Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing announces 2003 ALMS plans. LAS VEGAS, February 17, 2003 96 Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning announced the team's 2003 racing plans from their Las Vegas shop today. Building on a strong second-place...
Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing announces 2003 ALMS plans.
LAS VEGAS, February 17, 2003 96 Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning announced the team's 2003 racing plans from their Las Vegas shop today. Building on a strong second-place finish at the 2002 Petit Le Mans, the operation of Michael Petersen and Dale White will race for the fourth consecutive season in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
Opening with the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on March 15, the #31 MMPIE/PAWS/Westward Ho Casino/Justice Brothers Porsche 911 GT3 RS will compete with a top, professional driver lineup. ALMS winner Johnny Mowlem, of Warfield, England, will return to head the driver's list for the year. The remaining team drivers for Sebring will be named soon.
"We have signed Johnny with the team and we are very happy to have him back with us," offered Michael Petersen at the announcement. "2003 looks very exciting with all of the new teams in GT. The competition should be very tough! We are looking forward to our continued relationship with Porsche and have some very interesting news soon to follow! We can hardly wait for the season to start!"
Mowlem, fresh from a second-place finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona offered; "I'm delighted to be back with the same team for 2003. Firstly, they are an incredibly professional team and the car is always top-notch. Secondly, they always keep a close working relationship with the Porsche factory. Finally, and maybe most importantly, over the last two seasons I have grown to be close friends with the whole team from Dale and Mike down. I have so much fun driving for them, both in and out of the car!"
Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing began operation in the late 1980s competing in off-road endurance events. The duo of White and Petersen joined to win over 50 off-road truck victories including three-consecutive overall wins at the Baja 1000 and Baja 500. Before bringing the team to the pavement fulltime in 2000, the team had racked-up four SCORE, SNORE and SODA championships. Since introducing the team to sports car racing, the success has been no less impressive scoring a Trans-Am Series victory and three Speed Challenge wins. The team has endurance sports car wins at Watkins Glen in 1998 and the 2001 GT-class win, second overall, at the Rolex 24 of Daytona. In the ALMS, Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing has consistently been one of the highest-ranking, non-factory efforts in the GT-class.