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Le Mans winning Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing overcomes late start to race at Infineon. LAS VEGAS, July 23, 2003 - 24 Hours of Le Mans GT Class winner Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing has further shown the ...

Le Mans winning Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing overcomes late start to race at Infineon.

LAS VEGAS, July 23, 2003 - 24 Hours of Le Mans GT Class winner Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing has further shown the incredible strength of the team as it prepares for the Grand Prix of Sonoma Presented by Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa & Foster's Lager. Due to a miscommunication out of the team's hands, the #31 Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ XtraJet/ Justice Brothers Michelin-shod Porsche 911 GT3 RS arrived at the Las Vegas race shop from France on Thursday, July 17 instead of the anticipated July 1. The two-week delay to get ready for the July 27th American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race changed the pace of preparing the brand-new, as of Le Mans, Porsche from leisurely to a precision orchestrated thrash. However, despite the delay- which was magnified by the team's transporter and much of its equipment being with the car- preparation of the familiar Porsche with the red lightning bolt livery has been completed in the typical meticulous fashion of the team. The Westward Ho/ MMPIE transporter will roll to Sonoma, Calif. for Sunday's two hour and 45-minute sports car event at Infineon Raceway with time to spare. The Michael Petersen-owned and Dale White-managed team, with aces Johnny Mowlem of Warfield England and Long Beach, California's Craig Stanton behind the wheel, finished second at the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring and stands as a strong threat to take this week's top honors in GT class.

"I am very pleased with how Kent (Moore, lead technician), Nico (Castellaccio, technician) and the whole Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning crew came together to get this car ready to race," offered White. "Every step of the way was well orchestrated and carried out just as it would have been had we had six months to prepare the car. We just did it more quickly. I have no doubt in my mind that this will be the best prepared race car at Sonoma. It is a testament to the team, to the Porsche 911 and to Mike (Petersen) that we could turn the car around so quickly. I can't wait to get to the track and give AJR (Alex Job Racing) a run."

Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing began operation in the late 1980s competing in off-road endurance events. The duo of White and Petersen joined to win over 50 off-road truck victories including three-consecutive overall wins at the Baja 1000 and Baja 500 and four SCORE, SNORE and SODA championships. Since introducing the team to sports car racing, the effort has scored victories in the Trans-Am Series, Speed Challenge Series and endurance sports car wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Watkins Glen and at the Rolex 24 of Daytona.

For more, please visit www.PetersenMotorsports.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Mowlem , Craig Stanton , Michael Petersen , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing