Horag Racing to Campaign Porsche RS Spyder in 2008 SULGEN, Switzerland, Oct. 5 - Endurance sports car drivers Fredy Lienhard and Didier Theys announced today that they will drive a Porsche RS Spyder fielded by Horag Racing in the Le Mans ...
Horag Racing to Campaign Porsche RS Spyder in 2008
SULGEN, Switzerland, Oct. 5 - Endurance sports car drivers Fredy Lienhard and Didier Theys announced today that they will drive a Porsche RS Spyder fielded by Horag Racing in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class of the Le Mans Series (LMS) in 2008.
In addition, they plan to enter the car in the American Le Mans Series' (ALMS) Twelve Hours of Sebring in Sebring, Fla. this coming March, and possibly the Petit Le Mans in Braselton, Ga. next October.
The team will be sponsored by Lista Office LO, the state-of-the-art Swiss office furniture manufacturer. Lista, Making Workspace Work, the world leader in modular storage solutions, will be an associate sponsor.
The team will continue to use Michelin tires, and it will begin testing its new car in November. A third driver will be announced later.
Although it is a privateer effort, Theys said the team will receive technical support from Porsche.
Although no Porsche RS Spyders were entered in the LMS this year, the car has been incredibly successful in the United States. Since its debut at the final event of the 2005 ALMS season, the Porsche RS Spyder won the drivers' and manufacturers' ALMS LMP2 class championships in both 2006 and 2007.
Horag Racing, which won the LMP2 class at the 2007 LMS season opener at Monza, Italy with its Lola Judd, is currently fourth in that series' LMP2 point standings, just two points out of third place.
"Fredy and I started racing together 40 years ago, and our team's relationship with Didier goes back about 25 years," team owner Markus Hotz said. "All of us still enjoy working together, undertaking new challenges, and winning races. We look forward to the challenge of developing good set-ups for a car that is new to us. Our team has very high hopes for the new season."
Theys won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona twice: 1998 and 2002. He also won the 12 Hours of Sebring (1998) and the Six Hours of the Glen (1998 and 2001). He's been on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice (1997 and 1999). He has a victory in the 24 Hours of Spa (1987). He won the 1,000 Kilometers of Monza (2007), and he was the 2002 Grand Am national champion. Prior to competing in endurance sports cars he drove in CART and in Indy cars, and he is a three-time Indy 500 starter. Theys is a native of Nivelles, Belgium who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lienhard was part of the driving squad for Theys' 2002 Rolex 24 victory; one of his victories in the Watkins Glen Six-Hour race (2001), and at the 1,000 Kilometers of Monza this April, among many other events. They were on the podium at the Petit Le Mans in the LMP2 class in 2006. In 2002 Lienhard received the President's Trophy from the Swiss Automobile Club in recognition for outstanding results in international motorsports. He lives in Niederteufen, Switzerland.