champion addition BAM! (British American Motorsport) will add two champions to its driver lineup for the 2004 American Le Mans Series. Lucas Luhr of Monaco and Sascha Maassen of Raeren, Belgium will join Leo Hindery, Jr. of New York behind the...
BAM! (British American Motorsport) will add two champions to its driver lineup for the 2004 American Le Mans Series. Lucas Luhr of Monaco and Sascha Maassen of Raeren, Belgium will join Leo Hindery, Jr. of New York behind the wheel of the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Luhr and Maassen were ALMS GT co-champions in 2002 and 2003, driving an Alex Job Racing Porsche.
Hindery will drive in the remaining eight ALMS races this year. Luhr and Maassen, both Porsche factory drivers, will compete in six races that do not conflict with their duties in the European FIA GT Championship. Both will race with Hindery at Lime Rock Park and at Laguna Seca Raceway. Luhr will also drive at Sears Point Raceway and at Portland International Raceway. Maassen will drive at Mosport International Raceway and at Road America.
BAM! co-owner Peter Baron will drive with Hindery at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Porsche factory driver Mike Rockenfeller of Neuwied, Germany will join Hindery and Baron for the Petit Le Mans. The trio drove together in the 2003 Petit Le Mans and the 2004 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
"It's a good opportunity to have my championship try in Europe and to still be involved in American racing with a great new American racing team with a lot of potential. The BAM! crew doesn't make any mistakes and that's what you need to win," Maassen said.
"It will feel strange competing against Alex Job, but of course they are the main competition. I'll feel really bad competing against them - until I put on my helmet."
The BAM! car will be prepared by team co-owner and technical director Tim Munday of Jupiter, Fla., supported by a strong British and American crew. Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla., will oversee operations as co-owner and business director.
Luhr appreciates the career advantage of racing on two continents. "Thanks to Leo for giving us the opportunity to drive with him. It gives us the ability to race in the U.S. and also in Europe, and that's a big advantage. If we can do both, more people will know us," he said.
"From my point of view, Tim is one of the best mechanics in the whole paddock. I am absolutely confident in the whole package - the crew, a brand-new car with Michelin tires, everything that we need for a win. And a nice bonus, we have Play Station in our truck!"
<pre> BAM! ALMS driver assignments:
12 Hours of Sebring March 20 Baron, Hindery, Rockenfeller Sebring, Fla. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course June 27 Baron, Hindery Lexington, Ohio Lime Rock Park July 5 Hindery, Luhr, Maassen Lime Rock, Conn. Sears Point Raceway July 18 Hindery, Luhr Sonoma, Calif. Portland Int'l Raceway July 25 Hindery, Luhr Portland, Ore. Mosport Int'l Raceway Aug. 8 Hindery, Maassen Bowmanville, Ont. Road America Aug. 22 Hindery, Maassen Elkhart Lake, Wis. Petit Le Mans Sept. 25 Baron, Hindery, Rockenfeller Braselton, Ga. Laguna Seca Raceway Oct. 16 Hindery, Luhr, Maassen Monterey, Calif.