Farnbacher Loles Ready for Championship Round at Homestead Miami After eleven grueling rounds of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season, only one event remains for the Farnbacher Loles Racing Team.
Farnbacher Loles Ready for Championship Round at Homestead Miami
After eleven grueling rounds of the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season, only one event remains for the Farnbacher Loles Racing Team. Homestead-Miami, the 2.3-mile, 11-turn speedway road course, will host the 250 mile Grand Prix of Miami on Sunday, October 10, with Farnbacher Loles entering two Porsche GT3 Cup cars. For the final time this year, Leh Keen, of Charleston, NC, will be co-driving with Dirk Werner of Kissenbruck, Germany. The pair have teamed up to win four races, achieve six podiums, three pole positions, and have finished in the top-10 in every race so far this season. All that remains for them to accomplish this year is the coveted Driver's Championship. With a 30-point lead over the #07 Pontiac GXP.R driver Kelly Collins, Keen and Werner only need to spend 30 minutes each in the #87 Shock Doctor/ Intercity Lines/ PlanetPorsche GT3 Cup to win the Championship. Additionally, with a 29 point lead in the GT Team Championship and with Porsche enjoying a 23 point lead in the GT Manufacturing Championship, a modest finishing position will ensure all three Championships this weekend.
Keen is excited about this weekend's possibilities.
"I haven't been this excited about a race since the 24 Hours at Daytona, I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car," Keen said. "The most important thing we have to do first is to get our 30 minutes in. After that is taken care of, we can push for the win just like we have always done. It has been an amazing year so far and I can't wait to finish what we started this weekend."
Werner is planning on running cautiously and has been studying Homestead-Miami's layout for potential opportunities.
"Leh and I are ready for Homestead and we both know that we have to be cautious and get our 30 minutes in the car," Werner said. "I plan on doing my best to keep the #87 safe so that we can both do what we need to do. Once that's completed, I believe we have an excellent chance on the revised layout at Homestead-Miami. In the past, I don't think it suited the Porsche, but I believe we may have the advantage now."
A new driver lineup in the #86 Farnbacher Loles Racing/Wheel Enhancement GT3 Cup will see Eric Lux of Jacksonville, FL teamed up with Dave Lacey of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Though not driving in the same car at the time, Lux and Lacey were Farnbacher Loles Racing teammates during the 2009 24 Hours at Daytona, scoring a fifth and seventh respectively. Both drivers are ready to share the same Porsche this weekend and will be fighting for a top position.
Lacey is excited to be competing in the States again and is looking forward to witnessing the Championship battle this weekend.
"I'm very happy to be back with Farnbacher Loles this weekend," Lacey said. "I know Eric to be a fast driver who uses his head, so I have a lot of confidence that we can get a top result together. I'm also very excited to see Leh and Dirk compete for the Championships. If there's anything I can do to help them during the weekend, they can count on me. If all goes well, I'll be there to help the Team celebrate their amazing accomplishments!"
Lux is eager to finish another successful season with Farnbacher Loles with strong run in Miami.
"Homestead will be a great race for us," Lux said. "After our bad luck with the gearbox at Miller in Utah, I am looking forward to having a strong race in Florida. I am also looking forward to teaming up with Dave Lacey for the weekend. I can't believe how fast the season flew by!"
Farnbacher Loles Team Principal, Gregory Loles, is proud of how his Team has performed all year, and knows that they need to focus this weekend once again. "Although we are in an excellent position in the points, we still must not take anything for granted," Loles said. "Leh and Dirk know what they need to do and I have the utmost confidence that they, and the crew, can deliver once again. I'm also excited to have Dave Lacey with us again in Florida. I know that he and Eric are capable of bringing the Team a top result and I look forward to supporting everyone this weekend."