Brembo Looks To Repeat As ALMS Champions Already 2007 Winners in Grand-Am, NASCAR, MotoGP and AMA Superbike SEBRING, Fl., March 16, 2007 Whether four-wheel or two, open-wheel, prototype or GT, since Brembo began racing with Ferrari in 1975, the...
Brembo Looks To Repeat As ALMS Champions
Already 2007 Winners in Grand-Am, NASCAR, MotoGP and AMA Superbike
SEBRING, Fl., March 16, 2007 Whether four-wheel or two, open-wheel, prototype or GT, since Brembo began racing with Ferrari in 1975, the Italian manufacturer of high- performance braking systems has won more world championships at more great venues than any other competitor. Brembo hopes to continue this dominance at this Saturday's Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the opening round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), a series in which Brembo-equipped cars won three classes in 2006.
Already this season, Brembo has won ten races in five different series, including Grand-Am Rolex Cup. NASCAR's Nextel Cup and Busch Series, MotoGP and the AMA Superbike. Brembo "owns" Daytona, as well as NASCAR. After winning the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona (with 37 cars out of 70 using Brembo) in January, Brembo provided brakes for Kevin Harvick's #29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, last year's Busch Champion, as he scored back-to-back victories in the Busch and the Daytona 500. Ben Spies, last year's AMA Superbike Champion, made it four out of four at Daytona as he won the series opening round on his Suzuki this past weekend.
After the Daytona 500, Matt Kenseth (#17 Roush Ford) and Jimmy Johnson (#48 Hendrick Chevrolet), last year's NASCAR Champion, continued the Brembo string of Nextel Cup victories at Fontana and Las Vegas respectively, while Kenseth and Jeff Burton (#31 Childress Chevrolet) did the same in the Busch Series. And just to emphasize Brembo's diversity in the winner's circle, Australian Casey Stoner won at the Quatar GP, the opening round of the MotoGP, a series that Brembo has dominated for several years.
Brembo will supply over half the field for tomorrow's 55th edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring, including four prototypes and 16 GT cars. Leading the field are the two Audi R10s, including the #1 car with Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish. In addition to winning last year's Sebring race, Capello and McNish were the ALMS Champions (LMP1) on Brembo. Kristensen is the master of Le Mans, winning overall a record seven times.
Brembo is also equipping Andretti Green Racing's new Acura P2 prototype with Dario Franchitti, Bryan Herta and Tony Kanaan, all experienced open-wheel drivers, for the first time.
The largest battle will come from the 18 GT2 entries of which Brembo will supply brakes for all but the three Panoz Esperantes. Last season, the Ferrari 430 of Risi Competizione rode Brembos to the ALMS GT2 Championship and the five Brembo-equipped Ferraris are looking very competitive in practice. Nine Brembo-equipped Porsches will give chase and demonstrate why they have always been known and respected for their reliability in this classic endurance race on a WW II bomber base in southern Florida.
In the end, hopefully, Brembo will be able to add another 12 Hours of Sebring crown to its list of great championships after this weekend.