Saturday, January 13, 2007
New Driver for Highcroft Racing...new Acura too!
DANBURY, Conn.- Highcroft Racing owner/driver Duncan Dayton made it official today and announced that Stefan Johansson will join David Brabham and him on the driver roster for the team's new Acura Courage entry in the LMP2 division of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for 2007.
Johansson has been successful in Formula One, champ car and endurance sports car racing. He won the 12 Hours of Sebring twice (1984 and 1997), and he was also victorious at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1997).
The 50-year-old driver from Vaxjo, Sweden who currently lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif. has driven for some of the top factory efforts, including Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and Audi.
Johansson reached the F1 ranks in 1980 and drove in the World Championship for 11 years, competing in 103 F1 events. He switched to CART champ cars in 1992, running primarily with Bettenhausen Motorsports. He was immediately impressive, winning the series' Rookie of the Year Award that season. He has three Indy 500 starts (1993, 1994 and 1995) prior to the IRL's first race in 1996.
News and photos courtesy of Restart Communications