Audi R8''s Take to the Lowes Highbanks

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, -- Audi Sport North America is racing at Charlotte's Lowes Motor Speedway with the hopes of repeating their Sebring one - two finish. The Audi R8 Le Mans Prototypes, which qualified and finished first and second at ...

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, -- Audi Sport North America is racing at Charlotte's Lowes Motor Speedway with the hopes of repeating their Sebring one - two finish.

The Audi R8 Le Mans Prototypes, which qualified and finished first and second at Sebring, are back in Inglostadt, Germany being prepared for the Le Mans 24-hour race. Audi Sport North America and Team Joest will run two '99 versions of the R8 in the Charlotte event. The race will last two-hours and forty-five minutes and take the prototypes around three-quarter of the oval before diving into the infield. "After our success at Sebring, expectations are quite high of course, but for the last year's cars, this race will be a particular challenge," said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich.

"Compared to Sebring, Charlotte is a sprint race," said Len Hunt, vice president of Audi Sport North America. "I think the '99 cars will be very competitive having finished third and fourth at Le Mans last year."

"You have to compromise the set-up of the car between the banking and the infield. The transition from the infield on to the banking is very rough, so the car will have to be strong," said Michele Alboreto, driver of the number 77 R8. "We have a good idea of the 99 car, it is not too bad. We tested here some weeks ago. It will be difficult to repeat the result from Sebring. The gap in competition has disappeared, since we are running the '99 car. It is a sprint race, but the infield is short and there is a lot of traffic, that will be the key to the race."

With the concerns about racing the '99 car team director Reinhold Joest commented, "despite this, I am very optimistic as we had a very good test at Charlotte recently."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Michele Alboreto , Reinhold Joest