Sebring: Petersen Motorsports race report

Petersen Motorsports / White Lightning Racing opens ALMS season with second at Sebring. SEBRING, Fla., March 15, 2003 - Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing finished second in today's prestigious 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.

Petersen Motorsports / White Lightning Racing opens ALMS season with second at Sebring.

SEBRING, Fla., March 15, 2003 - Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing finished second in today's prestigious 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. The driving trio of Nic Jonsson (Bankeryd, Sweden), Craig Stanton (Long Beach, California) and Johnny Mowlem (Warfield, England) combined to be the biggest threat to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT-class dominating Alex Job Racing (AJR). The #31 Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ Justice Brothers Porsche 911 GT3 RS swapped the top-spot with the #23 AJR entry throughout the day but came up just short at the end of the 12 hour endurance classic. Making the battle even more dramatic was Friday's announcement that the two would partner to challenge for GT-class honors at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

"We're happy to finish second behind the super-competitive Alex Job Racing," offered car owner Michael Petersen. "We were hoping to run trouble free but, obviously, that didn't happen and that cost us a victory, or, at least, a closer finish to Alex. It was nice to give Alex a little competition. We're looking forward to going to Le Mans as a partner with Alex. Putting the top-two teams at Sebring together gives us a pretty strong, combined team to represent the ALMS at Le Mans."

Lead driver Mowlem commented; "I'm happy. I'm happy for the team because they deserve it. I'm tired of finishing second. I want to win. But, I'm proud of the way we ran; to be that close to Alex Job. They had the legs on us but we were close."

"Being my first time in a Porsche I am pleased with my own performance," Jonsson added to his teammate's remarks. "I was able to run competitive times when we were told we could rev the engine. I am also pleased with the Petersen Motorsports' guys. They did a terrific job. I am also very thankful to Johnny because, having never driven a Porsche, he has been very helpful all week with tips. So I am very appreciative of that."

Craig Stanton, who earned his ALMS career high finish with today's podium, offered; "This is awesome. All credit goes to the crew. Harry (Haggard, engineer and strategist), Mike and Dale (White, team manager) made great pit calls. The day went great. I never experienced a stint like I did my second stint today on the Michelin tires. Michelin gave us a great tire, Porsche gave us a great car. We've had an incredible day. I can't wait to call Mom and Dad."

For more about Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning, please visit www.PetersenMotorsports.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Alex Job Racing