Petersen/White Lightning To Enter Dakar In 2007
Petersen Motorsports / White Lightning Racing today announces that
the team will enter the Dakar Rally in January, with a T1.1 Class
returns to his off-road roots to drive the machine, while Dale White
is described as the programme manager, but he’ll also drive
a T5 Class truck, one of the team’s chase vehicles.
Petersen / White
Lightning joins a substantial list of sportscar / endurance types
who have taken up this challenge. Jacky Ickx, Jean Louis Schlesser
and Luc Alphand are all previous winners in the car category while
Henri Pescarolo is another racing legend who has been drawn to the
desert event regularly in the past. Even the 1998 British GT Champion
Kurt Luby has had a crack, in his case though it was an outing in
the motorcycle event two years ago.
The Las Vegas-based team has conquered just about
everything in GT racing - Le Mans (’03 & ’04), the
Baja 500 and Baja 1,000 overall (’95-‘97), Daytona (‘01),
Sebring (‘05) and Petit Le Mans (’05 & ‘06).
the team’s first crack at the Dakar, they’ll be working
with Philippe Gache’s Team SMG and Darren Skilton of Baja
Automotive Adventures. The programme will move in-house in 2008,
with Dale White then overseeing every aspect of the project, from
the team’s base in Las Vegas. Baja Automotive is already constructing
a pair of buggies for the team’s 2008 attempt at the Dakar.
driving partner in January will be Englishman Matthew Stevenson,
who has ample experience in this event. The team will be testing
the 2007 entry at the end of this month, in Morocco. The event starts
on January 6, in Lisbon.