Konrad For ALMS?
Franz Konrad's team may again be the principle challenge to Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series in 2006 – as it was back in 2001-2. According to our source, the Konrad team will comprise two Saleen S7Rs, one from Franz himself, and the second, though it will be operated within the Konrad team, will be an entry from Tom Weickardt, who has participated in the ALMS for many years with his Viper. This approach of operating with a partner, within a two car team, is one that Tom told dsc during the past season he would prefer, even though it cannot be said to have been successful for him in two previous instances.

Konard Motorsport’s GTS victory at Sebring in 2001 remains as one of the great achievements (and upsets) in this class. Franz Konrad has concentrated on the FIA GT Championship (and LMES, in 2004) since 2003.

We are also advised that the GT2 F430 Ferraris seem very much certain for this year, but that assumptions that there would be a Maserati MC12 in the series may in the end be wrong. Dick Barbour was seen in Detroit this week, ostensibly to talk with Aston Martin officials, but there remains no reason to believe that his fund raising has gone from zero to five-million in just three weeks. All that means is that for now the only confirmed ALMS entries are the two Corvette C6.Rs.


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