Porsche goes for Five in a Row at Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC - Fresh from its victory in the Sebring 12 Hours of Endurance, Porsche will attempt to extend it’s American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT class winning streak to five at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Charlotte. Beginning with ...

CHARLOTTE, NC - Fresh from its victory in the Sebring 12 Hours of Endurance, Porsche will attempt to extend it’s American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT class winning streak to five at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Charlotte.

Beginning with Petit Le Mans, held last year in September at Road Atlanta, Porsche has been undefeated in four straight races. Porsche is the winningest marque in the brief two-season history of the ALMS with eight victories in the nine series races held so far.

In addition to its impressive class victory record, Porsche 911s have become the backbone of the ALMS program. 911 Turbos, RSR and now, GT3 Rs have historically made up a substantial part of the starting field. In 1999 39% of the cars to take the green flag were Porsches. So far in 2000, 52% of the staring fields have been made up of Porsche built or powered cars. The preliminary entry list for this week’s race to be held at Charlotte’s Lowes Motor Speedway, indicates that nearly 57% of all the cars participating will be Porsches.

1999 ALMS GT class champions Alex Job Racing enters a second car for Bob Nagel and Mike Fitzgerald. This is in addition to the team lead car driven by Randy Pobst and Bruno Lambert.

Dick Barbour Racing will once again field two cars, one for the Sebring GT class winning duo of Dirk Muller and Lucas Lohr, the other for endurance legend Bob Wollek and Sascha Maassen.

Skea Racing International, which finished second at Sebring with David Murry and Johnny Mowlem up, returns with two cars. Team owner Rohan Skea of Australia and Lloyd Hawkins manning the second GT3 R, Murry and Mowlem returning in the first.

Michael Colucci Racing (MCR) will enter two cars at Charlotte, down from the four entries (one from Aspen Knolls for 1999 GT class champ Cort Wagner and Shane Lewis, the other three from the MCR/Nygmatech stable) it fielded at the Sebring 12 Hour.

Champion Racing, which put up a valiant effort at the Sebring 12 Hours of Endurance, will not be at Charlotte for the Grand Prix. The Porsche powered Lola B2K had not even seen a racetrack prior to its arrival at Sebring. While the team had intended to treat the race as a long test session, the car’s surprising performance kept it in the hunt until a suspension failure sidelined it after nearly 7 hours. In order to prepare for Le Mans as well as the European rounds of the ALMS calendar, the team has taken this weekend off to further develop the car.

Once again, in addition to the on-track news, Porsche will be making on-line news. As at Sebring, Porsche will offer continuous internet coverage of the entire race weekend starting with Thursdays first practice session. Up-dates will be posted after each practice or qualifying session along with a pre-race report on race morning (Saturday). A final race report along with an in-depth listing of the results will follow soon after the race’s end.

Porsche’s internet coverage can be accessed by going to its web site at www.Porsche.com and then by going to the pull-down menu marked “Country Specific Information” and selecting “North America”. Once there, select “Motorsports” and then “Motorsports News”. Reports are listed latest first.

Same day coverage of the ALMS Grand Prix of Charlotte can be seen on NBC beginning on Saturday, April 1st at 4:00 pm EST. Check local listings for exact time and channel.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Shane Lewis , Dirk Müller , Bruno Lambert , Randy Pobst , Sascha Maassen , Dick Barbour , Johnny Mowlem , Bob Wollek , Alex Job , Lloyd Hawkins
Teams Alex Job Racing