Romain Dumas Chooses Porsche for 2005 ALMS Campaign
CRM driver Romain Dumas had given himself until January 15 to finalize his racing program for 2005. When the deadline arrived, the pilot from Ales finally chose the option of continuing in his role with Porsche.
As in 2004, Romain will defend the German manufacturer throughout the world, particularly in the American Le Mans Series, where Dumas will compete with the crack Alex Job Racing outfit, with Timo Bernhard as driver partner.
"I had other options for my 2005 program, in particular a chance to return to single-seaters in Champ Cars. In spite of the very big efforts made by Eric Bachelart and Conquest Racing, it wasn't possible for us to put all the parts together, particularly the financing, at the appropriate time. I thus chose continuity at Porsche which, in my view, represents the best sporting package."
Romain's clear aim for the 2005 racing season is the LM-GT title in the ALMS with Alex Job Racing.
"The level is very high in this category in the United States and we'll have to fight very hard to take the title this year. With the support of Porsche, the team has decided to concentrate their efforts on our car in order to improve our chances for the title. With Timo, we have the speed and the experience we need. I think we'll be able to maintain a well-directed programme throughout the season and achieve our goal."
While waiting for the first event of the ALMS season, the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, Romain won't be sitting around getting bored. There's the 24 Hours of Daytona at the beginning of February where he'll compete with the Brumos-Porsche team, at the wheel of the legendary No. 59 Fabcar-Porsche prototype.
For his second participation in the American endurance classic, Romain will be competing alongside the likes of Hurley Haywood, one of the world's greatest endurance specialists, as well as German Timo Bernhard (Dumas' teammate in the ALMS) and J.C. France, descendant of NASCAR founder Bill France.
Romain will also be taking part in several development meetings of the new GP2 single-seater category (replacing Formula 3000). So as we can see, this driver's schedule is anything but empty.