Sears Point: Five Bay Area Drivers Set to Compete in Grand Prix of Sonoma

Five Bay area drivers to compete this weekend in Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point. SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - Five Bay Area drivers will join a field of international road racing stars in the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of ...

Five Bay area drivers to compete this weekend in Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point.

SONOMA, Calif. (IMMEDIATE RELEASE) - Five Bay Area drivers will join a field of international road racing stars in the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma, presented by Foster's Lager, at Sears Point Raceway on Sunday, May 19.

The American Le Mans Series features many of the same drivers and cars that compete in the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race. Among the drivers who will compete at Sears Point are Emanuele Pirro of Italy, Frank Biela of Germany and Tom Kristensen of Denmark, the three drivers who have teamed to win at Le Mans the past two years for Audi Sport North America.

Among the Bay Area contingent competing at Sears Point will be Kevin Buckler of Novato, driver and owner of the two-car Racers Group Porsche 911 GT3 RS team. Buckler, seeking a win in the GT class, will co-drive with Marino Franchitti of Scotland as he races at his home track. Buckler will make his first start at Le Mans next month.

Another Novato resident, Dave McEntee, will make his second career American Le Mans Series start in the event. McEntee will co-drive with rising star Ben Devlin of England in a Lola B2K-Millington in the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes. The Archangel Motorsports team is owned by MTV celebrity Mike Johnson, who appears on the popular "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" program.

The second Porsche fielded by The Racers Group will be driven by Vic Rice of San Rafael, a veteran of Le Mans and a frequent competitor in American Le Mans Series events since the formation of the series in 1999. His co-driver for the event has not been determined.

Also competing in the Grand Prix of Sonoma will be Peter Baron of San Mateo, who drives a Porsche for Florida-based Orbit Racing. Baron is running the full ALMS schedule for the first time this year after having been an occasional competitor in previous years. He will co-drive with Leo Hindery of Hillsborough.

Rick Sutherland of Los Gatos will co-drive with Jon Field of Dublin, Ohio, in the LMP 675 class. The Intersport Racing team will field one of the new fast and nimble MG Lola machines that many observers feel could challenge the bigger Prototypes. The Intersport team took the class win with the car in the Sebring 12-hour race earlier this year.

Four classes of American Le Mans Series cars will compete in the two-hour, 45-minute Grand Prix of Sonoma. The race will be televised live by the SPEED Channel beginning at 1 p.m. (PDT). Live coverage by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web can be heard online at www.imsaracing.net.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tom Kristensen , Frank Biela , Ben Devlin , Jon Field , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Marino Franchitti , Dave McEntee , Rick Sutherland , Mike Johnson , Emanuele Pirro