Portland: Champion Racing preview

Champion Racing at Portland International Raceway Team Adt Champion Racing- Audi R8 Portland, OR. (July 23, 2004) - Team ADT Champion Racing stayed on the west coast this week for the second leg of the back-to-back American Le Mans Series...

Champion Racing at Portland International Raceway

Team Adt Champion Racing- Audi R8

Portland, OR. (July 23, 2004) - Team ADT Champion Racing stayed on the west coast this week for the second leg of the back-to-back American Le Mans Series races. After a "text book" win last weekend at Infineon Raceway, the crew packed up and headed north to continue their winning streak this weekend at Portland International Raceway. The Grand Prix of Portland, July 23-25, marks the fifth race for the team on the nine race schedule.

The last time the American Le Mans Series visited the 1.944-mile road racing circuit was in 2001. Coincidentally that was also the last time Team ADT Champion driver JJ Lehto raced here but at that time, JJ was piloting a BMW M3.

"I enjoyed racing here a few years ago but now I'm anxious to compete here in the Audi R8," said Lehto. "The straits on the front and backstretch are very fast and you can fly through the "S's" if you don't get caught in traffic."

Portland International Raceway is a new track for Lehto's teammate, Marco Werner, but given Werner's history with new tracks, it shouldn't be a problem.

Team ADT Champion Racing (Pompano Beach, FL) hopes to come away with this weekend with their fourth consecutive win.

The Portland Grand Prix gets the green flag at 1 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 25. The SPEED Channel will feature round five of the American Le Mans Series with a live telecast of the Portland Grand Prix, live from Portland (Ore.) International Raceway, Sunday, July 25, at 4 p.m. (EDT).

Marco Werner (Germany). "This is a completely new track for me so I am excited to be here. I just wish it wasn't so hot. I've been very happy with the car and the team and of course JJ so I hope this weekend will be the same."

JJ Lehto (Finland). "This weekend is going to be hot! I haven't driven here since 2001 (BMW M3) so I really won't know what the track will be like until practice on Friday. Our car has been really good lately so I'm sure it will be good here too."

Audi Certified Pre-Owned Champion Rs 6 Team

The Audi Certified Champion RS 6 Team also continues their back-to-back stretch at Portland International Raceway. After a grueling race at Infineon Raceway, both cars have been repaired and prepped to defend their lead in the Manufacturer's Championship in the SPEED World Challenge GT Series.

This is only the second time the SPEED World Challenge Series has appeared at Portland International Raceway. In 2001, Champion Racing competed with two Audi S4's driven by Michael Galati and Derek Bell. Galati won the race and also set a track record, 1:23.694 (83.350).

The SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at Portland International Raceway, Round Five of the 2004 Championship, is scheduled for Sunday, July 25, at 10:55 a.m. (PDT). The race will be broadcast the same day via tape-delay on SPEED Channel at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Randy Pobst (Gainesville, GA). "Portland is a great place to race. The people seem to be real race fans here. As for our Audi RS 6's we should be more competitive here than Infineon. It's supposed to be real hot here so the heat might generate some quattro traction initiatives. We'll continue to give 100% working to keep the Manufacturer's Championship lead."

Michael Galati (Olmsted, OH). "I think last time we were here in 2001 we won the race so I'm happy to be back here. It's different this year because of the weight additions to our RS 6's but we should be more competitive than we were last weekend at Infineon Raceway. The Champion guys have done a great job in getting my car back up to 100%."

-cr-

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Series ALMS , PWC
Drivers Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Marco Werner , Derek Bell , JJ Lehto