Jonsson Will Compete for the First Time in the Historic 24 Hour Race Buford, Ga. - Niclas Jonsson will head to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in his career this June in the world's most historic race in the La Sarthe region of France.
Jonsson Will Compete for the First Time in the Historic 24 Hour Race
Buford, Ga. - Niclas Jonsson will head to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in his career this June in the world's most historic race in the La Sarthe region of France. The ultimate test of endurance and speed was first held on May 26 and 27, 1923 and has only been cancelled in 1936 due to economic turmoil and from 1940 to 1948 during World War II. The race is run on a semi-permanent track which, in its current configuration, is 8.482 miles long. The circuit includes many country roads that remain open to the public when not in use for the race.
Jonsson, who also competes for Krohn Racing in the Grand Am Rolex Series, also drives for Petersen White Lightning in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series behind the wheel of the No. 31 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The Swedish native has joined the factory Porsche backed team for ALMS endurance events as well as the 24 Hours in place of regular driver Patrick Long who is driving for Penske Racing for enduros in the LMP2 class of the ALMS and at Le Mans.
Jonsson will pilot the Porsche at Le Mans with co-drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Tracy Krohn. The trio will attempt to win the third GT2 class Le Mans title for the Petersen White Lightning team in four years.
"I have competed professionally all over the world and in most of the premier motorsports series and circuits," said Jonsson. "Le Mans is something that I have always wanted to attempt and I can't think of any better team to be with than Petersen White Lightning. The team has a lot of experience at Le Mans and maintains a winning tradition. I hope that we can bring back the Le Mans trophy to the team but I know it will not be easy. Le Mans is not just about speed. It takes a huge amount of driver endurance as well as strategy so we will just have to be prepared and have confidence that we can go the distance."
The Krohn Racing/ Petersen White Lightning Le Mans Porsche 911 GT3 RSR