Care Racing Development is going all out for Championship honours in the 2003 American Le Mans Series with its Prodrive Ferrari team and, with this aim in mind, has signed up two of international sportscar racing's best known names in order to ...
Care Racing Development is going all out for Championship honours in the 2003 American Le Mans Series with its Prodrive Ferrari team and, with this aim in mind, has signed up two of international sportscar racing's best known names in order to supplement its driver line up.
David Brabham of Australia and Dane Jan Magnussen will be donning the scarlet of Ferrari to race alongside GTS class Le Mans winning duo Tomas Enge of the Czech Republic and Peter Kox of the Netherlands.
Care Racing founder and instigator of the Prodrive Ferrari programme, Frédéric Dor, explained the decision to revise the driver line-up at this stage of the season:
"It has become clear to me over the last year that, thanks to Prodrive, we have an exceptional racing car with the potential to win many races and Championships. The success of our Ferrari 550 Maranellos being campaigned in Europe by BMS Scuderia Italia has been fantastic, and Veloqx Prodrive Racing's GTS win at Le Mans overcame many people's doubts about the reliability of the car and, for me, was a dream come true.
"When we returned to the American Le Mans Series, it also became clear that the level of competition had risen again and we need to match that progression in order to be able to truly compete and to win. We know that Tomas and Peter are a great team, well established with the car and each other, and we wanted to be able to give them an equal partnership in the other car to try to win the Championship.
"Danica and Jerome both performed extremely well at Road Atlanta, given that they had had little time with the car and the track beforehand, but the advantage that David and Jan have is that they know each track very well and - as we know - can compete together at the highest level. We do not want to lose contact with any of our drivers so Care Racing is therefore planning to run a third Ferrari 550 for Danica, who fitted in with the team so well and who brought so much to us. This will happen as soon as a car is available to ship to the US and the necessary arrangements can be made. In the meantime Jerome will be racing for Care Racing in the Spa 24 Hours, the same weekend as Sears Point."