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WATKINS GLEN, NY - August 4, 2009 - Only four races remain in the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season, starting with the Crown
Royal 200 at the Glen Friday Aug. 7 at the legendary Watkins Glen road course.

For Porsche factory drivers Timo Bernard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France), that
represents only four more chances to reach the top step of the podium and regain their championship winning ways in their #12 Verizon Wireless Penske Porsche Riley prototype.

For Leh Keen (Charleston, SC) and Dirk Werner (Germany), that's only four more potential stumbling blocks in their clear path to the Acxiom GT class driver and team titles. They'll share the #87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in quest of their fifth victory of the
season in defense of their comfortable 25-point lead in the GT championship standings.

The Crown Royal 200 at the Glen gets the green flag at 6:30 pm Friday, and will be aired on a same-day, tape delay basis on Speed TV starting at 8 pm ET Friday. Live timing and scoring, notes and results will be available on, with regular updates also posted on

"We are always hopeful, but for the Glen we are more than hopeful," Bernhard says. "We are anticipating doing well there again and moving up the podium. With its many fast corners and
its roller coaster characteristic, this circuit has everything that makes a race track difficult
and interesting."

Bernhard and Dumas had one of their best races earlier this season at Watkins Glen. They finished third in the Sahleen's Six Hours at the Glen June 6 on the 3.4-mile long course. This
time the sports car race will be only two hours in length and be run on the faster 2.45-mile, 11-turn short course they'll share with NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors.

"We both missed the test at Watkins Glen because we had to leave for Le Mans," Bernhard says, "but Ryan (Briscoe) gave us good information about the car. It was helpful to get his
opinion and from what we've learned since then, it gives us hope."

This has been a difficult season for Bernard and Dumas, who won two American Le Mans Series LMP2 championships together before coming to Grand-Am. Officially, they are rookies
in Grand-Am and consequently lead the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year chase with 198 points.
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