KELLENERS AND MILNER AS ALMS DRIVERS
HILLIARD, Ohio - Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) announced today it has signed veteran sports car drivers Ralf Kelleners and Tom Milner to drive its Porsche GT2 entry in the 2007 American Le Mans Series. Both drivers bring ALMS experience to RLR's newest program, which will make its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.
Kelleners, a 38-year-old native of Dinslaken, Germany, has professional sports car experience dating back to the early 90s and has driven factory entries at Le Mans for Porsche and Toyota and for Ferrari at Sebring and Daytona. Last season he split his season between ALMS for Ferrari (3rd at Sebring) a one-off run in Grand-Am and a run in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring for BMW in Germany. Kelleners is a second-generation driver whose father Helmut was a three-time European Touring Car champion.
Milner, a 20-year-old native of Washington, Virginia, joins RLR with two full seasons of sports car experience, including last season in the ALMS GT2 series when he drove for Multimatic Motorsports and posted nine top-ten results in ten races. Milner is the son of Team PTG owner, Tom Milner and has spent his entire life in racing and around the family business of racing.
"In Ralf and Tom I think we have found a combination of experience and potential that will serve as an excellent foundation for our Porsche GT2 entry," said Rahal Letterman co-owner Bobby Rahal. "We had a lot of interest in these opportunities from drivers in ALMS and from other series. I feel strongly that in a first year program it is important to have a level of familiarity in the program with the series and the competitors. Our drivers will set the tone for our program and they will certainly have a wealth of input in our on-track efforts in 2007. Nobody at RLR is underestimating the enormity of the task that competing in GT2 will comprise."
"When I heard that Rahal Letterman Racing was starting a GT2 program with Porsche it was something that I was immediately interested in talking about with Bobby," said Kelleners. "RLR has a great history in open-wheel racing and it only took a few minutes of talking with Bobby and Jay O'Connell [RLR Technical Director] to know that this was a great fit for me personally and professionally. I look forward to helping start a new chapter in the rich history of Rahal Letterman Racing."
"This is a great opportunity for me as a young driver to race for Rahal Letterman Racing and to utilize the experience I have gained in ALMS over the last couple of years," said Milner. "Having grown up around racing and having seen how tough it is to find opportunities when you are first starting out, I appreciate the chance to compete for a championship caliber team in Rahal Letterman."
-credit: Rahal Letterman Racing