STRONG SHOWING FROM PATRICK AT ALMS ELKHART LAKE!Elkhart Lake, WI (August 20, 2012) – Patrick Huisman has once again proven his worth to his Green Hornet Racing team by fighting for victory in the seventh round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) last weekend at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. On from the start of the four-hour lasting race, Green Hornet Racing immediately took control of things as a strong one-two lead emerged between Faulkner (car no. 34) and Huisman (car no. 33), while, both of them trading off for fastest laps.
Following a grueling four hours that challenged drivers, crew members, and strategists alike, Green Hornet Racing emerged from a challenging Road America Road Race Showcase to finish third. Once again entering two cars in an effort to bolster their fading championship chances, hopes were high for the no. 34 and no. 33 Green Hornet Racing Porsche GT3 Cup cars, who qualified second and third in the GT-Challenge (GTC) category for Saturday’s seventh round of The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
As a four-hour race at the scenic 4-mile, 14-turn road course, strategy would play a critical role in the outcome of the race, with multiple teams choosing to start the race with their lead drivers. When the green flag fell, a furious pace would ensue, with Green Hornet drivers Damien Faulkner (no. 34) and Patrick Huisman (no. 33) making immediate work of the field.
Unfortunately, as the field hit the one-hour mark, the nature of the race began to change as the field came under a full course caution for an incident with one of the Prototype Challenge (PC) vehicles. With both Faulkner and Huisman pitting to switch seats with their co-drivers, Peter LeSaffre (no. 34) and Brian Wong (no. 33), the struggles would start early for the no. 33 team.
As Wong exited the pits, a problem became immediately apparent as he struggled to get his car around the track. Choosing to take a very cautious lap around the track once he discovered a mechanical issue on the car, the Newport Beach, California native would eventually make his way back in to the pits, a mis-cue with the tires being the eventual diagnosis. By time Wong returned to the track and the field shook itself out, the no. 33 would find itself two laps down, unable to ever recover due to the furious pace of the race.
The no. 33 of Wong and Huisman would remain two laps behind after their early difficulties, eventually being credited with sixth.
The series will return to racing in just two weeks time, returning to the streets of Baltimore on Labor Day weekend. The Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT will take place on August 31 and September 1.
PATRICK HUISMAN: “This was a hard fought race, which simply didn’t come our way. After an impressive team effort in qualifying, me and Damien fought it out for the lead and fastest lap times, but unfortunately Brian Wong immediately endured some troubles after our pit stop. Even though the result is not staggering, we leave the track with our heads high, as we displayed a good pace and have all the reasons to look forward to another competitive outing next time around!”