LE MANS, France, June 11, 2004 -- In 1989, Michael Petersen sought-out Dale White and White Lightning Racing to assist his entry into desert truck racing. An immediately successful partnership was born that day. The two have grown to become ...
LE MANS, France, June 11, 2004 -- In 1989, Michael Petersen sought-out Dale White and White Lightning Racing to assist his entry into desert truck racing. An immediately successful partnership was born that day. The two have grown to become teammates, friends and partners in pursuit of their motorsports dreams. That dream brings the two to Le Mans for the first time with their own all-out effort to win tomorrow's 24 Heures Du Mans. The No. 90 Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ mail2web.com Porsche 911 GT3 RSR qualified on the LM GT pole for the classic endurance race with Porsche works drivers Jorg Bergmeister (Langenfield, Germany), Patrick Long (Oak Park, Calif.) and Sascha Maassen (Raeren, Belgium).
Petersen and White first came to Le Mans on a reconnaissance trip in 2000 with an eye for a full LM GT program in 2001. Their plans were put on hold with the untimely death of team driver Bob Wollek. In 2003, the duo joined with American Le Mans Series (ALMS) rival Alex Job Racing to come to La Sarthe and compete for the LM GT title. That effort won the pole and then the race. Now, the Las Vegas-team returns with its own, complete effort of dedicated technicians, a Porsche 911 RSR and Michelin tires. To cross the finish line first on Sunday would be the culmination of a dream for both Petersen and White who have a checklist of major endurance victories they would like to win in the team's career. The list includes the four greatest endurance races of all-time: the BAJA 500 and 1000, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 24 Heures Du Mans and the Dakar Rally. The first two checks on the list came at BAJA with overall victories in both the 500 and 1000 in 1995-'97. GT class honors at the Rolex 24 came in a Porsche in 2001--where the team finished second overall. Dakar, which would require a minimum of a 16-month lead-time, has passed the proposal stage but no date for the effort has been set. Tomorrow's 24 Heures Du Mans brings the combination its first chance to bring home a Le Mans victory under the Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing banner.
Mike Petersen, team owner: "The hours are counting down, finally, for the start of the race. The weather looks very good for racing and we're in the midst of our final prep work. I'm especially looking forward to the start. As I think the team will agree, this is what we all came here for, the start of the long, 24 Hour of Le Mans race. Because of all the thorough prep work and the skilled drivers we are very confident. We are looking forward to a very competitive race."