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    Acura Announces Three Teams For 2007 LMP2 Assault

    This is a copy from another forum...but thought it would gain some interest here. Road racing is drawing some serious cars and high profile teams...can the good old days of road racing be back?

    "Honda Performance Development Inc announced on Thursday their three world-class teams that will field Acura-powered LMP2 entries in the 2007 American Le Mans Series season. Highcroft Racing, Fernandez Racing and Andretti-Green Racing will be fielding LMP2 prototypes starting at the 55th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the opening round of the 2007 ALMS season.

    "Today's announcement is another big step forward for Acura's factory program and the American Le Mans Series," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series. "This collection of teams represents some of the most established and prestigious names in motorsports. The combination of three represents the best of both Acura and the American Le Mans Series.

    "The opportunity to bring teams like Andretti Green Racing and Fernandez Racing into the American Le Mans Series is something for which we are constantly striving," he said. "But in this case the credit belongs to Acura. The successes they have had in various forms of motorsports speak for themselves. And we could not be more proud to see Duncan Dayton and the entire Highcroft Racing organization embraced by the Acura factory program. We have no doubt that all three teams will be well-prepared for their debut at Sebring next year and for the entire 2007 season."

    The Andretti-Green Courage LC75 Acura will be sponsored by XM Satellite Radio, a backer already for the team in the IRL Indycar Series. Fernandez Racing's Lola B05/40 Acura will be backed by Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouses. Duncan Dayton's Highcroft organization, an already established entrant in the ALMS, will field a Courage LC75 Acura. Highcroft has been designated as the team that will work closest with HPD in chassis development while the Fernandez group will be the team most focused on ongoing engine development. All three teams will be on Michelin tires. Complete driver and sponsors lineups for all three teams will be announced in the near future with testing to begin in August.

    "We're thrilled to have teams the caliber of Highcroft, Fernandez and Andretti Green join us in our entry into American Le Mans Series competition," said Robert Clarke, president of Honda Performance Development. "Both the Andretti Green and Fernandez teams have been integral parts of our open-wheel racing programs, so it is entirely appropriate that we expand our relationships with them in our newest racing program.
    "While new to our 'family', Duncan Dayton's Highcroft organization is impressive and perfectly fits the needs of our new chassis development program," Clarke added. "A team that is young and with limited experience, but with aspirations of being a formidable team capable of competing against the best, Highcroft has expectations and goals that are in complete alignment with those of HPD. Acura faces a huge challenge with its entry into American Le Mans Series racing and we do not underestimate that challenge."
    Source: http://www.the-paddock.net/content/view/240381/1/

    Great pictures here:

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    Re: Acura Announces Three Teams For 2007 LMP2 Assault

    This is one of the most attractive LMP's I have ever seen...

    Re: Acura Announces Three Teams For 2007 LMP2 Assault

    This will really be fun to watch- Porsche V Acura.

    Re: Acura Announces Three Teams For 2007 LMP2 Assault

    Rahal is looking to come to LeMans racing also. Could be some fun in the years to come if many of the car companys bring their best.

    Re: Acura Announces Three Teams For 2007 LMP2 Assault

    It's great to see the interest in sports car racing again...can you imagine what the 2008 LeMans race could look like? The best in 30 years!

     
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