Following a two-month summer break, the de Ferran Motorsports team will look to continue its winning run in the American Le Mans Series as the campaign resumes this weekend at Lime Rock Park.
The team heads into the event on the back of victories at Long Beach and Miller prior to the break, with Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud heading to Lime Rock looking to close the gap to Highcroft pair David Brabham and Scott Sharp in the championship standings.
"Although we have won the last two races, it almost feels like the start of a brand new season - hopefully, though we can pick up from where we left off in Utah," de Ferran said. "This really has been our first break since we first set up the team a little over a year a go as over the winter we were busy transferring from 2008's LMP2 programme to the current LMP1 programme. We have used the time to tidy up our processes, procedures and support equipment, which, hopefully, will further improve our performances on the race track.
"Even though Lime Rock is a permanent road course it's probably the tightest race track we go to. When you are in one of the faster prototypes such as the Acura, dealing with some of the slower traffic poses an enormous challenge and that's something that could very well determine the outcome of the race. It's certainly going to be an interesting, action-packed weekend."
Team-mate Pagenaud, who spent the summer break contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours with the Pescarolo team, admitted that Lime Rock would be a world away from the famed La Sarthe venue but said he was keen to get back to the job in hand of fighting for the title.
"It's going to be a very different race to Le Mans," he said. "Lime Rock is a very short lap with lots of slow, technical corners. It requires lots of focus. As Gil says, the key is to use the traffic to our advantage without taking too many risks. The team has been working hard during the break and I'm really looking forward to getting back into the Acura. We have the momentum and everything is looking good but it's never easy to keep winning, so we must keep on pushing."