HIGHCROFT READY FOR LE MANS LMP1 ASSAULT
DANBURY, CT, Wednesday, February 9, 2011: Two-time American Le Mans Series champions Highcroft Racing will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France - the team today receiving an invitation in Paris by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to compete in the LMP1 class in this year's endurance classic.
Highcroft Racing will take the new Honda Performance Development ARX-01e LMP1 machine to Le Mans - an updated and enhanced version of last year's ALMS title-winning chassis to do battle against factory outfits including Audi, Peugeot and Aston Martin.
The team debuted at Le Mans in 2010 in the LMP2 class with David Brabham, Marino Franchitti and Marco Werner behind the wheel. The Duncan Dayton-owned squad had led the class lead during the race before being delayed with overheating issues.
In addition to the Le Mans assault, the team confirmed its American Le Mans Series return for this year's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring - doing battle with one of the largest Sebring fields in history.
The Sebring event will double not only as the opening round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, but also the opening event for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup - a seven race series which features events in the US, France, Belgium, England, Italy and China.
"The team has been very busy in the off season helping HPD develop its new engine for the LMP2 class, but we are eagerly awaiting the chance to return to LMP1," Dayton said.
Le Mans "The 01e has been designed with the unique aerodynamic requirements of Le Mans in mind and Sebring will be a great opportunity for us to begin the on-track development process.
"We are very proud to have been invited to return to Le Mans. Our entire team got a taste of the event last year and we are all very hungry for more.
"The diesel cars of Audi and Peugeot will be very fast but the ACO is working hard on ensuring that there is a much better balance between diesel and petrol-powered machines this year."
Dayton and his Danbury, CT-based team will soon confirm its complete 2011 race program - targeting its third consecutive ALMS championship.
"I am very much looking forward to returning to ALMS competition and aiming for our third championship in a row," he said.
"We have been working very hard with our existing marketing and technical partners and potential new sponsors.
"David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti combined to form the perfect driver line-up last year and we're looking forward to having them back in the car.
"We will be announcing the final details of our campaign in the next couple of weeks."
The opening race of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron - the 59th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring goes green at the historic airfield circuit on March 19.
-source: highcroft racing