2011 Aston Martin Racing DBR1-2 race car

2011 Aston Martin Racing DBR1-2 race car

The factory-backed Aston Martin Racing team will be back on U.S. soil to compete in its first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race of the year at Laguna Seca on September 17 and 18.

The team will be making the trans-Atlantic trip from Silverstone, where it competed in the fifth round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup race only the weekend before.

Returning to the Mazda Raceway, factory drivers Adrian Fernandez, Stefan Mücke and Harold Primat will be piloting the Lowes sponsored DBR1-2 during the event.

The familiar blue and orange Gulf Oil liveried factory DBR1-2 (pictured) will be joined by official partner team Muscle Milk, which is currently second in the championship only 24 points behind the leading team. The Muscle Milk Aston Martin LMP1 will be driven by Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf.

The 38-car grid will cross the start line at 13.30 (PDT) on September 18 and continue racing for a total of six hours. Practice and qualifying will take place on September 17 from 10:35 (PDT). Live coverage of the race will be shown on ESPN 3.