Sebring: Petersen Motorsports driver line-up

Petersen Motorsports / White Lightning Racing announces Sebring line-up. LAS VEGAS, March 3, 2003 -- Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing, a top contender for GT-class honors in the 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, announced...

Petersen Motorsports / White Lightning Racing announces Sebring line-up.

LAS VEGAS, March 3, 2003 -- Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing, a top contender for GT-class honors in the 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, announced the final additions to its driver line-up for the road racing classic. Sweden's Nic Jonsson and Long Beach, California's Craig Stanton will join Great Britain's Johnny Mowlem in the #31 Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ Justice Brothers Porsche 911 GT3 RS. All three drivers bring impressive, international racing resumes to the team.

Dale White, team manager, is enthusiastic about the trio and is looking forward to the March 15th ALMS season opener. "Craig and Nic will be a tremendous asset to our program and will mesh well with the team," remarked White. "We are all very excited to be working together and expect great things at Sebring."

"I call this the tri-fecta," laughed Michael Petersen, owner of Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing. "With Johnny and the addition of Craig Stanton and Nic Jonsson, I feel that our chance at a podium finish is very good and we are all looking forward to the 12 Hours."

Mowlem, who was announced as the team's full-season driver in February, has an ALMS GT-class victory and several podium finishes to his credit. He has been the lead-driver for Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing since 2001. Mowlem has three starts at Sebring including a second-place in 2000. He has three starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two 24 Hours at Daytona starts, including a second-place overall earlier this season.

Jonsson, of Bankeryd, Sweden and now living in Buford, Georgia, comes to the #31 team having driven for two seasons with the BMW factory GT team in the ALMS. A former IRL IndyCar Series and touring car driver, Jonsson has three starts in the 12 Hours of Sebring and one 24 Hours at Daytona start. In 2002, Jonsson drove for the Rolex Series' SRPII-class championship-winning team.

Stanton joins the Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing after three previous seasons racing select GT-class races in the ALMS for other operations. A multiple-time champion in other series, Stanton will be making his third start at Sebring in 2003. He finished third in-class at the central-Florida circuit in 2000.

Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing began operation in the late 1980s competing in off-road endurance events. The duo of White and Petersen joined to win over 50 off-road truck victories including three-consecutive overall wins at the Baja 1000 and Baja 500 and four SCORE, SNORE and SODA championships. Since introducing the team to sports car racing, the team has scored victories in the Trans-Am Series, Speed Challenge Series and endurance sports car wins at Watkins Glen and at the Rolex 24 of Daytona.

For more about Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning, please visit www.PetersenMotorsports.com.

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