Buffalo Grove, IL - Audi customer-racing is returning to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series with Fall-Line Motorsports for the remainder of the 2013 season starting with the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on June 28-30.
The six hour endurance race at the historic Watkins Glen track marks the return of the Audi R8 GRAND-AM to the series after its GT Class Rolex 24 win at Daytona during the first round of the 2013 championship.
"Audi's many global motorsports programs act as a showcase for our, 'truth in engineering' campaign," stated Brad Kettler, Audi Sport USA director of operations and engineering. "It is therefore imperative Audi aligns itself with apex performing teams to execute its racing programs. Fall-Line is such a high-performing professional race team and Audi is excited to launch what will hopefully be a successful and long-term partnership."
"This year alone Fall-Line has earned podium finishes in both SCCA and the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge Series events so expanding up the ladder and adding Rolex GT to our schedule is a natural progression," said Fall-Line Motorsports team principal Mark Boden. "Audi's sports car legacy and its knowledgeable and experienced support staff are an obvious choice for us to help further evolve our team and we're proud to represent the 'four rings' synonymous with sports car victory!"
Piloting the car at Watkins Glen will be current Fall-Line drivers Al Carter, Charles Espenlaub, and Charlie Putman, all whom drive currently in the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge Series for the team. The successful Fall-Line trio has worked together for several years and has won many races including Fall-Line's team and drivers' 2010 Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge Series championship with Espenlaub and Putman. The #46 will be carrying sponsorship from the beloved charity that Al Carter and all of Fall-Line have supported over the years with B+ Racing featured prominently on the car. Additional partners will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fall-Line will be competing with the Audi R8 in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series for the remainder of the 2013 season with a varied driver lineup throughout the year. Looking ahead Fall-Line is excited for 2014 and the inception of the newly formed United Sports Car Racing series. The class structure is still shaking out, and the classification for the Audi R8 has yet to be determined but a Fall-Line Audi R8 will be there.
Fall-Line Motorsports is a premiere builder and fabricator of racecars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010. In addition to fielding 3 GS BMW M3's in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSCC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles. www.fall-linemotorsports.com @FallLineMotors www.facebook.com/Falllinemotorsports
ABOUT THE B+ FOUNDATION: The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew McDonough. Andrew's mom, dad and sister founded The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. The overall goal of The B+ Foundation is to "Do Good". During the racing season, Al Carter and Hugh Plumb visit kids with cancer in hospitals before racing events to make a positive difference and keep the "B+" message alive through outreach efforts and talks. The B+ Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children with cancer nationwide. In the last two years, The B+ Foundation awarded over $1,000,000 to families of children with cancer while giving over $500,000 to support research efforts. Information about the Foundation and its activities can be found at www.BePositive.org.
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