American Audi race fans were hugely disappointed when the German automaker announced at the end of 2008 that it would not be competing in the full 2009 American Le Mans Series season. This came as a particular blow since Audi has built an all new car for 2009, the R15 TDI. Instead, Audi planned to run the car only at the season opener at Sebring later this month and at Le Mans in June.
We now have an unconfirmed report that R15s will take to the track at least two more times this year. The R15 is now expected to appear at the last two ALMS races of 2009. The 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta typically draws a big field including Audi's arch-rival Peugeot. With the cars already in the U.S., it makes sense to hit the season finale at Laguna Seca as well.
With only three races on the schedule in ALMS, Audi obviously won't be a challenger for the full season Green Challenge championship, but it will be interesting to see how they fare when they do run.
[Source: Bleacher Report]