TRG Announce Driver Lineup for Petit Le Mans Braselton, GA -- September 22, 2004 - TRG driver Pierre Ehret will be joined in the ...
TRG Announce Driver Lineup for Petit Le Mans
Braselton, GA -- September 22, 2004 - TRG driver Pierre Ehret will be joined in the #67 Flamingo Resort/TRG Porsche by experienced racers Philip Colin and Robert Nearn for the 2004 Petit Le Mans. Ehret and Colin paired at the ALMS Road America 500, and drove well together in the race, finishing 8th in class. Nearn has driven with top teams this season, including with Ehret at TRG for the 24 Hours of Daytona, and with Freisinger Motorsport at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"I'm excited to have Philip and Robert back with TRG for Petit," said team owner Kevin Buckler. "Philip and I have a long history of success together, and Robert is a very classy, intelligent and quick driver. This is going to be a very strong lineup, and it will round out the team well. Pierre has done a great job all season long, and has driven exceptionally well. The #67 car has had some bad luck, but Road Atlanta is a place where we've traditionally been very well prepared, and have had good results."
Pierre Ehret said, "I like this circuit a lot, and I think we're going to have a great race. We have ten hours to progress through the field, and our driver combination will suit the race very well. If we're consistent, I think a top 5 is within our reach. I flew straight here from Germany, so I'm a little tired, but once I get in the car I'm sure my energy will come up."
The schedule calls for a short amount of testing at Road Atlanta on Wednesday, followed by two daytime and one long nighttime practice Thursday. The drivers will have ample time to get acclimated to the circuit.
Philip Colin, driving with Ehret for the second time this season, said, "It's great to be back with TRG for this race. Kevin assembled a great program for me, and I think that the combination of the three of us will be fast and competitive in the car. I have to bounce around between Chicago and here before the race, but thankfully I've driven here a lot, so my learning curve is easy. This is a tough race, and we're going to have problems with some of the prototypes in a couple of the corners, especially in the esses -- there's just not enough room to fit two cars through there. This is the fourth year I've run at Petit, and the field gets more competitive every year."
Robert Nearn said, "While this is my first time to Road Atlanta, I like what I've seen of it so far, and I couldn't be happier with the team. Of the teams I've driven with, this is far and away the most professional and organized one. The track seems to be a lot like Watkins Glen, with some technical sections and not a lot of room to run off. The combination of the Michelin tires and a good car will help us run at the front, and I'm confident that we'll do well."
Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour endurance race, is among the highlights of the ALMS racing schedule. The race runs this year on September 25, and will be broadcast live in the U.S. on Speed Channel beginning at 10am ET.