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Dallas, Febuary 26, 2001

When the season-opening round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at the Texas Motorsport Speedway kicks off the new motorsport year for Audi on 4 March, the squad faces a tough challenge which is to defend the Le Mans and ALMS titles. In the first round, the teams Frank Biela / Emanuele Pirro and Rinaldo Capello / Tom Kristensen will go for points. “We will not rest on our successes and will give everything to defend our titles”, says Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Sport.

With the new season, last year’s best sportscar which scored a triple success at Le Mans and clinched all ALMS titles, receives a new name. Due to the intensified partnership with hi-tech specialist Infineon Technologies AG, with immediate effect the racing sportscar is now dubbed the "Infineon Audi R8".

Two further developed cars, featuring several technical modifications under the unchanged body, will compete at Texas. “Standing still in motorsport means taking a step backwards”, declares Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “Therefore we’ve improved many important details on the R8.” In the pre-practice at Le Mans on 6 May, the 2001 spec will be completed with optimized aerodynamics.

In the 2001 season, the two Infineon Audi R8s will compete with the start numbers one and two. “You can only earn the start number of the title defender by working extremely hard and so we are proud to be carrying it this year”, says Dr Ullrich.

The Audi drivers’ memories of the 2.32 mile circuit, which consists of a high speed oval and a narrow infield, could not be better: Last year Audi celebrated a superior double success under extremely hot conditions with more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This time the drivers can expect more comfortable conditions: Weathermen forecast spring like weather with less than 70F.

To ensure that the Audi drivers can cope with the strains of the forthcoming motorsport season, Team doctor Dr. Christian John organised an intensive fitness training in St Moritz, Switzerland, at the end of February. “The campaign was to work on staying power and fitness. It was also important that the drivers spent time together to further strengthen their team spirit”, says Dr. John. His opinion after six hard days in the snow: “Our boys are ready, the season can begin.”

Texas Motor Speedway Directions

Nearest airport
Dallas Fort Worth

Driving instructions From Dallas, Texas
There are a variety of routes from Dallas to Texas Motor Speedway. However, because of the volume of traffic associated with most major races at the facility, the following route is recommended:
North from Dallas on Interstate 35E to Denton, TX. At the junction of I35E and I35W, head back south on Interstate 35W. Exit right on SH 114 to the speedway.

Driving Instructions From Fort Worth, Texas
Take Interstate 35W north from Fort Worth. Exit on SH 114 and turn under the overpass to the speedway.

Alt.-
Take Interstate 35W to U.S. 287 North. Left on U.S. 287 to FM 156. Right on FM 156 to SH 114. Right on SH 114 to the speedway.

LMP 900

1

Rinaldo Capello Tom Kristensen Audi R8

2

Frank Biela Emanuele Pirro Audi R8

8

Scott Schubot Rick Sutherland Lola B2K/10 / Ford

38

Dorsey Schroeder Andy Wallace Audi R8

49

Jay Cochran TBA Panoz

50

Jan Magnussen David Brabham Panoz

51

Klaus Graf Gualter Salles Panoz


LMP 675

11

Mel Hawkins Steven Knight Lola B2K/40 / Nissan

77

Wayne Jackson Gunnar Jeannette Lola B2K/40 / Porsche


GTS

3

Ron Fellows Johnny O'Connell Chevrolet Corvette C5-R

4

Andy Pilgrim Kelly Collins Chevrolet Corvette C5-R

44

Tom Weickardt Joe Ellis Dodge Viper GTS-R

45

Erik Messley Neil Hanneman Dodge Viper GTS-R


GT

6

Boris Said Hans Stuck BMW E46 M3

10

Bill Auberlen Niclas Jönsson BMW E46 M3

12

Shane Lewis Vic Rice Callaway C-12 R

17

Owen Trinkler Jeff Altenburg Chevrolet Corvette C5-R

22

Randy Pobst Christian Menzel Porsche 911 GT3-RS

23

Lucas Luhr Sascha Maassen Porsche 911 GT3-RS

30

Michael Petersen Bob Wollek Porsche 911 GT3 RS

42

J.J. Lehto Jörg Müller BMW E46 M3

52

Tony Burgess Stefano Buttiero Porsche 911 GT3 RS

98

Rick Polk Cort Wagner Porsche 911 GT3 RS

99

Christophe Bouchut Anthony Lazzaro Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Speed Vision
Click to Listen !!!  Radio Le Mans Web broadcast schedule - tba
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Radio Le Mans

 WebSaturday, 3 March
15.30 - 17.00 qualifying

Sunday, 4 March
12.30 - 15.30 the race

Televised on


SpeedVision - Airing
Sunday, 4 March
14:00


Fox Net - TBA

Texas Motor Speedway Track Map
Dr. Wolfgang Ulrich, Head of Audi Sport


Name

Infineon Audi R8

Vehicle type

Le Mans Prototype (LM-P)

Monocoque

Carbon fibrer, crash structure ACO and FIA approved, CFC rollbars front and rear,

carbon fibre body

Engine

V8, turbo charged, 90 degree cylinder angle, 4 valves per cylinder,

2 Garrett turbo chargers, to comply with the rules 2 x 32.4 mm air restrictors

and boost pressure restriction to 1.67 bars absolute

Engine management

Bosch MS 2.9

Engine lubrification

Dry sump, Shell Racing Oil SR

Displacement

3600 ccm

Output

610 bhp

Torque

700 Nm

Power transmission

Rear wheel drive

Clutch

CFC clutch

Gearbox

Sequential 6-speed sports gearbox, partner Ricardo

Differential

Multiple-disc limited-slip differential

Driveshafts

Constant-velocity plunging tripod joint

Steering

Servo-assisted rack-and-pinion steering

Suspension

Independent suspension at front and rear. Double-wishbone suspension.

Pushroad system with horizontal spring/damper unit, adjustable gas-filled

shock absorbers

Brakes

hydraulic dual-circuit brake system, monobloc light-alloy brake callipers,

ventilated carbon fibre brake discs at front and rear, brake balance adjustable

by driver

Rims

O.Z. forged magnesium rims, Front: 13,5 x 18 inches, Rear: 14,5 x 18 inches

Tyres

Michelin Radial, Front: 33/65-18, Rear: 36/71-18

Length

4650 mm

Width

2000 mm

Height

1080 mm

Minimum weight

900 kgs

Tank capacity

90 litres
Start - of the season on the Texas Motor Speedway

Friday, 2 March

Test Day
13:15 - 13:45 - GTS/GT
13:45 - 14:45 - LMP 900/LMP 675/GTS/GT
14:45 - 15:15 - LMP 900/LMP 675

Saturday, 3 March

08:45 - 09:45 - free practice
12:30 - 13:30 - free practice
16:10 - 16:30 - qualifying

Sunday, 4 March
09:05 - 09:35 - warm-up
13:00 - start

All times are local times

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