Kristensen to dine with Queen of Denmark

BRASELTON, Ga. (August 25, 2002) - American Le Mans Series driver Tom Kristensen of Denmark, who is enjoying a stellar 2002 season, will have the honor of dining with Danish Queen Margrethe II on September 3. The American Le Mans Series points...

BRASELTON, Ga. (August 25, 2002) - American Le Mans Series driver Tom Kristensen of Denmark, who is enjoying a stellar 2002 season, will have the honor of dining with Danish Queen Margrethe II on September 3.

The American Le Mans Series points leader will attend the dinner on the Queen's private ship, Dannebrog. The ship is named for the national flag of Denmark, which has been flying since 1219 and is the oldest national flag in the world. Margrethe II ascended the throne of Denmark in 1972.

Kristensen, driver for Audi Sport North America, has won three races in the American Le Mans Series this season with co-driver Rinaldo Capello of Italy. The duo has won the last two events on the series consecutively and three of the last four. In addition, Kristensen teamed with Audi drivers Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, the third straight win in the French endurance classic for the trio, and Kristensen's fourth win.

Kristensen is already acquainted with the Royal Family of Denmark, having given driving lessons to Prince Joachim, the youngest of the Queen's two sons.

American Le Mans Series racing has become very popular in Denmark, a nation of 5.3 million in Northern Europe. In addition to the success enjoyed by Kristensen, Danish driver Jan Magnussen has also been a winner on the series, including scoring two victories this season for Panoz Motor Sports. All races on the series are televised live in Denmark and the Danish media follows the series closely.

Three races remain on the 2002 American Le Mans Series schedule, with Kristensen holding a lead over Capello in the race for the driver's championship. The series resumes with the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., on Sept. 22.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Rinaldo Capello , Jan Magnussen , Frank Biela