Mosport: Audi Motorsports preview

SMYRNA, Ga (August 12, 2003) -- The Audi American Le Mans teams of Infineon Team Joest and Team ADT Champion Racing are back racing again in Canada in the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway. Mosport, a...

SMYRNA, Ga (August 12, 2003) -- The Audi American Le Mans teams of Infineon Team Joest and Team ADT Champion Racing are back racing again in Canada in the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway.

Mosport, a natural-terrain road racing circuit with a long and storied history, has been a part of the American Le Mans Series schedule since the formation of the series in 1999. The 2.459-mile track located in the hills of Bowmanville, Ontario, has produced some very competitive racing.

Driver's Frank Biela and Marco Werner (Infineon Team Joest) will look to defend their winning streak in the American Le Mans Series (three in a row) as Johnny Herbert and JJ Lehto (Team ADT Champion Racing) look to defeat them in order to earn more valuable Championship points.

The Grand Prix of Mosport will be televised live by NBC Sports beginning at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) this Sunday. NBC Sports will have expanded live coverage presenting a two-hour, 30-minute telecast of the professional sports car racing event at the Toronto-area Mosport International Raceway. NBC Sports will be on the air from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. (EDT), adding 30 minutes to its normal two-hour telecasts of American Le Mans Series races.

The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will also have live coverage of both qualifying and the race and can be heard online at www.americanlemans.com.

Driver quotes:

TEAM ADT CHAMPION RACING

Johnny Herbert:

"This will be my third race at Mosport, a Canadian track that is steeped in motorsport history. I chased down leader Emanuele Pirro in the closing stages on my Mosport debut in 2001 but crashed out disputing the lead. In last year's race, I was given a stop-go penalty for contact with a backmarker which put us a lap down and destroyed any realistic hopes of victory although Stefan Johansson and I did finish second. So I've been close to winning there but have had victory snatched away. JJ and I need a win having only finished third and second following our Atlanta triumph."

JJ Lehto:

"Nothing less than a win will be acceptable at Mosport. With the Joest Audi finishing ahead of us at Sears and winning at Trois Rivières, Johnny and I must drive the Champion Audi in to 'victory lane' if we have any thoughts on the Driver's and Team's ALMS titles. I was involved in the closest ever ALMS race finish four years ago when I finished second by less than two tenth's of a second at Mosport and I'd be perfectly happy to win by that margin on this occasion! A Joest entered Audi R8 has won the last three Mosport ALMS races and I'm determined to bring that sequence to an end."

INFINEON TEAM JOEST

Frank Biela:

"After Infineon Raceway, a relatively quick track, and the rather slow street circuit in Trois-Rivières, we now have again a very fast track at Mosport. It's not easy to find a good line and to drive consistently quick in Mosport because of the bumps and number of surface changes. As soon as you go off line you have hardly any grip at all. I hope that we can exploit the Audi R8's good aerodynamics at this particular circuit. The MG Lolas have an advantage on the straights, we have to make up the time in the corners."

Marco Werner:

"I hear that Mosport is a very fast and challenging circuit. It will probably be more difficult for me than at Trois-Rivières (street circuit) on which you can allow yourself no mistakes, and must drift the car very close to the wall, which were always my strong points. It isn't quite so easy to find the limit on a quick circuit. All the drivers who already know the circuit will have an advantage. However, I look forward to every new challenge, everything is possible. It will definitely be an interesting fight with Champion and the MG Lola."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Stefan Johansson , Frank Biela , Marco Werner , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto