Team Polizei 144 Racing to Make Sports Car Debut at Laguna Seca
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Petaluma, Calif., (April 27, 2009) - The renowned underground Team Polizei will make its professional racing debut in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Verizon Festival of Speed to be run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on May 17. Henri Richard and Rene Villeneuve will pilot the No. 63 Team Polizei 144/TRG Porsche GT3.

The Team Polizei 144 brand made famous by street racing legend, Alex Roy, who holds the unofficial driving record from New York to Los Angeles in a staggering 31 hours and four minutes, will compete in the Grand-Am GT class at Laguna Seca with a TRG prepared Porsche GT3. The car will feature the familiar Team Polizei 144 infamous German police car livery.

"I couldn't be more proud than to see Team Polizei enter the Grand-Am Rolex Series," Roy, Team Polizei's president said. "With Richard and Villeneuve at the helm, and TRG behind us, even I can't believe it."

"For me, racing in the Rolex Grand-Am Series is a natural progression towards my ultimate objective of being able to participate to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring," Richard said. "The Rolex Grand-Am series is truly the premiere road racing series in the US and provides a level of competitiveness that sets the bar and provides a perfect proving ground for endurance racing."

Teaming with Richard is Rene Villeneuve.

"I am very pleased to be racing in the Grand-Am Series," Villeneuve said. "It is the top of professional sports car racing. It is a perfect fit for Team Polizei Racing because it exemplifies fan involvement and the forward thinking needed to expand the demographics of sports car racing, which is exactly what Team Polizei Racing is all about. We also have TRG, the best team in Grand-Am, and that gives me confidence."

Both drivers are very familiar with the challenging 2.2-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit.

"Laguna Seca is my home track and my favorite track! I work there daily with the Skip Barber Racing School, so obviously I know the track very well," Villeneuve continued. "I love the elevation changes and blind corners. Everyone talks about the "Corkscrew" which is fantastic, but I have found that there are other more challenging corners that can be the difference between a good lap and a not so good lap! For me, it is just going to be a matter adapting what I know about the track to the Rolex GT car."
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