Grand-Am's first full-season Audi entrant was announced Wednesday, as APR Motorsport said it will field an R8 LMS in the 2012 Rolex Series season.
Stephen Hooks, president and CEO of APR, was an aspiring driver and Audi enthusiast who raced Audis in the Motorola Cup – the predecessor to Grand-Am's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. After leaving his driving ambitions to build APR into the largest aftermarket and motorsport company for Audis worldwide, Hooks returned to competition as a principal in APR Motorsport. The team was the first to race Audi's newest sedan, the B8 model generation Audi S4, in the Continental Tire division.
Driver lineups were not revealed but the team plans to make its on-track debut at the series' test in January at Daytona.