Audi Sport R8 Unveiled in Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Florida, Audi Sport North America staged a spectacular event in Miami on Friday night - not on the race track but on the famous Ocean Drive when the Audi Sport North America R8 Le Mans Prototype was revealed to the public. Audi Sport...

MIAMI BEACH, Florida, Audi Sport North America staged a spectacular event in Miami on Friday night - not on the race track but on the famous Ocean Drive when the Audi Sport North America R8 Le Mans Prototype was revealed to the public. Audi Sport works driver Allan McNish drove the sportscar along the glamour mile of Florida which was closed for the occasion.

The lights of the Audi Sport R8 were seen in the distance as the amassed crowd gathered in front of the Tides hotel on the famous Miami Boulevard. With the engine ignited the racer screamed toward the awaiting onlookers, out of the racer emerged an excited Allan McNish, driver of the number 77 R8, proclaiming, "you have just witnessed the fastest convertible on Miami Beach." The improved Audi Sport R8, which finished third on it Le Mans 24-Hour debut last year, will compete in the American Le Mans Series this year.

"We wanted to capitalize on our strong showing last year in Sebring and Le Mans," said Len Hunt, vice president of Audi of America. "The commitment was made to run the full season, I believe we have the team in place to be very competitive, I am excited to get to Sebring."

The introduction of the R8 is the prelude to the Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring. Audi Sport Team Joest with drivers Frank Biela, Rinaldo Capello, Allan McNish, Emanuele Pirro, Michele Alboreto and Tom Kristensen will take to the famed circuit for open practice starting Monday, March 13. The team will field two 2000 Audi Sport R8 racers with the goal of winning the challenging endurance event.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Allan McNish , Frank Biela , Michele Alboreto , Emanuele Pirro
Teams Audi Sport Team Joest