This just in! Audi announced that they will be bringing their super-awesome R15 TDI race cars back to the U.S. to race in the Petit LeMans race this September at Road Atlanta. Fresh!!
Audi contests “Petit Le Mans” race in the USA
– Audi Sport Team Joest to compete with two Audi R15 TDI cars
– Capello/McNish and Luhr/Werner as driver teams
– Test race with sights set on Le Mans 2010
INGOLSTADT, Germany, Aug 25, 2009 – For the first time since its victorious debut at Sebring in March, the technologically innovative Audi R15 TDI will again compete in an endurance race in the USA: On September 26, Audi Sport Team Joest will contest the 1000-mile “Petit Le Mans” race, which is part of the American Le Mans Series, at Road Atlanta (Georgia) with two cars.
The two diesel-powered racing sports cars will be driven by Dindo Capello (Italy) and Allan McNish (Scotland) as well as the two Germans Lucas Luhr and Marco Werner. DTM racer Mike Rockenfeller is planned to be the team’s reserve driver.
“The race at Road Atlanta already marks the first part of our preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2010,” explains Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “We want to use it as an opportunity for our engineers to learn even more about the new Audi R15 TDI in direct competition with strong rivals. A lot of things can be simulated on test rigs and in track tests. But nothing can replace the experience gathered in actual racing events.”
At the same time, Audi Sport will support the market launch of TDI technology in North America by participating in the popular “Petit Le Mans” race. The Audi Q7 TDI 3.0 has been available in the USA since late April of this year, and the Audi A3 TDI 2.0 will arrive at U.S. dealerships in December 2009.