Rahal Letterman Racing announces American Le Mans Series program MONTEREY, Calif. - Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) announced today it would enter the American Le Mans Series in 2007 as a participant in the GT2 category. RLR intends to run a...
Rahal Letterman Racing announces American Le Mans Series program
MONTEREY, Calif. - Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) announced today it would enter the American Le Mans Series in 2007 as a participant in the GT2 category. RLR intends to run a program in the ALMS and will utilize the new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for the 2007 campaign.
"I have made no secret in recent years that I wanted to begin a sports car program for Rahal Letterman Racing," said 2004 International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Rahal. "I trace my racing roots back to sports cars and my time on the historic tracks of Sebring, Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio and Elkhart Lake. A passion for road racing and sports cars is a foundation of our team. The opportunity to diversify our business model at RLR and to do so with the addition of an ALMS program is an outstanding opportunity. I don't think it is an anomaly that more IndyCar teams are looking at the addition of an ALMS program. There is a certain synergy that strengthens our organization on and off the track."
"The Rahal Letterman name and team are synonymous with top line racing success," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series. "There is no doubt that it will bring the highest level of performance and competition to the American Le Mans Series competitive ranks and the GT2 class. Bobby's success as both a driver and team owner has allowed him to become one of the icons of the motorsports industry. We cannot wait to see the new Rahal Letterman GT2 team entry at the 2007 season opener -- the 55th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
"This marks another impressive line of world-class content that the American Le Mans Series will unveil to its fans next season. The Series has shown tremendous strides in recent seasons with the addition of renowned teams like Penske Racing, Aston Martin Racing, Andretti-Green, Fernandez Racing and now Rahal Letterman. 2007 is truly going to be a highly competitive as well as showcase season for the American Le Mans Series."
"As a driver, Bobby Rahal has a winning tradition with Porsche, racing to victory in some of America's most prestigious sports cars races behind the wheel of our cars," said Uwe Brettel, president of Porsche Motorsport North America. "Now as a Porsche team owner, we expect his success with the brand to continue. We are pleased Rahal Letterman will be part of our 911 GT3 RSR customer program in 2007 and anticipate the team will enhance the already highly competitive GT2 Class in the American Le Mans Series."
Rahal Letterman Racing had fielded multiple series programs in the past, including 2003 when RLR was the only team in North America to compete in the IndyCar Series, Champ Car World Series and the Formula Atlantic Championship.
A full announcement on the RLR GT2 program including sponsorship and driver line-up is forthcoming.
Rahal Letterman Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, has been competing for more than a decade compiling 19 victories, 28 poles and one series championship (Bobby Rahal in 1992 in CART) and an Indianapolis 500 championship (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2007 Rahal Letterman Racing will campaign two cars in the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series and make its debut in the American Le Mans Series by entering the GT2 category.