BREMBO-EQUIPPED CARS DOMINATE AT SEBRING Italian Brake Manufacturer Also Wins in Australian F1 with Ferrari and in Atlanta with NASCAR SEBRING, Fl., March 18, 2007 Whether it was the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day or the excellent ...
BREMBO-EQUIPPED CARS DOMINATE AT SEBRING
Italian Brake Manufacturer Also Wins in Australian F1 with Ferrari and in Atlanta with NASCAR
SEBRING, Fl., March 18, 2007 Whether it was the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day or the excellent performance of the drivers, cars and teams, sports cars equipped with Brembo Racing brakes dominated the podium at yesterday's 55th Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the inaugural round of the 2007 America Le Mans Series (ALMS).
After supplying three of the ALMS class champions in 2006 (Audi, Corvette and Ferrari), Brembo repeated the performance at Sebring where the Audi R10s placed 1-2 in P1 with the #2 Audi of Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner finishing first overall in what most racers feel is the most difficult road race in the world.
The class drawing the most interest this season is P2 where three new Acuras and two new Porsches have joined the two Penske Porsches that dominated the 2006 season. In fairly surprising fashion, the new Andretti Green Racing (AGR) Acura of Dario Franchitti, Bryan Herta and former IRL Champion Tony Kaanan, all seasoned open-wheel racers, drove a nearly flawless race to top the P2 podium in only its first outing. Coincidentally or not, the AGR Acura was the only P2 car sporting Brembo Racing's high-performance brakes!
With 15 (all the Ferraris and Porsches) of the 18 cars in the competitive GT2 class, Brembo is virtually assured of repeating as GT2 champions as they were last year with Risi Competizione's Ferrari 430. Not surprisingly, it was the same Risi Ferrari driven by Jamie Melo, Johnny Mowlem and Mika Salo that was atop Sebring's GT2 podium, finishing 0.2 seconds ahead of the Flying Lizard and Tafel Porsches. A fantastic 1-2-3 finish for Brembo- equipped cars.
Brembo's success this weekend wasn't limited to sports cars, though. The F1 World Championship opened in Australia with Kimi Raikkonen's Brembo-equipped Ferrari scoring a resounding victory. While in NASCAR races in Atlanta, Jeff Burton (Busch) and Jimmy Johnson (Nextel Cup) repeated last weeks' victories at Las Vegas giving Brembo-equipped cars four wins in each series to date. Johnson's victory gave Brembo's brand new NASCAR intermediate diagonal-bridge caliper its second win in a row.
Four wheels or two, it's been a great start to the 2007 for Brembo Racing!