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Two Cars And Michelin Rubber For Robertson Racing

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After debuting as a two car team at last year's Petit Le Mans Robertson Racing are to run two Ford GTs for the full season in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

Andrea and David Robertson will drive the no.40 – the team's traditional entrant in the championship, with David Murry and Anthony Lazzaro leading the campaign of the no.4 car. Murry is another long-standing member of the team, Lazzaro – a former Indycar and NASCAR driver – only made his first appearance for the team at Petit Le Mans last October.

The team have also submitted two entries for the Le Mans 24 Hours, which if accepted would give the team its debut at the famous endurance race – held this year on June 11-12.

Robertson Racing have joined forces with Michelin for the 2011 season – replacing Dunlop as the team's tyre supplier. The French company is the most successful tyre supplier in the ALMS, helping team take 33 class titles and over 100 wins since the series began in 1999,

The team tested for the first time on the new rubber at Sebring last week (February 1-2) and will return to the venue for the ALMS winter test on February 9-10 before beginning the ALMS season with the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 16-19.

“2011 promises to be the most exciting season in Robertson Racing's history,” says team manager Andrew Smith. “Having Michelin onboard is a real coup considering their phenomenal success in GT and sportscar racing around the world, and naturally we can't wait to start developing the partnership.”

“The team has moved forward and progressed a great deal over the last 12 months thanks to our successful expansion into a two-car operation and pending application to race at Le Mans. In a category dominated by manufacturers, I think we can be proud of what we've achieved so far. I'm sure this is just the beginning.”

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