Porsche drivers collect AARWBA honors

ONTARIO, Calif. - January 13 - Wolf Henzler and Jorg Bergmeister, both Porsche factory drivers and 2008 American Le Mans Series GT champions with their Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, received the All-American First Team At Large...

ONTARIO, Calif. - January 13 - Wolf Henzler and Jorg Bergmeister, both Porsche factory drivers and 2008 American Le Mans Series GT champions with their Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, received the All-American First Team At Large award at Saturday night's 39th annual American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America Team ceremony, presented by A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.

AARWBA members annually elect drivers to the Team from seven categories: Stock car, open-wheel, drag racing, road racing, short track, touring series and at-large. Penske Porsche RS Spyder drivers Romain Dumas (France) and Timo Bernhard (Germany) were elected to the All-American Second Team in the road racing category as well.

Other All-American Team drivers to earn Horsepower Trophies were: Tony Schumacher and Cruz Pedregon (drag racing); Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards (stock car); Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves (open wheel); Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas and David Brabham/Scott Sharp (road racing); Johnny Benson and Justin Allgaier (touring series); Jerry Coons Jr. and Donny Schatz (short track); and Raphael Matos (at-large).

Henzler, who attended the banquet and accepted the award on behalf of Bergmeister, Porsche and Flying Lizard Motorsports, gave credit to all his teammates and supporters.

"Thank you very much for this award, which I accept for myself and my co-driver, Jorg Bergmeister. Our number 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR won the GT2 Championship this (past) year in the American Le Mans Series, and I appreciate the members of AARWBA for recognizing that achievement. I would like to thank Porsche Motorsports for providing the best GT car in the world, Flying Lizard Motorsports for having the best crew to prepare our car and my co-driver Jorg for always keeping the car on track and in the race, while IMSA and the American Le Mans Series provides the ideal platform for car companies to show off their latest technology," he said

In 2009, Henzler will team with Dirk Werner (Germany) to race with Farnbacher Loles Racing in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR; Bergmeister will return to Flying Lizard and reunite with his 2005 GT2 co-champion teammate and American Porsche factory driver Patrick Long.

Porsche Motorsport North America President Paul Ritchie also received an award from AARWBA for Porsche's longtime support of the media organization.

All of the Porsche drivers mentioned above - Henzler, Bergmeister, Werner, Dumas, Bernhard, and Long - along with more than 70 other racers will compete in one of the 21 Porsches (three Porsche-powered Rileys in the Daytona Prototype class and 18 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer cars) entered in the upcoming Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, scheduled for January 24 - 25.

-credit: porsche

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