Petersen Motorsports adds development team

Xtrajet to Program SONOMA, Calif., July 25, 2003 -- 24 Hours of Le Mans GT Class winner Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing is proud to announce the addition of executive air charter service XtraJet (www.XtraJet.com) as a...

Xtrajet to Program

SONOMA, Calif., July 25, 2003 -- 24 Hours of Le Mans GT Class winner Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing is proud to announce the addition of executive air charter service XtraJet (www.XtraJet.com) as a corporate partner for the 2003 and 2004 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) seasons. In conjunction with the announcement of XtraJet, Petersen/White Lightning will debut a test and development team effective immediately. The new team will undertake an extensive testing schedule throughout the current ALMS season to generate set-up data and develop chassis and engine components as well as new driver talent. The purchase of a new Porsche 911 GT3 RS for the team's premiere in the 24 Hours of Le Mans made the previous entry, which finished second in the 2003 season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring, available for this opportunity. The team will continue to field the Michael Petersen-owned #31 Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ XtraJet/ Justice Brothers/ Michelin Porsche 911 GT3 RS in select ALMS events with drivers Johnny Mowlem (Warfield, England) and Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) as planned.

"I'm excited to welcome XtraJet on as a corporate partner to join with Westward Ho Casino, MMPIE, PAWS and Justice Brothers. They are a great fit for our organization. This also gives us the opportunity to add a development program to the Petersen/White Lightning effort," commented team manager Dale White. "This will have an immediate impact on our program and will be a tremendous help to the team in the way of resources and information. We are proud to have XtraJet as our partner and look forward to the immediate benefits of the test team."

"As one of the nation's premier jet charter services XtraJet is thrilled to be in partnership with one of the world's leading racing teams," offered XtraJet president, Mark Bethea. "We are looking forward to having a lot of fun and winning a lot of races."

XtraJet is a full service corporate jet charter service based in Santa Monica, Calif. The air charter has eight jets ranging in size from a five passenger Learjet to a 12 person Gulfstream II/SP. XtraJet offers complete intercontinental flight services and is the sole owner of its aircraft. The six-year-old company offers online quoting and 24 hour personalized customer service.

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 and four SCORE, SNORE and SODA championships. Since introducing the team to sports car racing, the effort has scored victories in the Trans-Am Series, Speed Challenge Series and endurance sports car wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Watkins Glen and at the Rolex 24 of Daytona.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Mowlem , Craig Stanton , Michael Petersen