Concept Carz Home Concepts and PrototypesAbout Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed
 
 Automotive NewsArrow PictureAudi R8 LMS GTD drivers prepare to defend 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona 
Audi R8 LMS GTD drivers prepare to defend 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at DaytonaAddThis Social Bookmark Button
By: Audi

Audi R8 LMS GTD drivers prepare to defend 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona  • Audi R8 LMS GTD driver line-ups announced for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

• Four Audi customer race teams, five Audi R8 LMS race cars and twenty drivers begin testing at the Roar Before Daytona

• New liveries created for debut race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series

A combination of twenty experienced gentlemen and professional drivers, representing four-race teams, will look to defend last year's Daytona win. Fall-Line Motorsports, Flying Lizard Motorsports, GMG Racing and Paul Miller Racing will make up the five-car R8 LMS line-up which will debut at the Roar Before the first ever TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race.

Today, Audi Sport customer-racing announces its GTD driver line-up for the Rolex 24 hour race at Daytona International Speedway. Testing and preparations began in November and will continue at the Roar Before January 3, 2014, when all of the teams and drivers will be present ahead of the legendary race that will take place on January 25-26, 2014.

Audi R8 LMS GTD drivers prepare to defend 2014 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona  

'We have a fantastic group of racing partners and drivers this season and look forward to defending last year's Daytona win,' said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. 'The successes of the R8 in endurance racing are a testament to the engineering found in every Audi on the road today.'

In only its second running at the legendary race, an Audi R8 race car was the first to cross the finish line at last year's Rolex 24 at Daytona. The teams and drivers will look to make history once again on January 25-26 as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship makes it race debut. Audi Sport customer racing will support the teams for the race including Audi Sport factory and Audi Sport customer racing drivers.

Fall-Line Motorsports returns after running half of last year's GRAND-AM series, Flying Lizard as well as Paul Miller Racing will make their race debuts in the R8 LMS after successful race results with Porsche. GMG Racing will also enter the Rolex 24 at Daytona following a successful campaign last year in the Pirelli World Challenge in which James Sofronas placed 2nd in the driver championship. Audi Sport factory drivers and Audi Sport customer racing drivers will augment each of the teams for the TUDOR United SportsCar premiere race.

Fall-Line Motorsports which began racing the Audi R8 GRAND-AM midway through last year's GRAND-AM season will return to the grid this year with considerable experience having been gleaned about the car. Charlie Putnam and Charles Espenlaub will be joined by James Walker who won the WEC Silverstone race as well as Oliver Jarvis, Audi Sport factory driver, who was on last year's Daytona-winning team.

Flying Lizard Motorsports has had great success winning multiple races and championships in ALMS and gained invaluable experience competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours as well as in GRAND-AM. Two Audi R8 LMS vehicles will be carrying the Flying Lizard livery. Driver and team owner Seth Neiman will pilot the #35 R8 LMS and will be joined by Alessandro Latif, Dion von Moltke and Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Sport factory driver). Dion and Filipe were both part of the winning team to be first to the checkered flag at last years' race. The second Audi R8 LMS (#45) will be driven by Nelson Canache Jr., Tim Pappas, Spencer Pumpelly and Markus Winkelhock (Audi Sport customer racing driver).

GMG Racing, following a successful campaign in last year's Pirelli World Challenge series, will be running the #32 R8 LMS for Rolex 24 at Daytona. Owner, Alex Welch will be joined by James Sofronas who took second place in the drivers championship of the Pirelli World Challenge. Audi Sport customer racing drivers Frank Stippler who came in the third place in last year's race and Marc Basseng will join the team as they strive for success in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Paul Miller Racing will make its race debut in an Audi R8 LMS but is no stranger to the Audi brand. As owner of Audi of Parsippany in New Jersey, Paul Miller has been a great contributor to the success of selling and servicing Audi vehicles for many years. The team brings a wealth of experience to the campaign that includes the return of Bryce Miller, Paul Miller's son, who has shown very promising results and will look to expand upon those going forward. Matt Bell, Christopher Haase (Audi Sport customer racing driver) and Rene Rast (Audi Sport customer racing driver) will round out the team for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Photo credit: Audi

   Recent Articles
OAK TREE GRAND PRIX AT VIR. PORSCHE MOTORSPORTS PRE-EVENT NOTES

While the Porsche 919 Hybrid competes for overall victories at Le Mans and in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the likelihood of a GT Le Mans (GTLM) class entry of winning against the Prototype (P) class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is slim. However, for the first time this year, and in recent memory, the Porsche 911 RSR will have a chance at the overall race win when the Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR takes place on Sunday, August 24. The two-hour and 45-minute event marks the fi....
MAZDA RACER LIAM DWYER READY TO RACE AGAIN

U.S. Marine Staff Sargent Seeking To Repeat Lime Rock Win

August 19, 2014 (IRVINE, Calif.) – When Hollywood scripts a racing movie, they tend to go overboard. Having an injured U.S. Marine Staff Sargent winning a professional race, in only his second start, just miles from where he grew up, on the third anniversary of his 'Alive Day', after 50 surgeries since that injury, on Memorial Day weekend. Who would believe that? Believe it, as that's exactly what happened to Liam Dwyer and h....
BMW TEAM RLL – OAK TREE GRAND PRIX AT VIR PREVIEW

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 19, 2014 . . . Up next for BMW Team RLL is the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round at Virginia International Raceway, in Alton, Virginia, on August 24th – Round 9 of the 11-race 2014 season. The weekend will feature Grand Touring cars in a 2.75-hour standalone race for GTLM and GTD competitors at the venerable 3.27-mile, 17-turn permanent road course.

BMW Team RLL has raced twice before at VIR, in the 2012 and 2013 American Le Mans Series seasons, wit....
SEBASTIEN BUEMI TOPS FINAL FORMULA E TEST AT DONINGTON PARK

• e.dams-Renault driver leads the way ahead of season opener in Beijing


DONINGTON PARK, UK (August 19 2014) – Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) set the fastest time on the final day of pre-season testing at Donington Park ahead of the opening round of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship in Beijing on September 13.

The Swiss driver set a lap of 1:31.792s to top the timesheets over three-tenths clear of his team-mate Nicolas Prost, during a day where the 10 teams focused....
FIVE AUDI RS 5 DTM CARS IN THE TOP SIX

◾Strong qualifying performance at the Nürburgring
◾Edoardo Mortara in position two
◾All three Audi teams on the first two rows of the grid

Ingolstadt/Nürburg, August 16, 2014 – Audi has regained its typical strength in the DTM qualifying session at the Nürburgring. In difficult conditions, five Audi RS 5 DTM cars made it into the top six.

Following an unusually difficult time which the Audi drivers most recently experienced in the battle for the best grid positions at the Red Bull Rin....
DOUBLE PODIUM FOR AUDI

◾ Positions two and three in DTM race at the Nürburgring
◾Mike Rockenfeller and Edoardo Mortara on podium
◾Four Audi RS 5 DTM cars retired after collisions

Ingolstadt/Nürburg, August 17, 2014 – A double podium for Audi in the DTM: At the Nürburgring, Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) and Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) in front of 80,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) clinched positions two and three.

The seventh DTM race of the year was decided ....
A TIMELESS ENDEAVOUR : Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

There are many elements that contribute to the mystique of vintage motor racing, but famous names of drivers from the past transcend all else. At today's Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Sir Stirling Moss, one of the sport's greatest drivers and most recognizable names, made a stir as an honored guest. Indeed, his presence was no less regarded than that of a famous movie star, and after the knighted driver bantered at a lunch break 'picnic' for the attending public's pleasure with the recent....
2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car
2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car  2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car  2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car  2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car  2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car  
2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept
2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  2015 Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro Concept  
2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro
2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro  2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro  2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro  2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro  2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro  
2014 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept
2014 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept  2014 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept  2014 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept  2014 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept  2014 Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept  
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R  2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R  2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R  
2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R  2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R  2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R  2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R  2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R  
2014 Dodge SRT Viper GT3-R
2014 Dodge SRT Viper GT3-R  2014 Dodge SRT Viper GT3-R  2014 Dodge SRT Viper GT3-R  2014 Dodge SRT Viper GT3-R  
2014 Kia GT4 Stinger Concept
2014 Kia GT4 Stinger Concept  2014 Kia GT4 Stinger Concept  2014 Kia GT4 Stinger Concept  2014 Kia GT4 Stinger Concept  2014 Kia GT4 Stinger Concept  
2014 Mazda 2
2014 Mazda 2  2014 Mazda 2  2014 Mazda 2  2014 Mazda 2  2014 Mazda 2  
2014 Mazda 6
2014 Mazda 6  2014 Mazda 6  2014 Mazda 6  2014 Mazda 6  2014 Mazda 6