Trophy for Petersen Motorsports
Awards for the 2005 season continue to roll into the Las Vegas race shop of Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing. On November 26, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), sanctioning body for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, announced that the team had won the inaugural Automobile Club de France (ACF) Ecology Trophy for the LM GT2 class. The joint award of the ACO and ACF is presented to the team in each class that is deemed, through a complex set of calculations, to have the best environmentally friendly effort at Le Mans. The calculation takes into account both thermal efficiency (the index comprising average speed over total distance, weight of the car and fuel consumption) and noise level (this index is derived from the 20 lowest noise measurements taken during the race). The Petersen/ White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR— driven by Jörg Bergmeister (Langenfeld, Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Long (Las Vegas)— finished second in class while attempting to win their third-straight race at la Sarthe.
Mike Petersen (team owner): “This is quite a surprise and honor for Petersen/ White Lightning. The Ecology Trophy is a great idea and I compliment the ACO for stepping-up and doing this. Everyone needs to be more knowledgeable and work to maintain our environment. Even though people don’t often think of motorsports and environmental friendliness at the same time, I think changing that is something very worthwhile to strive for. Winning is always our top priority but this award is something very unique and special. We didn’t set out to win this but I think it shows the overall efficiency of our program. We are certainly grateful for the ACO and ACF in recognizing that.”