Two Bergmeisters & A Jönsson At P-WL
Team owner Michael Petersen announced today that Peter Motorsports
/ White Lightning Porsche will be raced at Sebring next month by
team regular Jörg Bergmeister, his brother Tim Bergmeister
and 2003 Petersen / White Lightning Sebring pilot Nic Jönsson.
2005 Petersen / White Lightning driver Pat Long
is racing a Penske Porsche RS Spyder in the Mobil 1 12 Hours.
The team will
be attempting to continue its Sebring record of second in class
in 2003 (Mowlem, Jönsson and Stanton), third in 2004 (Stanton
and Murry) and first in 2005 (Bergmeister, Long and Luhr).
Bergmeister brothers (right) raced together in the Nurburgring 24
Hours in 1999, finishing third in class. Tim Bergmeister, the elder
brother, will be making his ALMS debut next month. He has been racing
in the Porsche Supercup, finishing third in the points in 2004 and
Continuing the ‘brothers connection’,
Nic Jönsson’s brother is the chief mechanic for the Penske
IndyCar programme - while his father was Ronnie Peterson’s
The #31 Porsche entry will be a brand new example
of the RSR model. The full-season driver line-up will be announced
in due course.
“Hopefully we can start it out strong with
a good finish,” says Michael Petersen. “It has been
a short off-season and soon we will have some more exciting news
in regards to the rest of the 2006 season and beyond for the future!”
“I think it is a great opportunity for my
brother to drive with Petersen / White Lightning,” says the
younger Bergmeister. “Most important, he knows that if he
hurts the car he has to deal with me. Having Nic in the car is also
really great because I know him as a teammate in another series.”
These two drove for the Krohn / TRG team in Grand
Am last year, and are together again in 2006 in that series.
For the first time ever, a Mike Petersen entry will
not feature the Westward Ho Casino as part of its livery: the casino
was sold last November, has been demolished, and is in the process
of being replaced.
opportunities are business opportunities and this is something that
just made sense for the Westward Ho,” said Petersen. “We’re
all looking forward to moving on while remembering the successful
past we had together.”