EFR joins Southard Motorsports for Daytona 24h

ELLIOTT FORBES-ROBINSON ROUNDS OUT SOUTHARD MOTORSPORTS DRIVER LINEUP FOR 2007 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA Powell, OH (Jan. 20, 2007) -- Veteran sports car driver Elliott Forbes-Robinson will join the driver lineup for Southard Motorsports at the...

ELLIOTT FORBES-ROBINSON ROUNDS OUT SOUTHARD MOTORSPORTS DRIVER LINEUP FOR 2007 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

Powell, OH (Jan. 20, 2007) -- Veteran sports car driver Elliott Forbes-Robinson will join the driver lineup for Southard Motorsports at the next weekend's 45th running of the endurance classic, the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Forbes-Robinson will be part of the four driver team for the Saturday, January 27th premier test of endurance that includes Shane Lewis, Randy Ruhlman and top newcomer Graham Rahal in the #3 Southard Motorsports/Preformed Line Products Lexus Riley.

Completing the lineup for the 2007 for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Forbes-Robinson brings a wealth of talent and experience to an already exciting driver lineup. Two of the drivers, Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman, each have almost twenty years in sports car racing, as well as diverse sprint and endurance series experience, while Graham Rahal has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments for a driver who just celebrated his eighteenth birthday.

Besides two overall wins at the Rolex 24 At Daytona (in 1997 and again in 1999) and a class win in 2000, highlights of Forbes-Robinson's long career include: an overall Championship in American LeMans, a co-championship in Can-Am, the 1982 Trans-Am Championship, and four wins in the Rolex Sports Car Series. During his thirty-year tenure in racing, Forbes-Robinson has won races in five different decades and completed in IMSA GTU, SuperVee, Pikes Peak Hill Climb and World Challenge. In 2006, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Based in Powell, Ohio, Southard Motorsports reflects the goals and dedication of its owners, Steve and Martha Southard, both former drivers themselves in Historic and Professional racing. One of only two teams to have competed in every Grand American Rolex Daytona Prototype Sports Car event since 2004, they have shown the continuity and commitment that are hallmark to all winning programs. This experience was highlighted in last year's successful Daytona Prototype season, when they captured two podium finishes, a third at the prestigious Long Beach Grand Prix and another third at Phoenix.

Earning its first-ever Manufacturer's Championship in 2006, Lexus registered seven victories on the way to capturing the Daytona Prototype crown and scored it's first-ever triumph in the prestigious 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Over the past three seasons and forty Rolex Series events, Lexus-powered entries have taken twenty-one pole positions and won fifteen races.

Preformed Line Products (PLP) is an international manufacturer and supplier of hardware and support systems for the communications and energy industries. Products include COYOTE® Fiber Optics and VORTEX® Vibration Dampers used in the telecommunications, cable and energy industries. Manufacturing facilities are located worldwide in the USA, Canada, China, Brazil, Mexico, England, Spain, South Africa, Australia and Thailand.

-credit: Southard Motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Graham Rahal , Randy Ruhlman