Falken Tire readies for Alms Road America Race
As the 2013 American Le Mans Series season crosses the halfway point, Team Falken remains confident it will regain the momentum that has earned it three victories in the latter stages of the last two seasons.
With Road America slated for this weekend, the strong duo of Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler and his teammate, veteran driver Bryan Sellers, will have the Team Falken Porsche 911 GT3 RSR ready and well-prepped for the Orion Energy Systems 245.
“We’ve been working hard to get everything in order,” stated Team Falken Manager Derrick Walker. “From tire development to chassis improvements, we have left nothing unturned and expect a strong effort from our team for both qualifying and the race.”
The layout of Road America has earned the track its reputation as one of the most unique in North America. It’s a favorite among European drivers due to its length of 4.048 miles, which makes Elkhart Lake, as the facility is known among fans and the motorsports industry, the longest track of the ALMS season. Accordingly, high speeds on the long straightway and hard braking are customary throughout the race.
“Team Falken has the capacity to finish well at Road America and all subsequent races this season, especially Baltimore, where we’ve taken the checkered flag the last two years,” noted Nick Fousekis, Falken’s Director of Motorsports Marketing and Consumer Events. “We’ve earned two podium finishes thus far this year and know we can do more. Competition in the GT Class has always been extraordinary, so we’re mindful of what we need to develop to beat the other teams.”
“Road America always promises a lot of excitement and attracts a solid crowd,” added Bradley Lim, Falken’s Supervisor of ALMS Motorsports. “We anticipate a good number of Falken dealers and guests from around the region and know they will be wearing teal and blue to cheer on our team.”
Round 6 at Road America takes place August 9-11. Live qualifying will be on Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. ET via ESPN.com, and the race will be broadcast on Aug. 11 starting at 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC.