A stronger partnership with Porsche and the addition of factory driver Wolf Henzler highlight the 2009 American Le Mans Series program for Farnbacher Loles Racing as the team announced its plans for next season Monday. Farnbacher Loles will be a Porsche factory partner in the Series' GT2 class with Germans Henzler and Dirk Werner as the primary pilots in a new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

"Everyone at Farnbacher Loles is proud to announce our partnership with Porsche for the 2009 American Le Mans Series season," team owner Gregory Loles said. "Many people have worked very hard to gain this recognition from our manufacturer.

The pairing of Henzler and Werner combined for five class victories and five pole positions in GT2 during the 2008 season. In his first year as a works driver, Henzler shared the Series GT2 championship with Flying Lizard Motorsports' Jorg Bergmeister. Werner finished a close second in the 2008 Porsche Cup rankings, based on his race results in both Europe and North America.

The team, based in Braselton, Ga., enjoyed a class win, two pole positions and four podiums in its rookie American Le Mans Series season this year. Farnbacher Loles will also field Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the 2009 Patrón GT3 Challenge by Yokohama.

"I must express my personal satisfaction with the return of Wolf to our team," Loles said. "Wolf is more than a driver for our team; he is part of our family and history. Dirk has been our rock for the last couple of seasons and now he will have the consistence in co-driver we so desperately missed in 2008. Dirk, who is very special to us, now has the teammate he deserves in the American Le Mans Series. Dirk and Wolf will be a formidable combination in our car.

"We are confident with the additional resources now available to us, the 2009 season will bring many triumphs to our team," Loles said. I must particularly thank Mr. (Hartmut) Kristen and Mr. (Paul) Ritchie for the confidence they are showing in our team. We will not disappoint them."

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