VIDEO: First look at Acura's ALMS LMP2 racer
We just received word of this video clip showing the new Acura LMP2 ALMS racer. It was filmed at the racecar's unveiling during the 2006 Petit Le Mans. Besides showing off the car, Acura announced the drivers of the Lowe's car, Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz. The video shows the press conference cut in with images of the car. As we've previously reported, this car represents Acura's first foray into motorsports in the company's 20 year history and testing has already begun at Firebird International Raceway in Arizona. The Lowe's Fernandez team has fitted the brand new LM V8 engine into a Lola B05/40 chassis for the test by owner/driver Adrian Fernandez.
The racing debut of the three Acura ALMS teams will come at Sebring in March, with Andretti Green Racing and Highcroft Racing joining Lowe's/Fernandez. Highcroft will run an Acura-Courage LC75, as Honda develops its own chassis for the 2008 season. Andretti Green is also running a Courage, with XM Satellite Radio sponsorship carrying over from their IRL effort. Highcroft Racing is the only one of the three teams currently running in the ALMS, competing in LMP1 with its Lola EX257-AER.
The car looks pretty impressive, but with Porsche being so strong this year in LMP2, it will take a lot of work for Acura to establish itself as a contender. ALMS seems to be getting more attention, as it deserves and it will hopefully continue to grow, attract sponsors and fans. The rumors of a possible Mario/Michael/Marco Andretti driver lineup can only help towards that goal.