It's been four years since Marino last competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a works' Panoz GT2, but the wait has been truly worthwhile because in this 50th Anniversary year of Aston Martin's first win of this classic and epic event, Marino has...
It's been four years since Marino last competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a works' Panoz GT2, but the wait has been truly worthwhile because in this 50th Anniversary year of Aston Martin's first win of this classic and epic event, Marino has barely 8 more weeks to wait before he will travel to La Sarthe to compete in that very same evocative marque, an Aston Martin.
This year the British contingent that throng to Le Mans in their thousands will have something extra to cheer about, because not only will Marino be competing in a British car, the Aston Martin Vantage GT2, but it will be with an all British Team, Drayson Racing, and with British Co-Drivers, team owner and driver, Paul Drayson, and Jonny Cocker. Drayson Racing will be the sole representative for the marque in the LM GT2 category; the team's attached press release will provide you with all the details of Marino's testing in the run-up to Le Mans week, as well Marino's own comments and those of his team colleagues.
"I am really excited to bring you this news", said Marino "And my thanks go to both Rob and Chris Dyson as well as Mazda North America for releasing me to take on this epic race". Marino is competing in one of Dyson Racing's Mazda-Lola LMP2 prototypes in the 2009 American Le Mans Series and took a third placed podium only last weekend in the second round of the championship held in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Between now and 3.00pm on the 13th June when the Drayson Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT2 rolls off the grid in the 24 Hours race in Le Mans, Marino has plenty to fit into his busy racing schedule - Rounds 3 and 4 of the ALMS championship in Long Beach, California and Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as his Le Mans preparation tests with his new Drayson Racing team.