F1 star Johnny Herbert to race at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 25, 2001) -- British racing star Johnny Herbert, a former winner in Formula One competition, has been confirmed as one of the drivers in the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway on...

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 25, 2001) -- British racing star Johnny Herbert, a former winner in Formula One competition, has been confirmed as one of the drivers in the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway on Sunday, August 5.

Herbert was named today to drive the Champion Racing Audi R8 in the event, teamed with fellow Englishman Andy Wallace in the two-hour, 45-minute sports car race. Champion Racing, owned by Florida Audi and Porsche dealer Dave Maraj, was the first private racing team to receive one of the dominating Audi R8 Prototypes for use in competition.

Herbert, who has three Formula One wins to his credit, drove for the Champion team last month in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and made his debut in the ALMS at California's Sears Point Raceway on July 22 with a fourth-place finish. Following the Sears Point race, Champion Racing entered the Portland event with only Wallace listed as a driver, but confirmed Herbert's entry today. Herbert will drive for the team in the remaining ALMS races this season. Herbert took two F1 wins for the Benetton team in 1995, then scored his third win for the Stewart team. He also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991 for Mazda. Though now retired from F1 competition, Herbert is a testing and development driver for the Arrows team and has plans for competing in CART events.

"We are fired up for the next race," said Herbert. "We know pace-wise we are podium material, without a doubt. Driving an Audi makes it even more special. Andy and I are happy racing together. We're here to convey to everybody that we will be at Portland on the podium."

The American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Portland will get the green flag at 1 p.m. (PDT). Live coverage from the ALMS Radio Web can be heard online at www.americanlemans.com. Tape-delayed coverage of the race will be shown on the Speedvision Network at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, August 6, and on Eurosport at 20:15 (CET) on Aug. 12.

The spectacular weekend of road racing at Portland will also include races for America's oldest road racing series, the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, and the popular and competitive SPEEDVISION World Challenge GT and Touring Car divisions. The open-wheel Star Mazda Series will also be a part of the weekend of racing.

Ticket information for the Grand Prix of Portland weekend is available online at www.fastixx.com, or by calling 1-800-922-TIXX.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Johnny Herbert