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Champion Racing
Champion Racing
was a sports car racing team based in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA. Founded in 1994 by Dave Maraj, a former rally driver from Trinidad, as the motorsport wing of the Champion Motors car dealership, the team has campaigned various Porsches and Audis in North American road racing series. Champion Racing's extensive record includes a win at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans
in 2005, and 5 straight American Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Series
LMP1 championships, 2 as a private team and 3 as a factory team under the name Audi
Audi
Sport North America.

Contents

1 Porsche
Porsche
years 2 World Challenge GT with Audi 3 American Le Mans Series

3.1 2001–05 ( Audi
Audi
R8) 3.2 2006–08 ( Audi
Audi
R10)

4 External links 5 References

Porsche
Porsche
years[edit] Champion entered their first race at the 1993 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing 21st overall and 7th in the Invitational GT class with a Porsche
Porsche
911 Carrera 2 driven by Justin Bell, Mike Peters, and Oliver Kuttner. Mike Peters later stopped race driving and became team manager for the team. In 1994, they entered a 911 Turbo in several IMSA GT races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona
24 Hours of Daytona
and 12 Hours of Sebring. For the 1995 season, Champion partnered with Michael Colucci Racing (MCR), and the team moved up to a 2 car team with a pair of 911 GT2. Champion running the #72 car (964 chassis) and MCR running the #74 car (993 chassis). After an accident put them out a Daytona, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Bill Adam
Bill Adam
finished 2nd in the GTS-1 class at Sebring. They also collected class podiums at Watkins Glen and Sears Point in the #74 car. In 1995 the team adopted the livery of a white background with various streaks of colours that has since become indelibly associated with the team. In fact, this livery was used on all Champion Racing
Champion Racing
entered cars, except for the special Stars & Stripes variation, using the blue and read colors of the American flag only, as tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks. In 1996, Stuck and Adam won the GTS-1 class at Sebring with the #74, the first major win for Champion Racing. In 1997 Champion scaled back to a one car team, taking over the reins of the #74 Porsche
Porsche
with Stuck, Adam, and Thierry Boutsen
Thierry Boutsen
finishing 2nd in class at the 1997 Daytona 24 Hours. For 1998, Champion Racing
Champion Racing
purchased a Porsche
Porsche
911 GT1 Evo. The team ran a full season in the USRRC GT1 class, winning the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and finishing on the podium in 3 other races, winning the makes (Porsche) and drivers (Boutsen) championships. The team also competed in three PSCR races; Boutsen, Bob Wollek, and Andy Pilgrim finished 2nd in GT1 and 3rd overall at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Boutsen and Wollek won the GT1 class at Road Atlanta
Road Atlanta
in June (3rd overall), and Boutsen, Wollek and Ralf Kelleners won the GT1 class at the inaugural Petit Le Mans, finishing 3rd overall, earning an automatic entry to the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1999, Champion ran the GT1 in the new American Le Mans Series. Due to the regulations, however, they were forced to run in the Prototype class against theoretically faster cars. They scored their best result in the 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing 4th overall and in class. The team also raced a Porsche
Porsche
911 GT3-R in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 2nd in the GT class. With no place to run the GT1 in 2000, Champion changed cars to a Lola B2K/10 with a Porsche
Porsche
engine. The team entered only two ALMS races (Sebring and Sears Point) and failed to finish either one. They also entered the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, finishing 7th in class and 21st overall. The team spent most of the season developing the car, with the aim of a high finish at the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona.[1] Daytona 2001 started well; the team qualified 6th. However, a loss of oil pressure seven and a half hours in caused the car to retire. The team came back to finish 2nd in the Daytona finale at the end of the season. The team finally found some success with the Lola at the 2002 24 Hours of Daytona, finishing 4th. After the race, the team would abandon the project, however Oliver Kuttner's Pegasus Racing would run the car in the latter half of the season. World Challenge GT with Audi[edit] In 2000, Champion partnered with Audi
Audi
to develop and run the Audi
Audi
S4 Competition in the SCCA Speedvision World Challenge series' GT class. For their first season, the pair of cars would be driven by reigning Touring Car champion Michael Galati and Le Mans winner Derek Bell. Bell finished 9th in the opening round at Charlotte. Galati would take 2nd in the championship, winning at Las Vegas and taking two other podiums. In 2001, Galati won the GT drivers' championship, taking 4 wins, and Audi
Audi
won the manufacturers' championship by 1 point over Acura. In 2002, Galati would repeat as champion, with Bell 7th, and Audi
Audi
2nd in the manufacturers' standings. In 2003, Champion debuted the new Audi
Audi
RS6 Competition. Randy Pobst finished on the podium at the first five races of the season, and won the last two rounds to take the Drivers' championship, and the manufacturers' championship for Audi. American Le Mans Series[edit]

2005 Petit Le Mans

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Miller Motorsports Park

2001–05 ( Audi
Audi
R8)[edit] In 2001, Champion Racing
Champion Racing
bought an Audi
Audi
R8 for competition in the American Le Mans Series. The team finished 8 races of the 10 round season. The team claimed a third-place finish at both the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans
Petit Le Mans
as well as a second-place finish at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
round. The team finished 3rd in the LMP900 class championship.[1] For 2002, the team continued to compete with their Audi
Audi
R8 in the full American Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Series
season. Having claimed a second-place finish at both the 12 Hours of Sebring
12 Hours of Sebring
and Petit Le Mans
Petit Le Mans
the team finished the season 2nd in the LMP900 class championship, behind the factory Joest Audi
Audi
team.[2] 2003 saw even more success for Champion Racing. After a second-place finish at the season opening 12 Hours of Sebring, the team went on to claim 4 overall victories including a win at Petit Le Mans. Champion Racing finished the season 2nd in the championship, only 7 points behind the factory Audi
Audi
team.[3] In 2004, all the teams hard work paid off. With the absence of the factory Audi
Audi
and Panoz teams, Dyson Racing
Dyson Racing
became the team's main rival. After a second-place finish at the season opening 12 Hours of Sebring, the team claimed 7 overall victories and claimed the LMP1 team and drivers championship.[4][5] For 2005, the team campaigned the American Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Series
with its Audi
Audi
R8 for the 5th straight year. Despite fierce competition from the Dyson Racing
Dyson Racing
team, an overall victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring
12 Hours of Sebring
led to another 6 victories for the Champion Racing
Champion Racing
team. At the end of the season, the team claimed its second LMP1 team and drivers title.[6][7] 2006–08 ( Audi
Audi
R10)[edit] In 2006, Champion Racing
Champion Racing
earned factory support from Audi
Audi
and took over the Audi
Audi
Sport North America title from Joest Racing. The team started the season with an overall victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring with the brand new Audi
Audi
R10 TDI. With the new car needing more testing and development, the team returned to the Audi
Audi
R8 for 3 races. The R10 returned to competition at Lime Rock Park. The team claim overall victories at 9 of the 10 races comfortably giving the team the LMP1 team and drivers championship titles.[8][9] 2007 saw the Porsche
Porsche
and Acura
Acura
LMP2 cars became the teams biggest challenge. Rule changes by the ACO made LMP2 cars the ability to compete for overall victories, particularly at the smaller, tighter tracks on the ALMS schedule. Despite claiming 12 straight class victories, the Penske Racing
Penske Racing
Porsche
Porsche
RS Spyders were able to beat the Audi
Audi
R10s 8 times for overall victory. By the end of the season, the team claimed the LMP1 team and drivers championship titles.[10][11] In 2008, Champion Racing
Champion Racing
fought back against the competition of the LMP2 cars. Despite losing out on a victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the team claimed 10 class victories as well as 7 overall victories in the 11 race season. At the end of the season, Champion Racing
Champion Racing
claimed their 5th straight LMP1 team and drivers championship title.[12][13] External links[edit]

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References[edit]

^ 2001 ALMS Team Championship Results 2001 ^ 2002 ALMS Team Championship Results 2002 ^ 2003 ALMS Team Championship Results 2003 ^ 2004 ALMS Team Championship Results 2004 ^ 2004 ALMS Drivers Championship Results 2004 ^ 2005 ALMS Team Championship Results 2005 ^ 2005 ALMS Drivers Championship Results 2005 ^ 2006 ALMS Team Championship Results 2006 ^ 2006 ALMS Drivers Championship Results[permanent dead link] 2006 ^ 2007 ALMS Team Championship Results 2007 ^ 2007 ALMS Drivers Championship Results 2007 ^ 2008 ALMS Team Championship Results 2008 ^ 2008 ALMS Drivers Championship Results[permane

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