Rand Racing returns; will contest full American Le Mans Series in 2004 BRASELTON, Ga. - Rand Racing, SRPII winners at the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona, will return to competition by entering a pair of AER Nissan-powered Lola B2K/40s in the LMP2...
Rand Racing returns; will contest full American Le Mans Series in 2004
BRASELTON, Ga. - Rand Racing, SRPII winners at the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona, will return to competition by entering a pair of AER Nissan-powered Lola B2K/40s in the LMP2 class of the 2004 American Le Mans Series. The team will begin the season at the Mar. 17-20 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, aiming for an invitation to the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans.
"We've been successful in endurance racing," said team owner Bill Rand, "and our Daytona win made us think about Le Mans. That's the most important race in the world, and we want to be there. The ALMS recently stated that 'the Road to Le Mans Passes Through Sebring,' so that's where we're going to start. We've combined the key elements of our old team with some outstanding drivers, and we're anxious to get back on the track."
Thomas Blam and Jeff Braun both return to key positions with Rand Racing. Blam, who was recently described in a magazine profile as probably the best road racing strategist in North America, has been named Team Manager. In addition to his previous experience with Rand Racing, he has most recently served as a team manager in the Speed World Challenge as well as GT racing. Braun, with extensive experience as a race engineer in road racing, stock car racing and Indy cars, has been named Technical Director. He engineered the Ferrari 333 SP to the IMSA Championship in 1995 as well as Rand Racing to the GrandAm championship in 2002. Braun also served as Race Engineer and Technical Director for the Ferrari that won Sebring in 1995 and 1997.
Rand Racing has an outstanding history, having won the 2002 GrandAm SRPII Team Championship with Rand Racing driver Terry Borcheller winning the SRPII Driver Championship. Rand Racing's endurance wins in 2002 included the Daytona, the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, and the VIR 500, with a season record of nine wins in 10 races.
Rand Racing will operate from its base in Tucker, GA. The team's full driver roster for the 2004 ALMS season will be announced in the near future.