Audi's Kettler: We will have hands full Audi Sport North America technical director Brad Kettler was a very interested observer in the Sebring pitlane and paddock this weekend at the American Le Mans Series Winter Test. In an exclusive interview (mp3) with americanlemans.com, Kettler touched on a number of subjects leading up to the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
The influx of new prototypes: "We will have our hands full. Acura and Porsche have both done very well to bring the level of the Series up. There are a lot of good-looking teams and good-looking cars. There's a lot of buzz and we're excited about it because it will be good competition."
Pre-Sebring testing with the R10 TDI: "There are no new components to try at this moment. There are some things that are being finished that will be tried prior to the race. Audi never really stops. It's not as if they take a distinct idea to push a little harder in testing or not. Their development goes ahead at the same pace all the time."
The crew's ongoing pit practice: "We're going between seven and 10 hours a week practicing the guys. We videotaped all the positions and looked at who was most suited to what. Basically we started with a clean sheet of paper and picked the best men for the best positions. Our pit work is going to get even better and stronger. We will continue to practice the guys continuously through the start of the racing season."
The 2007 driver lineup: "The philosophy (from Audi) of who is going to drive the cars has been very consistent, about having people of experience. We're delighted with all the drivers going forward. We have worked with them all before and we know them well."
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