DHL goes to ALMS

Former Formula 1 sponsor DHL has signed a deal to sponsor the Penske Porsche in the American Le Mans Series. The new car, which will run in the LMP2 prototype class, will be debuted on October 15 at Laguna Seca by Porsche factory drivers Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr.

"Our goal is to use this platform to help build our customer relationships in a meaningful way," said Joe Phelan, President and COO, DHL Smart & GlobalMail. "A recognized car brand like Porsche together with the highly professional team of Penske Motorsports is a perfect fit to a worldwide leading logistics provider like DHL."

Commissioned by Porsche Cars North America and Porsche Motorsport North America for customers teams, the Porsche RS Spyder features a completely new Porsche engine, transmission, and chassis, all incorporating the latest in Porsche automotive technology and created to conform to new 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours rules.

We expect Porsche to name at least one American driver for next year and the smart money at the moment is on Patrick Long, who is doing a sterling job for Porsche in GTs this year.

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