Henzler and Farnbacher Return to Tafel Racing for 2008 ALMS
Cumming, Georgia, December 14, 2007 -- Tafel Racing announced today that Wolf Henzler and Dominik Farnbacher will return for 2008 to drive the team's new No. 71 Tafel Racing Ferrari F-430 in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
The team paired the two speedy Germans for the final two ALMS races of 2007 at Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca resulting in two second place finishes. Team owner Jim Tafel was happy with the performances and will keep the duo together for 2008.
"When we put Dominik together with Wolf the chemistry was immediate," Tafel said. "They both share similar driving styles and as a pair will be contenders for a championship in 2008. It was one of our goals to retain the combination for 2008."
Wolf Henzler enters the second year of a multi-year contract with the team.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to be driving the Ferrari," Henzler said. "This is a chance to go head-to-head with the teams that we chased so hard during the past year. It is a testament to Jim's commitment to put the best equipment on the track to compete for race wins and a championship. "
Dominik Farnbacher heads into his sophomore season with the team.
"When Tony (Dowe, team technical director) told me of the teams plans at Petit Le Mans I was happy to sign-on with the team for a second year. I can't wait to start testing. We have always known how good the Ferrari was over a race distance, now we get to experience it for ourselves. Coming back as a teammate with Wolf at the very start of the season will be great."
"The combination of Wolf, Dominik and Ferrari is going to be fantastic to watch; this is something sports car fans should not miss," said Tony Dowe, team vice president . "When we paired them late last season we knew it was something special. They go about the race weekend in a similar fashion, taking in all the available data and their ability to communicate their needs to the crew is something we will bank with the new F-430s this year."
The drivers for the No. 73 car will also be announced in the near future along with additional drivers for the Sebring 12 Hours.
Sponsors for both the No. 71 and No. 73 cars will be the subject of future announcements.