Le Mans, France - Chrysler Team ORECA driver Seiji Ara has been named Le Mans' Qualifying Rookie of the Year. The 27-year-old Japanese shares his Chrysler LMP, that was qualified 16th overall, 13th in class, with countryman Masahiko Kondo and Portuguese Ni Amorim.

"We are delighted that Seiji has been recognised in such a way by the organisers of the Le Mans 24 hours," said ORECA's Sporting Director Pierre Dieudonne. "We knew that he had great potential as a driver, and we have been very pleased with his performance so far behind the wheel. We hope that this will give him extra confidence which he can take into the race."

- Chrysler Motorsports