The Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing team is preparing for its sixth season of American Le Mans Series competition in 2004 after having a breakout year in 2003 with two big wins.

The team, which scored its first ALMS race win in 2004 when it took the GT class honours at Road America, also joined forces with Alex Job Racing to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The team recently moved into a new 6,000-square foot facility in Las Vegas that will be used to prepare the team's new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR as well as house Premiere Sports Car Service, a Porsche and German car repair and maintenance business. Both White Lightning Racing and Premiere Sports Car Service are owned by Petersen Motorsports team manager Dale White.

The car that the team used to win the Road America race as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans suffered severe damage in the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta but will return to duty as the team's backup car in 2004.

The car had a 10 G impact with the turn 12 wall just over an hour into the race, damaging the transmission casing, both halfshafts, suspension and brake components on all four corners, the steering, the subframe of the car and several body pieces. The primary frame of the car was undamaged, allowing a complete restoration.

The team is expected to announce its 2004 plans, including its driver lineup, before the first of the year.

 

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