CHARLIE NEARBURG QUALIFIES TO DRIVE FERRARI PROTOTYPE IN 24 HOURS OF LE MANS
DALLAS, Texas - Kool Toyota Atlantic Championship veteran Charlie Nearburg, who finished 4th overall at this year’s Sebring race in a Mazda Kudzu WSC car, successfully participated in pre-qualification for the 65th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans with co-drivers Michel Ferte and Adrian Campos in the Pilot/RSR Racing Ferrari 333SP prototype. The team qualified for the field on Saturday, May 4, ending up 3rd in the prototype class that day.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans at Le Mans, France, is slated for next weekend, June 14 and 15, 1997.
"The Le Mans racing facility is one of the finest in the world, with a sense of history equaled only by Indianapolis," stated Nearburg. "This Le Mans promises to be one of the best, with perhaps the deepest field ever. Racing a Ferrari prototype at Le Mans against the world’s fastest sports cars and drivers is the fulfillment of a boyhood dream. My first high speed run down the Muslanne was an unforgettable moment."
The French based RSR Racing team is owned by co-driver Michel Ferte, who has successfully competed in many Le Mans races including a 2nd overall finish in 1991. Nearburg joined co-drivers Ferte and Campos in extensive pre-race testing at the Le Mans "Bugatti" circuit and the French Grand Prix circuit Paul Ricard during the latter part of May and early June.
In his 10 year professional career, Nearburg has been a consistent front-runner in all forms of auto racing including the Kool/Toyota Atlantic, Bosch Super Vee, Trans Am and IMSA racing series. Charlie has successfully competed and shared the podium with notable drivers such as Indy Car Champion Jimmy Vasser and Formula One star Jacque Villeneuve. # # #