February 12, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA& ...
February 12, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA– KnightHawk Racing has raised the ante in the LMP 675 class by securing the coveted first MG Lola 675 LMP. KnightHawk will field the lightening-fast prototype in the 2002 American Le Mans Series Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ever since the MG Lola 675 LMP debuted at the 2001 Le Mans 24 Hours– returning the famous MG name to the legendary sportscar event after a 30 year absence– the entire sportscar racing community has anxiously waited to see who will be the first to possess this beautifully engineered machine.
The interest escalated to a fevered pitch following the blistering times the car turned during tests, conducted jointly by the British-based MG Lola 675 LMP team and Archangel Motorsports. During the testing, conducted at Sebring, the car turned an amazing 1:48.5 on the second day– faster than the 1:48.825 track record set by Frank Biela in an Audi R8 in 2000.
KnightHawk Racing, co-owned by drivers Steve Knight and Mel Hawkins, fielded a Lola B2K in the 2001 ALMS series, placing second in the LMP 675 Team Championship (missing the title by only 2 points), and delivering the Chassis Manufacturer, Engine Manufacturer and Tire Manufacturer Championships. Their stellar effort netted 2 wins, 3 poles and 7 podium finishes. Drivers Knight and Hawkins finished the season 4th and 7th in driver’s points, respectively.
Building upon this success, KnightHawk racing has secured the much-anticipated first MG Lola 675 LMP and will mount a strategic effort to capture the 2002 American Le Mans Series LMP 675 Championship, with eyes set on a championship sweep of the entire category, and the fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“ We’re very excited about this new opportunity,” says Knight.“ We have worked very hard to assemble a great team and now, with the MG Lola– an outstanding car. All the pieces fit perfectly– and we promise the fans a very exciting show as we drive for the championship!”
KnightHawk will begin their assault with the new MG Lola at the 50th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring this March 13– 16, 2002 at Sebring International Raceway. Additional information about KnightHawk Racing is available at www.knighthawkracing.com.