• Oct 17, 2009

Lowe's Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Despite having a dominant year with a record-tying eight class wins in the LMP2 category, the Lowe's Fernandez Acura ARX-01b might not be back for the 2010 ALMS season. The Indianapolis-based race team, one of the three original announced by Acura back in 2006, has failed to secure a major sponsor for next year and will cancel its racing program if it fails to find one by the end of the month. As is often the case, however, misfortune can often lead to opportunity. England-based Strakka Racing has made plans to purchase the Acura ARX-01owned by Fernandez Racing and will compete with the car in the European Le Mans Series next year as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The deal has yet to be finalized, but Strakka has already informed the LMS organizers of its intentions and has signed British driver Danny Watts, who previously drove a Panoz Esperante GT-LM in the series. You can see the Fernandez Racing Acura ARX-01b in the high-res gallery below, which features the car during its class win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier this month.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      major international debut? cant wait
      • 5 Years Ago
      return of honda to le mans? sounds cool.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So far this NOT an official Acura/ Honda backed LeMans effort. This team will run the ex-Adrian Fernandez Acura P2 car & most likely LEASE Acura power plants for the ELMS season. Adrian might also be involved with this team in the longer enduros.
      gadvrules9000
      • 5 Years Ago
      Before they race, they should replace that head lamp there...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a shame because Adrian Fernandez is a great driver and the team are also.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hahaha that's so funny. Mexican racecar drivers FTW!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hondara No, i'm another mexican, but I would love to be to handle that Acura
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is that you Adrian Fernandez?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Acura has built one hell of a car. A petrol powered engine can keep up with the Diesel powered Audi
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not at Le Mans it can't...

        And this won't be a factory/factory supported effort in any way, so I wouldn't expect the same kind of performance we saw out of the cars in the ALMS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If only Le Mans had more corners and no straights! On top of that, the ACO's more stringent LMP2 regulations will guarantee that the Acura is nowhere near competitive with the lead Diesels.

        At least it will be one of the best-looking cars there!

        I hope this doesn't go through. Though I would love to watch the ARX-01b battle it out at Le Mans, I'd rather see Adrian Fernandez and his crack squad back here next year for another season
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shame that they can't find a sponsor (as of yet). Great team with allot of wins under its belt. I'm obviously unsure how much it cost to sponsor a team but couldn't they ask Acura if they could approach local Acura dealerships and see if they'd be willing to sponsor them when they are in that area? Have some livery on the side that says Acura Dealerships of America and on the front top of the nose have the local Acura dealerships logo on the top. I dunno tossing idea's out since I hate to see a team go under for something like no sponorship.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not when this car will compete in Europe & the ELMS. Why would Acura (or America) spend money outside of N/A??? Just askin'... not hatin'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Attempt to have Acura of Europe sponsor the team then? lol
        Again just a idea atleast in the states. Outside well they are on their own for idea's
        • 5 Years Ago
        Isn't Acura a US-only nameplate? I'm assuming that, if this deal goes through, all of the Acura badging will be stripped off and replaced by Honda badging.
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