American Le Mans Series Winning is the Lone Goal for Green Hornet Racing at VIR

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    Portsmouth, NH (September 11, 2012) - As the penultimate round of The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, and the final “sprint race” to run four hours or less, Green Hornet Racing heads to this weekend’s VIR 240 with one goal: winning.

    Driving the no. 34 Fusion Trade Porsche GT3 Cup, drivers Peter LeSaffre and Damien Faulkner have had an eventful debut season for the first-year organization. Beginning with a podium at the famed 12 Hours of Sebring, followed by a victory at The Grand Prix of Long Beach in only their second race, the team has experienced everything from great success, to frustrating incidents, to an impressive series of podium statistics.

    To date, the team has one victory, six podium finishes, and four pole positions in only eight races. Heading to the scenic, 3.27-mile circuit in Alton, Virgina, Green Hornet will actually have one major advantage at this track: no one has raced here before. As a first year team, the organization has literally started every race weekend at circuits that all of their GT-Challenge (GTC) competitors have run at before. Despite the inherent deficit this creates, the experienced team of engineers and technicians have managed to put the car on pole for literally 50% of the races they’ve started. At Virginia International Raceway, however, the team will begin the weekend on equal footing with their competitors, with the only track experience coming from a preliminary test that took place in June. During that test, Green Hornet Racing driver Damien Faulkner ended the week quickest.

    “VIR has a really classic feel to it,” stated Team Owner and Driver Peter LeSaffre. “The track has a really long series of winding corners and elevation changes, and that always makes for very exciting racing. When we came here in June, we were instantly quick, so it will be nice to come in this week a little ahead of the game.”

    Despite holding 50% of the pole positions available this year, as well as earning podium spots in 75% of the races, the team has only seen victory lane once this year. Between a combination of incidents, off-setting strategies and simple bad luck, the team has yet to climb to the top step of the podium since the second round of the season.

    Knowing full well that the team is more than capable of victory, the team is committed to ending the year on a high.

    “We’ve honestly been capable of winning every race this year,” continued LeSaffre. “Everyone on the team has done a great job, we just need everything to come together, which I’m sure can happen for these final two rounds.”

    Practice begins on Thursday, September 13, with the race taking place on Saturday, September 16. Live streaming of the race can be found on at 2:15PM ET, or you can see the race on television the following day, September 17, on ESPN2 at 5PM ET.

    Having run a partial 2011 campaign in partnership with other organizations, Green Hornet Racing embarks on its first full season effort for the 2012 season, this year running an in-house campaign in the American Le Mans Series GT-C ranks. Coming off of a 2011 season that featured improved finishes at every race, capped off with the team's first podium at Laguna Seca, the team looks to 2012 as a new opportunity to perform at the top level of professional sportscar racing. Having assembled a top-flight team of experienced engineers and technicians, the crew behind this new organization have amassed a number of wins and championships, and combined with a strong driver line-up, the team will be a contender at every race.

    Full Team Reports and Information can be found at

    Green Hornet Racing

    American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón VIR 240


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