Previously, it was believed that the new Le Mans racer, the R15 TDi, was going to only make an appearance at the start of the ALMS season at the 12 Hours of Sebring this March. That race would provide Audi a shake-down and test session to get the car in perfect shape for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
However, thankfully, Audi’s chairman Rupert Stadler annouced that the R15 TDi’s will also be present later in 2009 at the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta and then later in the season at Laguna Seca, sliding down through the corkscrew. This announcement comes as big news as many thought Audi would withdrawl all factory cars from the ALMS this season due to the economy despite having absolutely dominated in many of the last 8 seasons since their entrance into ALMS in 2000.
This should be a big season for Audi in the American Le Mans Series and we hope to be able to provide you coverage of Audi and it’s eerily slient and lightning fast R15 diesel at some of these events.