SPORTSCAR: Rohr adds GTS-2 team at Atlanta

ROHR MOTORSPORT EXPANDS TO WIN TWO SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHPS Jochen Rohr, owner of the Rohr Motorsport Porsche team in the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 class, announced that French driver Michel Ligonnet and American Zak Brown will race his team's...

ROHR MOTORSPORT EXPANDS TO WIN TWO SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHPS Jochen Rohr, owner of the Rohr Motorsport Porsche team in the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 class, announced that French driver Michel Ligonnet and American Zak Brown will race his team's GTS-2 Porsche Turbo category for the remainder of the 1997 season, starting with Sunday's two-hour Exxon Supreme GT race at Road Atlanta. "Our GTS-1 Porsche 911 Turbo, which Andy Pilgrim and I drive, already leads the driver and manufacturer points after two races. With Michel and Zak coming to our team from the Roock Racing effort, Rohr Motorsport now has an unparalled opportunity to win both the GTS-1 and GTS-2 championships in the same season," Rohr said. "The GTS-2 car is almost identical to our GTS-1 car, but under the Professional SportsCar Racing rules, it competes at a slightly heavier weight and with smaller restrictors on the air intakes," Rohr added. Ligonnet, 35, and Brown, 24, of Indianapolis, were teammates at this year's Daytona and Sebring endurance races. They finished second in the GTS-2 class in both events and are tired for second place in the season points. "I've been racing all over the world for ten years," Ligonnet said, "but these are my first races in America. I have to learn every track we race on this year, but learning new tracks is an enjoyable challenge to a racer." Ligonnet and Pilgrim were co-drivers on the Roock team in late 1996; they finished second at the BPR Global Endurance GT race at Zuhai, China last November, and their win in December at Brasilia, Brazil saw them share the Brazilian Championship. "It has been a pleasure to drive with Andy," Ligonnet said. "He is very fast and yet easy on the equipment -- an excellent driver." Brown is one of the hottest young commodities in American racing. He began racing go karts at age 14 and was the Rookie of the Year in the Jim Hall School Championship in 1990. At age 20, he dedicated his racing to European series, first with the Dutch Opel Lotus series, and British Formula 3. His American professional road racing prior to 1997 was limited to several starts in the Toyota Formula Atlantic and Firestone Indy Lights series.

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Michel Ligonnet , Zak Brown