PR1/MATHIASEN MOTORSPORTS SET FOR SEBRING DEBUT

Team tasks Richard, Dobson and Lewis for Sebring’s grueling 12-hour classic

After a highly successful 2010 debut season in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports will return for the 2011 season, once again competing in the LMPC category. Last year, the team’s all-new Oreca FLM09 arrived from France too late to compete in the season-opening Twelve Hours of Sebring, forcing the team to make their series debut at the second round of the season. This year, however, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports will be running a full season including the the opening race, the 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.

Featuring 17 turns across 3.7 miles, Sebring International Raceway is one of the United States’ oldest, and most world-renowned circuits. Infamous for its extremely bumpy track surface, the facility is a converted WWII US Army Air Force Base that was transformed for sports car racing after the war. Sebring hosted its first event in 1950 with the inaugural Twelve Hours of Sebring taking place in 1952. This year, the 12-hour event will also have the honor of hosting the first round of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Henri Richard, Ken Dobson, and Ryan Lewis will be driving the #52 Future Electronics/ Quest Software/ MOBOTIX/ Freescale Semiconductor/ Hewlett-Packard Company/ Synnex/ Corsa Car Care/ Silicon Tech Racing Oreca FLM09 for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports at the Spring endurance classic. Having competed in the GTC class in 2010, Richard, a native of France now living in Los Altos Hills, CA, is looking forward to driving a more powerful car at this year’s race.

“I am very excited with the perspective of being in a faster class after my first experience at Sebring,” Richard said. “It is a lot easier than being passed by everyone. Sebring is very physical but entertaining and it has a nice rhythm to it. There is nothing to dislike about it, except the for the bumps. I’ve been focusing on delivering a good result for the team first and foremost as PR1/Mathiasen has been truly outstanding. They are flexible, professional, disciplined and make a lot of efforts to really understand their driver’s mindset and capabilities. I know they’ll give us a quick and reliable car.”

Dobson, an accomplished GT veteran of Sonoma, CA, will be making his LMPC class debut with a deep respect for Sebring’s rich history.

“The Twelve Hours of Sebring is one of those races that everyone watches, and everyone wants to win,” Dobson explained. “When you look at all the guys that have competed there over the years, Andretti, Gurney, it really puts the whole event into perspective. That’s the good side, the bad side is that the concrete blocks are absolutely punishing. I’ve been focusing on my cardio and finishing my recovering from an injury I had a little while back, but after my successful test in the #52 at Buttonwillow, I feel more than ready to help get PR1/Mathiasen the result they deserve.”

Lewis, of Royston, Hertfordshire, England, will be making his third LMPC start for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports while racing on Sebring’s full layout for the first time.

“I’ve only tested the short course at Sebring in an Atlantic car, but that was more than enough to get an idea of just how rough that track is on drivers and equipment,” Lewis said. “I’m not that worried about it though. The guys at PR1/Mathiasen always give me a quick car, so we should be fine. After having done a few long distance races like this, I’m starting to get an idea of how the race will have to develop to ensure that you’re in a position to challenge for a podium at the end. I know that everyone on the team is preparing themselves for the unique challenges that Sebring will inflict upon us, and with a clean opening stint, good strategy, and smart driving, we should be right where we’ll need to be.”

PR1/Mathiasen Team Principal, Bobby Oergel, has his team ready for the Twelve Hours of Sebring’s brutal race pace.

“Sebring is unlike any other track in the ALMS,” Oergel said. “The concrete surface tests every component on the car, and really pushes them to their absolute limit. The car must be rugged enough to take that abuse, but it can’t be fortified to the point that you begin to weigh everything down as the pace at Sebring is like a 12-hour sprint race. Finding a balance between speed and reliability, and calling the correct strategy while utilizing all of our driver’s talent, will be essential. We’ve been preparing for Sebring even before the checkered flag flew at Petit last year, so I know we’ll be ready to deliver for our partners once again.”

The 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida is set for 1:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 19. The race will be shown live and in its entirety on ESPN3.com and americanlemans.com starting at 1:15 p.m. PT. ABC will provide coverage from 3:30 to 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, March 20.

Potential partners interested in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón LMPC program can contact the team directly at pr1motorsports@aol.com or at (559) 277-1300.

About Future Electronics:
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronic components distribution, recognized as one of the most respected and innovative companies in the industry. Headquartered in Montreal, and operating in 41 countries, Future Elecronics has earned an impressive reputation for the strength of its commercial and technical competencies, through all stages of the design production cycle, and for developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions. Globally integrated, Future Electronics has one worlwide IT infrastructure providing real time inventory availability and access, while enabling all integrations of operations, sales and marketing worlwide.

Future Electronics is pleased to introduce the most comprehensive, user friendly and informative web site in the industry. Visit FutureElectronics.com and enjoy shopping for all your component needs 24/7; American orders placed by midnight can be delivered the next morning. Future Electronics is ushering in a new era in online component selection at FutureElectronics.com, empowering engineers by providing domain expert information and advice, combined with vivid imagery and an extensive library of reference material. FutureElectronics.com boasts the most intuitive navigation engine built on top of the richest, most relevant product information in the industry today.

Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering/design capabilities and technical solutions, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, the company’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

About Quest Software:
Quest creates simple-to-use IT management software that saves time and money across virtual, physical, and cloud environments. Their award-winning products and time-saving services ease the toughest IT challenges for more than 100,000 customers worldwide. Customers need simpler ways to do powerful things. That’s what Quest has delivered since 1987.

The company is focused on technology innovation that delivers real value and cost savings, fast. Customers can rely on Quest to meet just about any IT management need with their breadth of smart, award-winning products and time-saving services. Whether customers are working with Windows, databases and applications, or in physical, virtual or cloud environments — customers are covered. Customers will be amazed how their innovative yet practical solutions will transform IT operations and boost staff productivity higher than ever imagined – and all from a solid company that’s been helping organizations large and small since 1987. See www.quest.com.

About MOBOTIX:
When MOBOTIX developed the first weatherproof web cam with digital image sensors and an integrated PC back in 1999, no one could ever have imagined the impact this would have on the future of video surveillance. The transmission of video streams over computer networks finally enabled video technology to depart from the restrictions of a TV standard which had applied for 60 years, bringing it in line with the megapixel image quality of modern-day digital cameras. MOBOTIX is the only network camera manufacturer to date that is capable of storing smooth high-resolution video streams with 1536 lines instead of the usual 288, including sound. The new technology isn’t just more powerful in all areas, it also has two decisive advantages: it is more cost-effective than traditional CCTV video technology and more multi-functional thanks to its integrated computer and network connection. Visit www.mobotix.com for more information.

About Freescale Semiconductor:
Freescale Semiconductor is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2007 sales of $5.7 billion (USD).

Freescale is the world’s No. 1 supplier of automotive semiconductors, with more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry. Freescale’s sensors, analog products and 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCU families provide intelligence and connectivity for advanced safety, body electronics, chassis, engine control, powertrain, driver information and telematics. See www.freescale.com.

About HP:
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly referred to as HP, is an American multinational information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA. The company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, and is now one of the world’s largest information technology companies, operating in nearly every country. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. HP markets its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution, consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers, software partners and major technology vendors. Visit www.hp.com for more.

About Silicon Tech Racing:
Silicon Tech Racing, LLC was created by Henri Richard to address the need of high-tech corporations for an opportunity to leverage exciting road racing events with a dedicated marketing platform focused on technology executives interested in an informal and intimate insight into the sport. Silicon Tech Racing brings together selected, C-level executives at each racing event and provides a high value, targeted business to business networking opportunity to our partners. The team’s partners are carefully selected based on ecosystem synergies and common business values. As a not for profit race team, the aim is to provide a unique, cost effective value proposition to our partners and a memorable experience to our guests. See www.silicontechracing.com for more.

About SYNNEX:
SYNNEX Corporation is a leading business process services company, servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in regions around the world. Synnex provides outsourcing services in IT distribution, contract assembly, logistics management and business process outsourcing.

SYNNEX distributes technology products from more than 100 world-leading IT OEM suppliers to more than 15,000 resellers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Their focused product categories include IT systems, peripherals, system components, software and networking products. Visit www.synnex.com for more.

About Corsa Car Care:
Corsa Car Care manufactures professional grade automotive detailing products including cleaners, polishes and protective sealants for exterior finishes, interior leathers & textiles, glass, vinyl and rubber applications. As a division of Miracle Sealants Company, Corsa Car Care draws on over 25 years of knowledge and experience in advanced polymer chemistry. For more details, visit corsacarcare.com.

About PR1 Motorsports:
In paddocks packed with excellent teams and quality drivers, PR1 Motorsports has established itself as one of the top driver development programs. Based in Fresno, CA, PR1 Motorsports occupies an expansive facility housing a stable of F2000 Zetec and professional sports cars. Team drivers enjoy the benefits of a completely professional program including engineering support, state-of-the art data acquisition, and a race winning experienced crew. PR1 Motorsports drivers, and partners, also enjoy first-class trackside hospitality and comprehensive marketing support.

PR1 Motorsports team information can be found at: www.PR1Motorsports.com.

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