Audi Sport North America employs only the best drivers and crew. Dindo Capello definitely qualifies. The defending LMP1 co-champion in the American Le Mans Series and winner of the Italian "Golden Helmet" award (a highly-coveted prize given to the top driver in Italy) has a soft spot for Road America, site of this weekend’s Generac 500 and the eighth round of the 2007 season.
According to Capello, Road America is one of the most beautiful tracks in America. It has a little bit of everithing: long straights, fast corners, slow corners, uphill and downhill sections. Road America is a track where Audi R10, the diesel sport car, can show its true potential.
Capello won the Series’ first race at Road America in 2002 with Tom Kristensen, a 500-mile event. Last year saw Capello finish second with McNish behind fellow Audi mates Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela. Needless to say, he’s looking forward to Saturday’s four-hour race.
Road America is known as a fast, sweeping-turned course to which the powerful LMP1 cars, including the Audi R10 TDI, are well suited. After a recent string of overall victories by the less powerful but lighter and more nimble LMP2 entries, Capello and McNish are aiming for the top spot on the four-hour race’s overall podium.
To do so, the defending Series champions will have to knock off Pirro and Marco Werner, class winners at Mid-Ohio three weeks ago, along with other P1 entries from Intersport Racing, Autocon Motorsports and Team Cytosport, making its third start of 2007 with an AER-powered Lola. The LMP2 Porsches and Acuras could provide a challenge as well.
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Generac 500 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. The four-hour race is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 11.