ALMS: Prospective 2008 Entry List

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by rabbitl1, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. Here's the prospective entry list for the 2008 edition of the American Le Mans Series. Many of the drivers are just assumed though. "The 3" means just Sebring, Peit Le Mans, and Laguna Seca.

    I'll update the list as more information becomes available

    1 Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI (McNish, Capello)
    2 Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI (Werner, Luhr)
    06 Team Cytosport Lola B06/10 AER (Pickett, Graf, Gidley)
    12 Autocon Motorsports Creation CA06/H (Lewis, McMurray, Willman)
    37 Intersport Racing Lola B06/10 ??? (J. Field, C. Field, Berry) - OR LMP2 - See below
    88 Creation Autosportif Creation CA07 AIM (Campbell-Walter, Ortiz) The 3

    6 Penske Motorsports Porsche RS Spyder (Maassen, Long, Briscoe)
    7 Penske Motorsports Porsche RS Spyder (Dumas, Bernhard, Collard)
    8 Mazdaspeed/B-K Motorsports Lola B07/46 MZR-R (Bach, Devlin, Matos)
    9 Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-01b V8 (Branham, Sharp)
    15 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b V8 (Fernandez, Diaz)
    16 Dyson Racing Team Porsche RS Spyder (Dyson/Smith)
    19 van der Stuer Racing Radical SR9 AER P07-E (van der Stuer, Pecorari)
    20 Dyson Racing Team Porsche RS Spyder (Leitzinger/Franchitti)
    26 Andretti Green Racing Acura ARX- 01b V8 (Herta, Fittipaldi, Kanaan)
    27 Lista/Horag Racing Porsche RS Spyder (Theys, Leinhard, Lammers) The 3
    32 Barazi Epsilon Zytek 07S/2 (Barazi, Vergers, TBA) Sebring Only

    3 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R (O'Connell, Magnussen, Fellows)
    4 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R (Gavin, Beretta, Papis)

    ?1 Barwell Motorsports AM V8 Vantage (Drayson, Cocker)
    18 Rahal Letterman Racing Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (Kelleners, Milner, Rahal)
    21 Panoz Team PTG Panoz Esperante GTLM (Auberlen, Hand, Kimber-Smith)
    28 LGM/Pro Long Tube Headers Riley/Corvette C6 (Gigliotti, TBA )
    44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (Pechnik, Neiman, Law)
    45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (van Overbeek, J. Bergmeister)
    46 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (Henzler, Pillet, TBA)
    48 Corsa Motorsports Ferrari F430 GT (Jeanette, Mowlem)
    53 Robertson Racing Ford GT (D. Robertson, A. Robertson, Murray)
    54 Team Trans Sport ??? (Pappas, Borcheller, TBA)
    61 Risi Competizione/Krohn Racing Ferrari F430 GT (TBA, TBA)
    62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT (Salo, Melo)
    71 Tafel Racing Ferrari F430 GT (Farnbacher, Mueller)
    73 Tafel Racing Ferrari F430 GT (Tafel, TBA)
    85 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (Keen, TBA)
    87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (Miller, D. Werner)


    XX Peugeot 908 HDi *** V-12 diesel (Gene, Minassian) Sebring/PLM
    XX Peugeot 908 HDi *** V-12 diesel (Lamy, Sarrazin ) Sebring/PLM

    XX Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-01b V-8 (Dayton, Kerr)
    XX ? BK ? 2nd Mazda MZR-R
    XX Rahal Letterman Racing Porsche RS Spyder
    XX Conzus Motorsports Porsche RS Spyder (TBA, TBA)
    99 CET Solaroli Motorsports Porsche RS Spyder (Lehto, Herbert)

    007 AMR DBR9 (TBA, TBA)
    009 AMR DBR9 (TBA, TBA)
    XX Unitech Racing Aston Martin DBR9 ??

    22 Panoz Team PTG Panoz Esperante GTLM (TBA)
    XX 2nd Team Trans Sport ??? (TBA, TBA)
    XX 3rd Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (TBA, TBA)
    XX Doran Kuttner Ford GT (TBA, TBA) Limited schedule
    XX 3rd Farnbacher Loles Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (TBA, TBA)
    XX ARC Bratislava (Konopka) Porsche 997 GT3 RSR (TBA, TBA) Sebring
  2. Pat Long was just announced as the replacement for Ryan Briscoe in the #6 Penske Porsche RS Spyder.
  3. There seems to be a lot of debate about Intersport. One sourced very much in the know, says they'll be sticking with their LMP1 AER powered car, and another source, generally very in the know thinks they'll go with the LMP2 coupe. What happens, only time will tell.
  4. the Astons don't under, what is the point of GT1?
  5. I would bet on Peugeot entering their cars in the LMS before the ALMS.
  6. GT1 should be exciting........ so many entries including Ferrari, Aston Martin,....... wait a minute <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/sad.gif"></A>
  7. Peugeot WILL be at Sebring, they've basically unofficially announced it, and it's expected they'll be at Petit Le Mans and possibly Laguna Seca as well. That should be the extent of the Pug's ALMS involvement.

    However with Audi now announcing that they'll have 2 R10s in the ALMS as well as 2 in the LMS, you can expect Peugeot will again run the full season in the LMS as well.
  8. The only reason any manufacturer ever races... marketing. Chevy sells TONS of Corvettes simply based on the fact that people see them racing. And those Corvette fans want and expect to see Corvette on the grid, so they'll be there again in 2008. They may not run every race, but they'll definitely be there.

    There have been rumblings about Prodrive bringing the Astons back over, but I'm not gonna get my hopes up. They've surely freed up some money, personnel, and have more time on their hands after withdrawing their F1 entry, but I'm sure they'll still come up with some reason why they'll only race if the Vettes are penalized and such, which IMSA isn't going to do...
  9. Ferraris haven't been competitive in probably 3 or 4 years, and Aston is having a hard time finding the grid on both sides of the pond. As of now, there is no one running Astons in the LMS for 2008 either.

    Larbre traded Astons for Saleens and it's expected that Team Modena is going to trade their Aston for a Murcielago R-GT. So from the looks of it, we'll have 4 or 5 running in the FIA-GT, but that's about it...
  10. Lou Giglotti revealed that Doug Peterson has decided back out and drive elsewhere for 2008, so for now, there will be only 1 LGM GT2 Corvette.

    Lou says he sees it as a bit of a "blessing in disguise" though as they'll really be able to focus on the developing 1 really good car as opposed to spending resources on a 2nd, which is quite ambitious for such a project.

    Kind of a bummer, but Lou and Bill Riley aren't messin around here and they'll surely put out a great race car.
  11. Is that your 3 rabbitl1?
  12. No, mine's blue, and not a Speed3. I'll be getting one of the 750 US-bound white Speed 3s soon though (hopefully...).

    I hope mine looks something similar to that one though.
  13. Corvette Racing to Compete in 12-Race American Le Mans Series in 2008

    Chevrolet Factory Team to Run Entire ALMS Schedule and 24 Hours of Le Mans

    DETROIT - Corvette Racing, the most successful team in the history of the American Le Mans Series, will compete in the GT1 class in all 12 events on the ALMS schedule in 2008. Chevrolet's two-car factory road racing team will also return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in pursuit of a sixth GT1 title in the world's most famous sports car race.

    "Corvette Racing was conceived as a long-term program to showcase the performance, technology, and value of Chevrolet's world-class sports car," said Mark Kent, director of GM Racing. "Since the team's competition debut in 1999, Corvette Racing's success in top-tier road racing has produced a strong return on our investment, paying dividends in marketing, engineering, technology transfer, personnel development and other areas of our business. Corvette is now a performance icon that's recognized around the world, and Corvette Racing's continued participation in the ALMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be an important element in the global celebration of GM's 100th anniversary in 2008."

    Corvette Racing has won seven consecutive GT1 manufacturers and team championships and six straight drivers championships in ALMS competition. The team holds the series' records for class victories (57) and 1-2 finishes (40).

    "Our decision to compete in all 12 rounds of the ALMS schedule in 2008 reflects our commitment to our sponsors, our suppliers, and to Corvette enthusiasts worldwide," said Steve Wesoloski, GM Racing Road Racing Group manager. "There is a reason why thousands of Corvette owners attend Corvette Corrals at ALMS events and why the autograph line at Corvette Racing is the longest in the ALMS paddock: Racing is an integral part of Corvette's history and heritage, and we are continuing that tradition.

    "Experience teaches us that motorsports is cyclical, and the GT1 category is currently in transition," Wesoloski observed. "Would we like to see more competition in GT1 in the ALMS? Absolutely! But in the absence of season-long competition, we are absolutely committed to controlling our own destiny. We are pushing hard to develop our chassis and powertrain, to refine our race strategy, and to continuously improve every element of the program. We know that the competition at Le Mans will be intense, and we will use the ALMS series to hone the race cars, the drivers, and the team to prepare for it."

    Corvette Racing will test two new Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars in February in preparation for the season-opening round of the ALMS series, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, on March 15, 2008.
  14. The Czech team XX ARC Bratislava has announced it'll be at Sebring with a Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
  15. It seems things be be shaking up a bit at Highcroft Racing for 2008. David Brabham claimed on a radio show last night that he would not be racing for them again in 08, and the new rumor is that Stefan Johansson won't be either.

    Scott Sharp and his $5 million in Patron sponsorship look to be coming to the ALMS though, and Autosport prints that he'll be joining Highcroft. If Stefan and Brabs are gone, I hope Marino Franchitti can get the other seat.

    It just seems odd to me that Brabs and Stefan wouldn't be with the team for 08. Both were having a blast and they had the best results over the whole year of all the Acura teams, but I guess we'll have to wait and see...
  16. Penske confirmed its drivers today for 2008. In the #6 will be Sascha Maassen and Patrick Long, with Ryan Briscoe coming in for Sebring. In the #7 will be Emanuelle Collard and Romain Dumas with Timo Bernard as the 3rd driver at Sebring.

    Seems kinda like Timo got screwed as him and Dumas won the championship together last season, and now he's been demoted to 3rd driver. It's the same deal for Briscoe, but he's taking over Sam Hornish's IRL seat, so he had to give his seat up. Perhaps Timo will find a seat somewhere in another Spyder for the full season.
  17. I hope Spyker gets enough cash together to keep their GT2 program going into 2008. Here's what I'd love to see on the ALMS grid next year:

    1. Aston Martin Racing (GT1/Full Season)
    2. Doran-Kuttner Racing (GT2) (At Least Sebring, Petit, Laguna Seca)
    3. Team Peugeot Total (LMP1) (At Least Sebring, Petit, Laguna Seca)
    4. That V8 Aston Martin (GT2/Full Season)
    5. Spyker Squadron (GT2/At least Sebring)
  18. 1. Could happen if Prodrive would quit being whiny #%[email protected], and with Prodrive's withdrawal from F1, that's gotta help their chances.
    2. Will likely run those 3 races, Robertsons will run the full season in their GTR though
    3. Had said they'll be at Sebring because they wanted to gauge themselves against Audi before Le Mans, but with Audi now running the full season in the LMS as well, who knows if they'll make the trip. I'd like to think they'll probably be there though.
    4. Barwell Aston GT2 program IS confirmed for the full season
    5. Spyker will lucky to be in business in a year... They've said they could do LMS and Le Mans if they can raise $2 million in sponsorship. But that'll be no easy task as the company is in the pits, and the race cars have never had any real success.
  19. LG is supposably gonna run only 1 C6 in GT2 now.
  20. Yep. Doug Peterson backed out.
  21. Dominik Farnbacher and Wolf Henzler have been confirmed as drivers for the #71 Tafel Racing Ferrari.
  22. Dodge has now announced that it will not be able to give teams factory support in running GT2 Vipers, as a result of workforce reductions in the wake of budgetary constraints. So cross off 1 entry for sure (Primtime Race Group) as well as 2-4 others that were considering the ALMS.

    So now we've lost 1 of the GT2 Corvettes, and at least 1 Viper. The silly season is starting to disappoint, as it does every year...
  23. It's been reported that Barazi Epsilon will be at Sebring with their LMP2 Zytek 07S/2.
  24. It's now being said that Trans Sport Racing will not be racing a Porsche next season. Their new car is said to be "A brand new car and tire package unlike anything we�ve seen before in the ALMS is what we�ve been told. Possibly a Ford Mustang - or maybe the Aston Martin GT2?"
  25. Goodie! <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>

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