PORTLAND, OR. (July 23, 2004) - Team
ADT Champion Racing stayed on the west coast this week for the
second leg of the back-to-back American Le Mans Series races. After
a "text book" win last weekend at Infineon Raceway, the crew packed
up and headed north to continue their winning streak this weekend at
Portland International Raceway. The Grand Prix of Portland, July
23-25, marks the fifth race for the team on the nine race schedule.
The last time the American Le Mans Series
visited the 1.944-mile road racing circuit was in 2001.
Coincidentally that was also the last time Team ADT Champion driver
JJ Lehto raced here but at that time, JJ was piloting a BMW M3.
"I enjoyed racing here a few years ago but
now I'm anxious to compete here in the Audi R8," said Lehto. "The
straits on the front and backstretch are very fast and you can fly
through the "S's" if you don't get caught in traffic."
Portland International Raceway is a new
track for Lehto's teammate, Marco Werner, but given Werner's history
with new tracks, it shouldn't be a problem.
Team ADT Champion Racing (Pompano Beach,
FL) hopes to come away with this weekend with their fourth
The Portland Grand Prix gets the green flag
at 1 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, July 25. The SPEED Channel will feature
round five of the American Le Mans Series with a live telecast of
the Portland Grand Prix, live from Portland (Ore.) International
Raceway, Sunday, July 25, at 4 p.m. (EDT).
Marco Werner (Germany). "This is a
completely new track for me so I am excited to be here. I just wish
it wasn't so hot. I've been very happy with the car and the team and
of course JJ so I hope this weekend will be the same."
JJ Lehto (Finland). "This weekend is
going to be hot! I haven't driven here since 2001 (BMW M3) so I
really won't know what the track will be like until practice on
Friday. Our car has been really good lately so I'm sure it will be
good here too."