Rand Racing Returns With B2K / 40 Lolas
Bill Rand’s Rand Racing has just announced that, after a season out of racing in 2003, the team will contest a full 2004 ALMS programme, with its pair of AER Nissan-powered Lola B2K/40s - in the LMP2 class.

dailysportscar.comThe team will therefore resume racing at Sebring in March, and is aiming for an invitation to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

“We’ve been successful in endurance racing,” said team owner Bill Rand (right), “and our Daytona win (in 2002) made us think about Le Mans. That’s the most important race in the world, and we want to be there. The ALMS recently stated that ‘the Road to Le Mans Passes Through Sebring,’ so that’s where we’re going to start. We’ve combined the key elements of our old team with some outstanding drivers, and we’re anxious to get back on the track.”

Thomas Blam will carry out the role of Team Manager, with Jeff Braun as Technical Director. Drivers will be announced in the near future.

After an outstandingly successful 2002 SRPll season in Grand Am (nine wins), Rand Racing was rumoured to be racing in the ALMS last year, with an MG-Lola. The 2004 ACO regulations have provided the perfect scenario for the team to return to the tracks, using its existing cars.

Total prototype numbers in the 2004 ALMS are looking more encouraging by the week, and news later today should emphasise the importance of prototypes to the series.

 

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