Chester, 1 May 2013 – British sports car racing driver Andy Meyrick will return to the USA next weekend (11/12 May) for the third round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the American Le Mans Monterey at Laguna Seca, California, where he will continue his championship campaign with DeltaWing Racing.
The DeltaWing rose to fame last year when its revolutionary design and distinctive appearance captured the imagination of racing fans around the world. Now with a new 345bhp Elan engine nestled within the super-light weight structure, the car is competing in the ALMS with Andy behind the wheel.
The four-hour American Le Mans Monterey takes place on the world-famous Laguna Seca circuit, of which Andy has fond memories: “Last time I was at Laguna Seca was in 2010 with Dyson Racing when we finished on the podium. Obviously, our aspirations for this race are more modest than that. We head to Monterey with the aim of finishing the race, gathering lots of data and showing the potential that the car has to offer.
“So far, it has impressed me. Although the car ran last year, it has since had a new engine and tyre supplier in Bridgestone, so this is essentially another testing and development phase for the car. The potential is great and I’m excited to be part of such an ambitious project, which I think will see us getting impressive results before the end of the year.”
Andy’s week in the States starts with a test session at Buttonwillow Raceway in California where he’ll join his new team-mate for the race, Katherine Legge (GB). Legge was announced as the second driver in the all-British line up last month and has since spent time getting to understand the DeltaWing.
“Katherine has been in contact over the phone in the past few weeks, which has enabled me to pass some of my knowledge of the car over to her ahead of the race,” Andy explains. “I’ve not met her yet but I’ve heard from the team that she’s doing a great job so far. I’m looking forward to racing with her next week.”
The American Le Mans Monterey weekend gets underway on Friday 10 May with qualifying at 17.40 local time. The four-hour race starts at 15.30 local time on Saturday 11 May.
Follow Andy’s progress throughout the 2013 season on his website www.andymeyrick.com/news and on his Twitter feed using @andymeyrick.