Brabham Looks To Continue Portland Success With New Lamborghini Team Portland, OR - American Le Mans Series driver and two-time winner of the Portland Grand Prix, David Brabham, will be among this year's talent as the ALMS returns to Portland...
Brabham Looks To Continue Portland Success With New Lamborghini Team
Portland, OR - American Le Mans Series driver and two-time winner of the Portland Grand Prix, David Brabham, will be among this year's talent as the ALMS returns to Portland for the first time in three years this weekend for the Portland Grand Prix at Portland International Raceway. The Portland Grand Prix will be held July 23-25.
Piloting Panoz prototypes, Brabham won the first ever Portland Grand Prix in 1999 and the most recent race in Portland during the 2001 season, at which he set the PIR track qualifying record for the ALMS. This time the Australian will be attempting to win the GTS class in the Krohn-Barbour Racing Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT which is new to the ALMS this year. Brabham is one of four drivers to have won at least one race each season since the series began in 1999 although he is still seeking his first win of 2004. Hoping to add another season to that accomplishment, he is excited to return to Portland for another possible win, but also admits that the track is very difficult.
"Well, I love the area at Portland," Brabham said. "I mean every time I go there it's not just the track, it's the area, the people. I so look forward to going there. The track, it's not like a big, big track. It's a small track, quite a little demanding track and it's really hard to actually get the car to find those last few tenths because everyone's so close around there.
"It's really an interesting track," he said. "The toughest part of the track is after the chicane, the series of corners that you have to round there is probably where a lot of the time comes. You know if you can get your car to work really well through there that you have gained a lot of lap time."
Brabham and co-driver Peter Kox of The Netherlands will have a good chance of a podium this weekend especially since the Lamborghini team earned its first podium, finishing second place this past weekend at Infineon Raceway. The team is working hard with the new car and was very encouraged by the showing in Sonoma, Calif.
Four classes of American Le Mans Series sports cars will compete in the Portland Grand Prix, including two classes of sleek and exotic Prototypes and the production-based cars of the GTS and GT classes.
The Portland Grand Prix gets the green flag at 1 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 25. Practice and qualifying for ALMS cars will be held on Saturday, July 24, along with a Fan Forum in which fans can ask questions of drivers, team members, series officials and others and a driver autograph session. ALMS cars will have two hours of testing time on Friday of race weekend.
Ticket information for Grand Prix of Portland is available online at www.globaleventsgrouppdx.com or by calling (503) 232-2000.