Henzler, Farnbacher Racing To Focus On SCCA SPEED GT Championship For 2005 TOPEKA, Kan. (March 2, 2005) -- Reigning worldwide Porsche Supercup and Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion Wolf Henzler and Farnbacher Racing have announced that they will run...
Henzler, Farnbacher Racing To Focus On SCCA SPEED GT Championship For 2005
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 2, 2005) -- Reigning worldwide Porsche Supercup and Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion Wolf Henzler and Farnbacher Racing have announced that they will run for the U.S.-based SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship in 2005. Henzler and the team will run the entire season schedule in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup after contesting two races in 2004, winning both at Infineon Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
"After witnessing the high level of professionalism and competition in the two SPEED World Challenge GT races we participated in last year, I made it my priority to pull together the resources to run the full season in 2005 with Wolf [Henzler]," team founder Horst Farnbacher said. Applied Materials, Inc., the world's largest supplier of products and services to the global semiconductor industry, will be the primary sponsor on Henzler's No. 55 entry.
Henzler, who won nine of 12 events (scoring maximum points 11 times) in the Porsche Michelin Super Cup series en route to the Driver's Championship in 2004 for Farnbacher Racing, captured wins at both races he entered in 2004, finding the tracks similar to what he was accustomed in Europe.
"I found both the cars and the drivers to be extremely competitive and I am looking forward to a very tough and challenging season," the native of Nuertingen, Germany said.
"The professionalism and dedication of this team is unparalleled," Farnbacher Racing head of operations Peter Goebel said. "We are coming off an incredible win in the GT Class at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Everyone involved is looking forward to maintaining the momentum and competing at the highest possible level in SPEED World Challenge."
The team will campaign the same Porsche GT3 Cup car that won its class at Daytona and took the two SPEED GT wins in 2004.
"The Porsche GT3 is such a well developed and dependable race car, and this one is so well sorted out, it was the logical choice to run in the SPEED GT series," Goebel added.
The effort will be run out of the newly completed, 25,000 square foot Farnbacher Loles Motorsports facility in Danbury, Conn.
"Everyone involved is very excited about the opportunity to compete in Speed GT this year," Gregory Loles, Principal Partner of Farnbacher Racing and owner of Farnbacher Loles Motorsports, said. "We have assembled a team made up of seasoned professionals who are determined to make Farnbacher Racing in the United States as successful as it is in Europe. We are very grateful for the technical support and encouragement of all the people at Porsche Motorsport North America."
The 2005 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Championship begins its 16th season of competition March 18 at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Throughout the 11-race season, the series will visit the best natural terrain road courses and temporary circuits in North America. For more information about the series, please visit www.world-challenge.com.
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