Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Robertson Racing ushers in fresh look at Mid-Ohio
This season’s American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron continues apace this weekend (August 5/6) with Robertson Racing Lexington-bound for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge.
Round five of the 2011 campaign – the third in just five weeks – brings with it a significant change in the Braselton-based team’s camp as co-owner and long-time driver David Robertson steps back from behind the #40 Ford GT’s wheel in favour of Melanie Snow.
The former GT3 Challenge Gold Cup champion and 1999 12 Hours of Sebring class winner will make her first main series GT start for 12 years at the 2.4-mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course alongside fellow female racer Andrea Robertson.
Snow is no stranger to Mid-Ohio having clinched the GT Challenge class honours there in 2009. And after spending the majority of her career racing Porsches, she will hope to utilise that previous experience of the circuit when testing the Ford for the first time on Tuesday ahead of Friday’s free practice and qualifying sessions.
Meanwhile Robertson Racing’s #04 entry, again shared by David Murry and Anthony Lazzaro, will be looking to bounce back from a slightly frustrating result at Mosport just over a week ago where the pair eventually came home seventh after leading their class.
With no ALMS duties to attend to last weekend, the team made the trip to Waterford Hills in Michigan where home favourites David and Andrea celebrated their recent Le Mans 24 Hours podium. Both Robertson Racing Ford GTs were on display and also completed a number of demonstration laps before spending Monday in transit to Mid-Ohio.
Team Manager Andrew ‘H’ Smith: “There’s a real buzz around the crew following Melanie’s arrival and we can’t wait to see how she goes on Tuesday at the test. We’ve added a smaller seat to the #40 car which should also help Andrea who will be showing Mel the ropes. This latest development is really exciting as it moves the programme forward by creating a fresh interest in the team. But while two female drivers sharing the car certainly helps with promotion, it’s important to stress that Mel has earned this chance following her success over a number of years. It’s not something that happens too often in motorsport so to be able to offer such an opportunity is very rewarding.”
By: robertson racing