Daytona II: Farnbacher Loles Racing preview

Farnbacher Loles brings three cars and GT points lead to Daytona The Farnbacher Loles Racing team is riding a 16-pont lead in the Grand-Am Rolex Series GT Class into Saturday's Brumos 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Leh Keen of...

Farnbacher Loles brings three cars and GT points lead to Daytona

The Farnbacher Loles Racing team is riding a 16-pont lead in the Grand-Am Rolex Series GT Class into Saturday's Brumos 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Leh Keen of Charleston, SC and Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany have notched three victories in their #87 Shock Doctor sponsored Porsche GT3 Cup over the last four races to grab the points lead over the second place Pontiac of Collins and Edwards.

Coming off a very strong race but disappointing finish at Mid-Ohio, Eric Lux of Jacksonville, FL now sits fifth in points in the championship. Lux will be re-joined by Germany's Wolf Henzler to attack the high banking of Daytona in their #86 Wheel Enhancement/Shark Energy USA Porsche. A third Porsche reprises one of Farnbacher Loles' more colorful entries from January's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Dr. Ron Yarab of Poland, Ohio and Daniel Graeff of Miami, FL will pilot the #85 Children's Tumor Foundation Porsche. Both Ron and Dan were part of the 2009 Farnbacher Loles Rolex 24 effort that raised over $300,000 for the New York City-based foundation, which raises funds to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF). As it did in the Rolex 24, the car will carry the distinctive logo and colors of the foundation as well as the names of NF Heroes; children and adults with NF who are helping in the goal to defeat neurofibromatosis. To learn more, or make a donation, go to www.racing4research.org.

Eric Lux is confident heading into the race weekend. "Going into Daytona, I'm really looking forward to driving with Wolf again. Both of us really enjoy racing there. And it's great we'll be racing before the start of the Coke Zero 400 Nascar race. There will be a huge audience and a lot of exciting festivities including the famous fireworks display.

Both Wolf and I will try to close the gap to our sister car, and get back on track for the championship. Wolf and I have both won races at Daytona so we know what it takes to get it done there. The team and crew have given us a great car each week and we expect it to be a front-running car at Daytona. I want to thank our sponsors, Wheel Enhancement and Shark Energy Drink, as well as the fans for supporting our effort."

Leh Keen is not resting on his points lead as the second half of the 12-race season kicks off. "Back to Daytona where we had great pace for the Rolex 24, I am looking forward to this race because the track is a fairly safe track to race on. And it's a short event with qualifying and the race all in one day. We have been great out of the box the past couple of races and the Porsche is good in the top end. So we have a lot of advantages to hold our championship lead which is now the main focus. Of course that was our focus at Mid-Ohio and we ended up winning! So that could certainly happen again."

Wolf Henzler is traveling from his home in Germany for the one-day race weekend. While he is far back in the Championship hunt, due to missing a few races, he is committed to helping his teammate make a run for the title. "It is a great place to race and I'm very happy to be back in Grand-Am with Eric Lux in the #86. We didn't get the result we wanted at the first race this year in Daytona. Therefore I am looking forward to a better finish this time. Eric, Leh, and Dirk are in a good position in the championship at the moment. I am happy being back to give them and the team my support for their Grand-Am season. "

Coming off the recent Grand-Am test day, Ron Yarab is glad to be getting back in action at Daytona. "Nothing says America like racing at Daytona on the 4th of July in front of a few hundred thousand screaming fans! I consider the Brumos 250, the start of our preparation for our 2010 Rolex 24 program. We expect to be very competitive in both races." Yarab's co-driver, Daniel Graeff added his perspective. "I'm just proud and privileged to once again represent the Children's Tumor Foundation in the #85 Farnbacher Loles Porsche. Our goals are as always; move the car forward, get to the sharp end of the grid in order to draw maximum attention to CTF in hopes of driving donations and be there at the end in a solid position. The fact that the race starts at 2:00 P.M. when the track and the ambient temperatures will be high and rising should be interesting."

Team principal Gregory Loles has seen both victory and heartbreak at Daytona. "Anytime you race at Daytona, you can't help but think of the history and the drivers who have raced there. As a team, we've had great success and huge disappointment on this track. This weekend we're looking forward to showcasing the Grand-Am series to the 250,000 fans that are expected, while keeping an eye on the championship. We're not going into conservative mode yet, but we do have a lead we want to protect. The Porsches have been performing really well lately and we are excited to welcome back the Children's Tumor Foundation. It is an honor for us to be able to help them in their fundraising efforts to find a cure for NF."

Qualifying for the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona is on Saturday, July 4th at 11:15 am with the race start at 2 pm. Live coverage for the 250-mile race is on SpeedTV.

-credit: flr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wolf Henzler , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Dirk Werner , Daniel Graeff , Ron Yarab