Team Joest Audi returns with new look, new sponsor

BRASELTON, Ga. (February 5, 2003) -- One of the most successful racing teams in the brief history of the American Le Mans Series will return to the series in 2003 with a new look, new sponsorship and a new driver. Infineon Team Joest will run...

BRASELTON, Ga. (February 5, 2003) -- One of the most successful racing teams in the brief history of the American Le Mans Series will return to the series in 2003 with a new look, new sponsorship and a new driver.

Infineon Team Joest will run all 10 races in the American Le Mans Series with veteran driver Frank Biela and a new addition, Marco Werner. The two German drivers will pilot an Audi R8 Prototype in the sports car endurance racing series beginning with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Mar. 12-15.

Frank Biela.
Photo by John Thawley.
Infineon Team Joest is operated by Reinhold Joest, who has earned legendary status in endurance sports car racing over a long career. Joest operated the factory Audi team the past four years, enjoying tremendous success in both the ALMS and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The success included three consecutive team championships in the ALMS as well as 23 race wins in the LMP 900 class. Following Audi's restructuring of its motorsports program, Joest will campaign as an Audi customer team in 2003 with support from Audi North America.

Biela, 38, who starting driving for the factory Audi team in 1999, led the ALMS with six pole positions in the 2002 season. He and co-driver Emanuele Pirro won three races on the series in each of the past three seasons. Joined by Tom Kristensen, Biela and Pirro also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three straight years, the only trio of drivers ever to do so.

Werner joined the factory Audi team at Le Mans last year and was one of the drivers of the car that finished third in the event. The 36-year-old German started racing in 1984 and his career has included success in Formula 3000, touring cars and GT racing.

"I am sure that both drivers will compliment each other perfectly," said Ralf Juttner, Technical Director for Infineon Team Joest. "We have known Frank for a long time and value his experience and consistency. Marco Werner made an impressing debut appearance at last year's running of the Le Mans 24 Hours."

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway. Ticket information is available online at www.sebringraceway.com or by calling (863) 655-1442, or toll-free in Florida (800) 626-RACE. Four classes of American Le Mans Series cars will compete in the event, and some 60 cars are expected to take the green flag.

The race will be televised live from flag-to-flag by the SPEED Channel, with live coverage by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web online at www.americanlemans.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tom Kristensen , Frank Biela , Marco Werner , Reinhold Joest , Ralf Juttner , Emanuele Pirro