Texas - German machines favorite for Leather Center GT race

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Feb. 22, 2001) - When the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas takes the green flag at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 4, it would be a safe bet that a German-made machine will come in first in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Feb. 22, 2001) - When the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas takes the green flag at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 4, it would be a safe bet that a German-made machine will come in first in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Some of the leading sports car drivers from around the world will be piloting Porsches and BMW creations in search of the Leather Center Grand Prix GT class victory podium. Sports car legends Bob Wollek, Hans Stuck, Boris Said and 1999 ALMS GT king Cort Wagner Jr. will be seeking the GT division triumph.

The Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas GT field will include as many as 10 new Porsche 911 GT3 R machines. Leading the Porsche entries will be a two-car McKenna Porsche-sponsored effort featuring Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen in one mount and Christian Menzel and Randy Pobst in the other. French endurance specialist Wollek will wheel the White Lightning/Westward Ho Casino 911 with Johnny Mowlem.

Stuck and Said will team in one of the two Team PTG BMW M3 creations with Bill Auberlen and Nic Jonsson aboard the other. The team is optimistic about the Texas ALMS race coming off two days of testing at Road Atlanta.

"The test went pretty well," said Team PTG owner Tom Milner. "We were about one second off the new Porsche, which you can expect here, so that's pretty good. And Texas? Every race we go to, we go to win. I think we will be in the hunt."

"With the BMW factory M3s mounting a formidable factory challenge in the GT class, we are again fortunate to have experienced customer teams and veteran drivers to carry the Porsche banner this year," said Alwin Springer, president of Porsche Motorsports North America.

Joining the GT division in the ALMS race will be the LMP 900 and LMP 675 prototype and GTS classes. All four divisions will compete simultaneously in the Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas. Other divisions also competing during the weekend are the SPEEDVISION World Challenge and Star Mazda cars.

-www.texasmotorspeedway.com

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