Interview and photos by David Haueter
Farnbacher-Loles Motorsports, burst onto the North American racing scene in 2005, fielding a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for 2004 Supercup Champion Wolf Henzler in World Challenge GT, and multiple cars in the new IMSA GT3 Cup series. We sat down with Racing Operations Manager Peter Goebel at the teams Danbury, Connecticut racing shop to talk about the team's origins, as well as their future in North American sportscar racing.
TheRaceSite.com: Tell me about your background with Porsche
Goebel: I started racing in the 1960's, driving Porsche 356's in the days when hillclimbs were popular. I was living in the Boston area, and after graduating from MIT, I bought a 356C. I went from there into Porsche Club Racing (PCA) and SCCA regionals and nationals, and stayed there all the way into the 1980's and '90's. Then in 1995 and 1996, I raced in the Daytona 24 Hour and the 12 Hours of Sebring. In the meantime, I was also driving in a lot of races in Europe in formula and touring cars, at places like Paul Ricard, Mugello, the Nürburgring and Hockenheim.
TheRaceSite.com: What are your responsibilities at Farnbacher-Loles Racing?
Goebel: I'm responsible for all the racing activity. I take care of all the logistics with our racing efforts, and make sure the drivers are taken care of. I know most of the tracks in the U.S., so I can give them quick feedback on what to expect.