PENSKE MOTORSPORTS TO RETURN TO ALMS IN 2007 WITH REVISED PORSCHE RS SPYDER LMP2 PROTOTYPES ATLANTA -- October 12, 2006 -- After a successful championship season in 2006, Penske Motorsports and the Porsche RS Spyder will be back together in 2007...
PENSKE MOTORSPORTS TO RETURN TO ALMS IN 2007 WITH REVISED PORSCHE RS SPYDER LMP2 PROTOTYPES
ATLANTA -- October 12, 2006 -- After a successful championship season in 2006, Penske Motorsports and the Porsche RS Spyder will be back together in 2007 with a two-car effort in the American Le Mans Series' LMP2 class.
Penske Motorsports has already clinched the American Le Mans Series team championship in the LMP2 class, and Porsche now owns the manufacturers title for both LMP2 engine and chassis for 2006 -- with the Penske/Porsche drivers holding a solid lead for the LMP2 drivers championship going into the last event of the season at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway on October 21.
"We are excited to continue our successful partnership with Porsche as we look ahead to the 2007 American Le Mans Series championship," said Roger Penske, Chairman, Penske Racing, Inc. "Our immediate focus remains on helping Lucas and Sascha earn the 2006 driver's championship before we turn our collective attention to the development of the next generation RS Spyder."
Penske added that the Porsche RS Spyder team will again concentrate exclusively on the American Le Mans Series' 12-race schedule for 2007 with the goal of winning the LMP2 championship, and will not contest other races or series with the cars including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He said that the driver lineup for 2007 has not been determined at this time.
Hartmut Kristen, Porsche's director of worldwide motorsports, is pleased that Penske Motorsports is back for 2007, and hopes to repeat this year's success in the coming year.
"Porsche is delighted to renew its relationship with Penske Motorsports for the 2007 season," Kristen commented. "Their experience and professionalism contributed greatly to achieving the goals we established going into 2006. Utilizing the next generation of the RS Spyder, we are very optimistic this success will continue next year."
Unveiled recently at the Paris Motor Show, the 2007 edition of the Porsche RS Spyder promises to be even more formidable than this year's championship-winning car. For better handling and greater speed, its many changes include enhanced areodymics and a more powerful 3.4-liter, V8 engine. In addition the carbon-fiber body has been modified for an even higher standard of ease and convenience for service and maintenance.
Penske Motorsports, Inc. is the wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Racing, Inc. that fields two Porsche RS Spyders exclusively in the American Le Mans Series. Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have 279 major race wins including 14 Indianapolis 500-mile race victories, 323 pole positions and 20 National Championships.
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