Utah: Farnbacher Loles Racing preview

Farnbacher Loles Brings Two-Car Assault to Utah 9.16.09 Danbury, CT - The penultimate round of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Series will take place this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah, and once again, Farnbacher Loles Racing will be...

Farnbacher Loles Brings Two-Car Assault to Utah

9.16.09 Danbury, CT - The penultimate round of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Series will take place this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah, and once again, Farnbacher Loles Racing will be bringing two Porsche GT3 Cup cars to compete for victory. Miller Motorsports Park is world renowned for state-of-the-art facilities, expansive sight lines, and a four and a half mile, sinuous 24 turn counter clockwise road course. From fast sweepers, to tight hairpin turns, nearly every type of corner imaginable is featured, and the 3500 foot front stretch will ensure that corner speed alone will not guarantee victory.

Returning to the #86 Farnbacher Loles Racing/Wheel Enhancement GT3 Cup entry will be Eric Lux of Jacksonville, FL and Wolf Henzler of Nurtingen, Germany. Earlier in the season, Henzler and Lux co-drove the #86 to a third place podium position at the Sahlen's Six Hours at The Glen, and are looking to repeat, and build upon that success in Utah.

Lux has always been impressed with the massive facility near Salt Lake City.

"Miller Motorsport Park is an incredible place," Lux said. "It gives you that stomach-turning feeling when you are a mile away and see a huge facility right in front of mountains and acres of desert on either side. It's very similar to the feeling you get when you drive out of the tunnel into the infield at Daytona. Last year we had a strong run until an incident took our podium chance away. The team has a great setup for this circuit and I believe we have a good shot at winning this race! Wolf and I have placed on the podium here once before, hopefully Saturday afternoon will be another great day in Utah!"

Henzler is looking forward to being back in the #86 this weekend.

"It's a pretty long way for me to travel, coming all the way from Germany, but I really like this track," Henzler said. "The pit layout and the facilities are excellent. The variety of corners and the fast front straight are very enjoyable as well. I look forward to driving with Eric in the #86 again and helping Farnbacher Loles with the Championships this weekend."

Once again, Leh Keen of Charleston, SC, and Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany will co-drive the #87 Shock Doctor/ Intercity Lines/ Planet Porsche GT3 Cup entry. Keen and Werner currently hold a 35 point lead in the Grand-AM Rolex Series Driver's Championship, and can clinch the title by placing a single position higher than Kelly Collins in the #07 Pontiac GXP.R. Additionally, Farnbacher Loles Racing can clinch the Team Championship if the #87 finishes eight points higher than the #57 Pontiac GXP.R.

Keen is aware of what is possible this weekend and is looking forward to a great race.

"Miller is probably the biggest race of the year for us because we have a chance to finish the Championship," Keen said. "I've always liked the track and I've done well there in the past. We had a podium finish in 2007 and I qualified on pole in 2008. The track is fun to drive with not too many dangerous areas and the Porsche should be fast there. With it being a shorter race this year it will be a sprint to the finish. Dirk and I can't wait to get out to Salt Lake City and we hope to continue our success in Grand-Am."

Miller Motorsports Park reminds Werner of the European circuits he started out on.

"The track, to me, is a lot of fun to drive," Werner said. "It reminds me of European tracks with the smooth surfaces, smoother curbing, and a lot of runoff area. It is what I was used to driving before I came over to the States to drive in Grand-Am. I think it'll be a good race for us."

Farnbacher Loles Team Principal, Gregory Loles, has his team focused on the job at hand this weekend. "Both the #86 and the #87 are ready for the rigors of the event this weekend," Loles said. "We know that both teams are fully capable, so it'll be our job to focus, and to not take anything for granted. We must treat this race like every other event and not let the possibilities distract us. I know everyone is ready, and I look forward to another great race at Miller."

-credit: flr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kelly Collins , Wolf Henzler , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Dirk Werner