ADT/Champion Audi R8 takes third at Road America 500 American Le Mans Series. New driving team Johansson/Herbert capture IMSA Cup for Privateers. BOCA RATON, FL, July 8, 2002 - ADT/Champion Racing continued its momentum in the 2002 ALMS season,...
ADT/Champion Audi R8 takes third at Road America 500 American Le Mans
New driving team Johansson/Herbert capture IMSA Cup for Privateers.
BOCA RATON, FL, July 8, 2002 - ADT/Champion Racing continued its momentum in the 2002 ALMS season, as the newly paired racing team of Stefan Johansson and Johnny Herbert placed third at the American Le Mans Series Road America 500 yesterday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The team also captured the IMSA Cup in recognition of their highest-place finish as a privateer in the LMP900 class. ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire and Security Services (NYSE: TYC; LSE: TYI; BSX: TYC), is the title sponsor of the Champion Audi R8 team.
Heading into the race, ADT/Champion Racing ranked first in points in the LMP900 IMSA class for Privateers in the overall ALMS series. In addition, Johnny Herbert placed second in overall points for a driver in the LMP900 class, and ADT/Champion ranked third overall in team standings.
"Road America is known to be one of the toughest courses in the world and we are very pleased with our team's success under very extreme heat and difficult conditions," said Champion Vice President Don Skuta. "We have certainly established ourselves in the series and are looking forward to continuing our momentum in Washington, D.C."
Audis swept the top three positions at Road America, with Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello placing first and Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro placing second, both driving factory Audi cars. Co-driving an Audi R8 Prototype, Denmark's Kristensen and Italy's Capello scored a 32.172-second win over the Audi driven by Biela and Pirro.
Herbert, a former Formula One star, was joined by new team member Johansson for the third-place finish. This was Johansson's second race as a permanent part of the ADT/Champion Racing team. For over two decades, Johansson has been one of the top drivers in the world of international motorsports. Throughout his career, he has driven for some of the most prestigious teams and manufacturers in the world, including Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and Audi. Johansson has been successful in Formula One, IndyCar and Le Mans style sports cars, previously winning both the12 hours of Sebring (Ferrari) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (Porsche).
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American Le Mans Series is a series of North American sports car races based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race. American Le Mans Series races feature four classes of race cars competing for class wins and the overall win, with the fields including many of the same drivers and cars that compete at Le Mans.
The series holds events at many of North America's premier permanent road racing facilities as well as at temporary circuits in key major markets. All events are on live television in the United States. The series, which has its headquarters in Braselton, Ga., was founded in 1999 by entrepreneur Don Panoz and is sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
American Le Mans Series races also appear on NBC Sports and the SPEED Channel.
About Champion Racing
Champion Racing is one of the entities of the Champion Group which includes Audi and Porsche dealerships as well as Champion Motorsport, an aftermarket parts and accessories company.
Champion Racing officially launched in 1993 with a Champion Porsche RS America competing at Sebring and Miami. In its short history, Champion Racing has become one of the top privateer team in the world. With numerous podium finishes, manufacturers and drivers championships, and the goal to race "the best of the best," Champion Racing has gained worldwide recognition. Our cars, our crews and our drivers command well deserved respect in the competitive field where only the best survive. Champion Racing employs 40 people at its 16,000 square foot facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.
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