Porsche Wunderkind Mike Rockenfeller to Drive with TRG at Petit Le Mans Sonoma, CA -- September 2, 2004 - TRG announced today that Porsche Junior star Mike Rockenfeller will drive the ...
Porsche Wunderkind Mike Rockenfeller to Drive with TRG at Petit Le Mans
Sonoma, CA -- September 2, 2004 - TRG announced today that Porsche Junior star Mike Rockenfeller will drive the #66 New Century Mortgage/Monster Cable Porsche with Cort Wagner and Patrick Long at the world famous Petit Le Mans. In what will be only his third American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race, Rockenfeller's presence is highly anticipated in the paddock. With 11 podium finishes in the German Porsche Carrera Cup and Porsche Michelin Supercup so far in 2004, as well as a podium finish at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Rockenfeller is having a stellar year, a run TRG hopes to extend with a victory at Petit Le Mans.
Just 20 years old, Mike is competing for the second season as a member of the prestigious Porsche Junior team in the Michelin Supercup, national Porsche Carrera Cups, ALMS and Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES).
Patrick Long, Rockenfeller's teammate on the Porsche Junior team in 2003, was thrilled to reunite with his friend. "It's great that Mike and I will get to race together again," he said. "As teammates last year in Europe, we learned how to work closely together on car setup, and having him in the car will push Cort and I. It's a great time for him to join the team -- I think that all the pieces are in place now at TRG for us to challenge for the top step on the podium."
Team owner Kevin Buckler was thrilled at the prospect of such a strong driver lineup for the 10-hour classic race. "It's very exciting to have a driver of Mike's caliber join with Cort and Patrick for this race, and it's cool because Mike and Patrick used to drive each other crazy driving against each other. It'll be good for us and bad for our competition for the two of them to be driving together! It says a lot to us that Porsche entrusts us with two of their most promising drivers, and the team will put together the absolute best, world-class ride for our drivers at that race. We want to win this race, and I'd say this is a hell of a good start."
Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour endurance race, is among the highlights of the ALMS racing schedule. The race runs this year on September 25, and will be broadcast live in the U.S. on Speed Channel.