Stevenson Motorsports Set to Finish Out Debut Season With Audi at Petit Le Mans

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PETIT LE MANS AT ROAD ATLANTA: For the final round of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, the series heads to Road Atlanta, a 2.54-mile road course nestled just north of Braselton, Georgia, a stone’s throw away from downtown Atlanta.

RACE LENGTH: The final race also marks the final round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, with a 10-hour endurance event to wrap up the season.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
Saturday – Qualifying: 3:25 PM – 5:00 PM ET IMSA.TV
Saturday – Race: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET on FS1
2:30 PM – 6:00 PM ET on FS2
Follow the entire race broadcast on the FOX Sports Go app

STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS DRIVER LINEUP:

No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS:
Andrew Davis + Robin Liddell + Mike Skeen

No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS:
Matt Bell + Lawson Aschenbach + Dion von Moltke

EXPERIENCE IS KEY: Stevenson Motorsports has had some big days at Road Atlanta, including a double win day in 2013 when the team won the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race with John Edwards and Matt Bell, and then went on to take a Rolex Series victory with Edwards and Robin Liddell later that day. The team also boasts two pole positions at the track as well as having secured its 2015 IMSA championship there last year.

Between the six drivers, the lineup brings 16 Petit Le Mans starts with two podiums for Liddell and Davis and a win by Liddell in 2004 with Intersport as well as a runner-up finish with Risi Competizione in 2013.

CHAMPIONSHIP INTENTIONS: Following a late-season surge and double podium performance at VIR and a top-10 in Austin, Stevenson Motorsports arrives in Atlanta ready to fight for the championship. In the team’s debut WeatherTech season with the new Audi R8 LMS machinery, the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports team enters the finale in third place in the GTD Championship fight, a mere two points shy of second. Fresh off of the squad’s 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championship title, the team is no stranger to the challenges and pressures of fighting for the crown.
Both Stevenson cars are also in contention to win the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

ROAD ATLANTA REWIND: Campaigning in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series last year, Stevenson Motorsports entered the final round leading the championship and continued their perfect season streak of finishing all race laps to win the team championship. With the No. 6 third in the WeatherTech Championship this weekend, the team looks for another big weekend in Atlanta.

WELCOME SKEEN AND VON MOTLKE: For the final endurance event of the season Stevenson Motorsports adds two IMSA veterans to the roster. Mike Skeen, who brings 18 IMSA starts dating back to GRAND-AM including one previous start at Petit Le Mans joins Davis and Liddell in the No. 6.

In the No. 9 car, Dion von Moltke joins Aschenbach and Bell. The Audi Ambassador brings an impressive resume of experience, specifically Audi expertise. He has four previous starts at Petit Le Mans, with a best finish of fourth in 2011.

A LOOK AT 2016 SO FAR: The Stevenson Motorsports team has continued to make remarkable progress through the year after debuting its new Audi R8 LMS platform at the Daytona season-opener. The No. 6 of Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell has scored three consecutive front row starting positions as well as three podium finishes in the previous three races. The No. 9 Audi R8 LMS has also shown strong form with Matt Bell and Lawson Aschenbach starting second and third in the previous two races and finishing a season-best third at VIRginia International Raceway.

DOUBLE WEEKEND FOR ASCHENBACH AT COTA: Round 10 of competition proved a busy weekend for Stevenson Motorsports season driver Aschenbach. Driving full-time in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge in one weekend, he qualified and drove the first stint for Stevenson Motorsports in the Lone Star Le Mans in Texas, and then handed the No. 9 Audi over to Bell as he hopped on a private jet to make it to Sonoma Raceway in time to take the green flag for Round 16 of Pirelli World Challenge competition. Despite starting in the back of the field after missing qualifying while racing at COTA, Aschenbach made Sonoma a double top-10 weekend as he scored seventh in Round 16 and sixth in Round 17, maintaining his second place position in the hunt for the championship.

TOP-10 FOR STEVENSON MOTORSPORTS AT COTA: The storyline of the weekend at Circuit of the Americas was the heat as Stevenson Motorsports fought to beat the heat and maintain tires on a hot, slippery, track during the two hour and 40 minute afternoon race. After making improvements throughout the practice sessions, both Audi R8 LMS machines showed themselves strong in the race. The No. 6 brought home a ninth place result while the No. 9 finished 12th.

TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP: Aschenbach made the most of the short one-week break between racing action as he was selected to be the judge of the prestigious Team USA Scholarship. As a judge, Aschenbach participated in the intense racing scholarship program aimed at funding talented young American open-wheel drivers.

“I’ve known Jeremy Shaw (Founder of Team USA Scholarship) for a while now and even commentated races with him”, explained Aschenbach who once tested a Champ Car for Forsythe Racing. “I’ve also got a soft spot for open wheel racing due to my past and I feel it’s important that we continue to showcase young American talent in the sport. The minute he asked me to be a judge I jumped at the chance! It was a pleasure getting to know the candidates and they were all extremely impressive. I’d say the future of American open wheel racing is bright!”

DRIVER QUOTES:

Andrew Davis, No. 6 Audi R8 LMS: “Petit Le Mans is such a special race for me on a personal level. Ever since I was four years old I was hanging on the fences at Road Atalnata watching races and watching the Prototypes and the professional races so the fact that this is now actually my ninth running of the event is a real honor and it also just makes me smile because that little four year old kid would never have guessed about the career I have had. So I’m really looking forward to being at home, I always have a ton of family that come out to support and that is so nice.

“This is our first attempt with Stevenson Motorsports, now that we have stepped up into the WeatherTech series, we are excited to have our new Audi R8 LMS out there. I think the car is going to be great, we did some testing at Road Atlanta a few weeks ago and all of that went really well. I feel like we learned a lot and the engineering staff is really happy with what we learned. We have yet to win this season which is really unlike Stevenson Motorsports so I know with our last chance here Robin (Liddell) and I are going to push as hard as we can to make that happen and we are excited to welcome Mike Skeen as well. So I think we have a great lineup, we have the best team and our guys have worked so hard this year. We really want to win and will be doing our best to make John and Susan Stevenson proud!”

Robin Liddell, No. 6 Audi R8 LMS: “I raced at Petit from 2002-2006, winning in 2004 with Intersport in an LMP2 Lola, then I didn’t race there again until 2013 when I finished second with Risi in the Ferrari. I think the Audi will perform well there and I think we can win the race; obviously you need Lady Luck on your side but I really think we can win and that’s exactly what I intend to do! We have a great lineup with the addition of Skeen and this is our chance to finish on a high, so I will be giving it 100% and if we maximize our performance as a team I have no doubt we can achieve the win.”

Lawson Aschenbach, No. 9 Audi R8 LMS: “Petit Le Mans is one of the crown jewels of the season and a very important weekend for Stevenson Motorsports. It’s also one of the toughest races of the year, both physically and mentally. Our team and drivers will need to push from start to finish, so it’s more along the lines of a 10 hour sprint race! I think the Audi will be solid at Road Atlanta! We will be able to capitalize on our high downforce levels in the high speed corners and heavy brake zones. A car that is consistent will be key during each stint while the track is hot and you’ll be seeing some extremely fast times as we enter into the night for the finish.”

Matt Bell, No. 9 Audi R8 LMS: “I’m very excited to give another endurance race a try with the Stevenson Motorsports team. This group of people is built for the challenges presented in a 10-hour race and I really believe there is no better team for this type of race. The car is as fast as it has ever been for us, we’re more comfortable with it, the crew knows where to wrench and how to tune it; we’re pretty dialed in for the last race of our freshman year in the Audi R8 LMS. Atlanta should be okay for us. It is really a track that can suite a number of cars in our class as it is deceivingly diverse in the types of corners it has. That said, it is a track we, as a team, have tested at a lot in the years I’ve been with Stevenson, and we’ve recently completed a test with the Audi here, as well. If nothing else, we have data, we have a head start on setup, and we know what it takes to be fast at Road Atlanta. Our strategy will be great, as it always is, our driver lineup is strong with the addition of Mike Skeen and Dion von Moltke, and we have now had a full season to learn the nuances of this amazing race car. We will surely be strong contenders in this year’s Petit Le Mans.”

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