring (International Raceway) on March 20.
Michael Petersen, car owner: "2004 is going to be exciting for Petersen Motorsports as we have added a few new sponsors and a new driver to the team. Even though the competition should be very tough, we are all very excited about Craig and David. We are confident that they will give our competition a very hard time. This is the second year that I have felt that it was time to go for the championship. All the cards have fallen into the right place and 2004 should be a very good year for Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing. We are set to be a big challenge to anyone in GT. The Westward Ho Porsche will be ready to give-out some Ferrari ass-kicking! Most importantly, we will put on a good show and have one hell of a good season."
Dale White: "Craig and David are both experienced, smart drivers that work well together. Their consistency will give us the best chance for a championship, and to win races, of any pairing we could ask to put in the Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing Porsche."
David Murry: "I am honored and elated to drive with Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing in their new 2004 Porsche GT3 RSR. They have shown what a great team they are by their finishes. They were a part of winning Le Mans last year and finished right behind the factory team in points without even competing in the full schedule. This year they are committed to the entire season and the title. I am also thrilled to have one of the best co-drivers anyone could ask for, Craig Stanton. He is not only quick but great with car setup and a great friend. We have been teammates before and it was a great partnership. Somebody pinch me!"
Craig Stanton: "I'm really thrilled about running with Petersen/ White Lightning again. Most of the key players are going to be back from last year. The team has committed to run a full season which has put us in serious contention for the championship. I'm really excited about being able run with David Murry for the full season. David and I have been friends for a long time and we were teammates back in '99. I am very pleased and excited about being teammates with him again in 2004. He is a great competitor and a hard charger and he fits right in with the rest of the team. Everyone here is very professional, very focused and has many resources in their bag of tricks. Dale and Mike have a great vision for this year and I am really, really excited about being a part of it."
Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing began operation as an off-road team in the 1980s winning over 50 truck victories, including three-consecutive overall wins at the Baja 1000, and multiple championships. Since beginning sports car racing, the effort has scored victories in the ALMS, the Trans-Am Series, Speed Challenge Series and endurance sports car wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Alex Job Racing, Watkins Glen and at the Rolex 24 of Daytona.
For more, please visit www.petersenmotorsports.com. To learn more David Murry, visit www.davidmurry.com and for more on Craig Stanton, please visit www.craigstanton.com.