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Road Atlanta: Audi preview

Audi Motorsports in full force at Road Atlanta this weekend. SMYRNA, GA. (June 24, 2003) The American Le Mans Series and SPEED World Challenge GT Series will return to action with the Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta in Braselton,...

Audi Motorsports in full force at Road Atlanta this weekend.

SMYRNA, GA. (June 24, 2003) The American Le Mans Series and SPEED World Challenge GT Series will return to action with the Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., June 27-29. For the Audi R8 Teams of Infineon Team Joest and Team ADT Champion Racing, it will be round two of the nine-race season. For Champion Racing's RS 6 team competing in the SPEED World Challenge GT Series, it will be the fifth of ten races for the two car team.

Infineon Team Joest arrives at Road Atlanta as overall championship leaders after winning the season opener at Sebring in March. Frank Biela has already won at Road Atlanta in 2001. Frank's team colleague, Marco Werner, competes for the first time on the 2.54 circuit. "From now on, all the circuits in America are new to me," said Werner. "I can't wait as I've only heard good things about Road Atlanta. I'm really looking forward to the roller coaster sections which should suit me."

The race this weekend at Road Atlanta is a very special one for Team ADT Champion Racing. For the first time Johnny Herbert, the Briton, and the Finn JJ Lehto share the cockpit of the white and multi-colored #38 Audi R8. Following the success in Le Mans (third place), Dave Maraj's team is aiming for their first ALMS victory. "It could have already happened in Sebring, unfortunately we had some bad luck at the end," said JJ Lehto. "It is only a question of time before Champion wins their first ALMS race."

Meanwhile Randy Pobst in the #2 RS 6 is looking to extend his lead in the SPEED World Challenge GT Series. Randy and his teammate, Michael Galati, recently tested at Virginia International Raceway. This mid-season testing allowed Champion Racing to further improve its new Audi RS 6 Competition.

While new recruit Pobst has enjoyed a great start to his championship campaign in the all-wheel-drive Audi RS 6 sedan, defending GT champion Michael Galati has suffered continual bad luck and has only a 10th best place finish to show for his efforts in the opening four races. His bad luck continued last week when he damaged his Audi RS 6 in testing which necessitates a switch back to the Audi S4 Competition.

The Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta will be televised live by CBS Sports on Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage available online each time the ALMS cars are on the track at Road Atlanta, including practice, qualifying and the race. The Radio Web is free of charge and can be accessed at www.americanlemans.com.

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Drivers Johnny Herbert , Frank Biela , Randy Pobst , Michael Galati , Dave Maraj , JJ Lehto