2001 - Dick Barbour Racing will compete in the 2001 American Le Mans Series Championship in the Prototype Class. The Team will enter two Reynard Judd LMP 675's - the numbers 5 and 57. The Team will begin their assault on the LMP 675 Championship...
2001 - Dick Barbour Racing will compete in the 2001 American Le Mans Series Championship in the Prototype Class. The Team will enter two Reynard Judd LMP 675's - the numbers 5 and 57.
The Team will begin their assault on the LMP 675 Championship with the April 14th event at Donington Park in England. The Team will then remain in Europe to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"It is a logical progression for both me and my team," says Barbour. "As in the past, I'm happy to once again compete for overall victories. I'm anxious to flex my team's muscle's, so-to-speak, with the prototype group. After being away for twenty years, I thought it prudent to spend my first season back `getting up to speed' - which we did very successfully with the amazing Porsche 91 1 GT3 R's".
The Dick Barbour Racing Team recently garnered the 2000 American Le Mans GT Championship with nine wins in twelve races. The Team also contributed heavily to Porsche winning the GT Manufacturer's Championship and Michelin winning the GT Tire Manufacturer's Championship. The Team's four drivers finished one, two, three and four in GT Driver's Points -with team member Dirk Muller walking away with the GT Driver's Championship.
Mark Smithson, Managing Director, Reynard Motorsport, commented, "We're very pleased that Dick Barbour Racing have chosen to race with the Reynard 01Q this year in the American Le Mans Series. Dick Barbour Racing is a strong, professional team with many years of sportscar racing experience who will 1 make a valuable contribution to the continuing development of the car. Reynard will be assisting the team with a comprehensive support engineering programme and we hope that, working together, there will be success for the team this year".
Engine Developments, manufacturers of the Judd family of racing engines, is delighted to announce its association with Dick Barbour Racing for the 2001 ALMS season. "The KV675 engine which Dick Barbour Racing will run has been developed from our very successful KV F3000 engine and also uses much of the experience gained since 1999 with our Judd V I 0 engine in the LMP 900. We are sure that the combination of this powerplant, Dick Barbour Racing`s renowned race experience, and the Reynard Chassis, will bring success during the year", says John Judd.
Piloting the number 57 Reynard OIQ/Judd will be Venezuela's Milka Dun0 and Canadian John Graham. Dun0 was named Venezuela's "National Auto Racing Driver of the Year in 2000. Graham most recently captured first place honors in the LMP 675 Class at the 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans and a second place class finish and fifth overall with Dick Barbour Racing at the ALMS season finale in Australia.
Belgium's Didier de Radigues will helm the Team's number 5 Reynard 01Q/Judd. In the 2000 ALMS Championship, de Radigues drove for Team Rafanelli in the LMP 900 Class. Joining de Radigues will be yet another world- class driver to be named at this year's 12 Hours of Sebring.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the way our 2001 season is evolving. To team with both Reynard and Judd is like a racer's dream come true. I can't imagine a better scenario than to compete this year with both of these world-class companies," added Barbour. "To further enhance this outstanding program we are building an incredible driver line-up that begins with Duno, Graham and de Radigues."
- Harry Capehart