The Sebring TBAs are gradually (rather quickly now, actually)
being replaced by genuine drivers – and here’s the line-up
for the two Rand Racing LMP2 Lola B2K / 40s:
Mike Fitzgerald / James Gue / Bill Rand (right)
#8 Marino Franchitti / Derek Hill / Andy Lally.
provide the tyres for the two cars as well as engineering and development
we've assembled all the elements for a winning team," Bill
Rand commented. "We have an exceptional group of drivers, Yokohama
as our technical partner, and Thomas Blam as Team Manager and Jeff
Braun as Technical Director. We've had some past success in endurance
racing, and we're really looking forward to Sebring. We hope that's
our first step to Le Mans, and to the ALMS championship."
success” is a reference to Rand Racing sweeping up in SRP2
in the 2002 Grand Am Series. The link between that season and this
one, on the driver front, is Marino Franchitti. The Scot raced four
times for the team in 2002, taking one win and three seconds. Andy
Lally was a Rand rival that year: now the much admired American
joins the team.
won every race it entered in 2002 (nine out of ten): 2004 could
be a little tougher.
The likes of
Nic Jonsson, Terry Borcheller, Anthony Lazzaro and Ralf Kelleners
have moved on to other projects, leaving openings for the newcomers
to the team.
Rand Racing has also announced a driver development program: Colin
Braun, just 15 years old will serve as the team’s test driver.