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Mike Rockenfeller (born 31 October 1983), nicknamed "Rocky", is a German professional racing driver, currently an Audi factory driver competing in the DTM. He won his first DTM title in 2013, driving for Audi Sport Team Phoenix.

Mike Rockenfeller
2014 DTM HockenheimringII Mike Rockenfeller by 2eight 8SC5363.jpg
Rockenfeller in 2014
NationalityGermany German
Born (1983-10-31) 31 October 1983 (age 35)
Neuwied, West Germany
DTM career
Debut season2007
Current teamAudi Sport Team Phoenix
Car number99
Former teamsAudi Sport Team Abt Sportsline
Starts175
Championships1 (2013)
Wins6
Podiums30
Poles7
Fastest laps9
Finished last season11th (87 pts)
Previous series
2008
2006
2005
2002-2004
2001
Le Mans Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
FIA GT
German Carrera Cup
Formula König
Championship titles
2013
2008
2005
2004
DTM
Le Mans Series
FIA GT Championship GT2
German Carrera Cup
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years20042005, 2007
TeamsOrbit Racing, Alex Job Racing, Audi Sport Team Joest
Best finish1st (2010)
Class wins2 (2005, 2010)

CareerEdit

Rockenfeller began racing karts in 1995 at age of 11, winning the Bambini North state championship. He competed in various local and national karting series in the 1990s. In 2002, he won the Jörg van Ommen Kart Cup Super Series.

In 2001, Rockenfeller moved to cars, and finished 4th in the Formula König championship, winning one race. In 2002, he joined the Porsche Junior team and raced in the German Carrera Cup, finishing 10th, and in a partial Porsche Supercup season. In 2003, he finished 2nd in the German Carrera Cup championship, and made his American Le Mans Series debut at Petit Le Mans, finishing 10th in GT2 class. In 2004, Rockenfeller won the German Carrera Cup and also won two races in Porsche Supercup. That year he also raced in the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 1000km of Nürburgring, and Petit Le Mans.

 
Rockenfeller driving the Audi R10 TDI en route to winning the 2008 Le Mans Series Drivers Championship.

2005 became Rockenfeller's breakthrough year. He became a full Porsche factory driver and won the GT2 class driver championship title in the FIA GT Championship driving with Marc Lieb for GruppeM Racing. He collected 6 class wins, including the Spa 24 Hours. Rockenfeller also won the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving with Lieb and Leo Hindrey for Alex Job Racing. 2006 saw him race again in the ALMS and Grand-Am series for Alex Job. He won in the ALMS at Houston and finished second in LMP2 class at Petit Le Mans, driving a Porsche RS Spyder for Penske Racing. He also took two Grand-Am wins.

 
Rockenfeller driving an Audi A4 at the Hockenheimring during the 2009 DTM season.

For 2007, Rockenfeller became an Audi factory driver and raced an A4 DTM for Audi Sport Team Rosberg in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. He also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving an Audi R10. In addition to DTM and having already moderate experience with Le Mans Prototype cars, in 2008 he drove for Audi Sport Team Joest in the Le Mans Series, alongside Alexandre Prémat. Despite not winning any races, Rockenfeller and Prémat won the title at the 2008 1000 km of Silverstone, after an accident on lap 46 for the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP of Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gené. He also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, occupying the third Audi entry with Prémat and Lucas Luhr. After qualifying fifth, their entry finished in fourth place overall, seven laps down on winning team-mates Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.

For 2009, Rockenfeller continues in the DTM with Team Rosberg.[1]

Rockenfeller started the 2010 racing season winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona overall in the Action Express Racing Porsche Riley with co-drivers João Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, and Ryan Dalziel.

 
Rockenfeller competing in the 2014 DTM season.

In the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rockenfeller was involved in a horrific accident while passing a slower GTE vehicle at 5:49 into the race. Shortly after nightfall, he was involved in a violent crash at the kinks on the straight between Mulsanne Corner and Indianapolis after near contact with the number 71 car of Robert Kauffman. Rockenfeller then climbed from his car and jumped to safety over the Armco barrier. He sustained a small flesh wound on his right arm and was admitted into a hospital overnight for observation.

Rockenfeller took part in the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race[2] in the Spirit of Daytona Corvette Daytona Prototype with Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante.

AccoladesEdit

Racing recordEdit

Complete Porsche Supercup resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2002 UPS Porsche-Junior Team Porsche 996 GT3 IMO
10
CAT A1R MON NÜR
12
SIL HOC
Ret
HUN
8
SPA MNZ IND IND NC‡ 0‡
2003 UPS Porsche-Junior Team Porsche 996 GT3 IMO CAT A1R MON
Ret
NÜR
1
MAG SIL
2
HOC
5
HUN MNZ
Ret
IND IND NC‡ 0‡
2004 UPS Porsche-Junior Team Porsche 996 GT3 IMO CAT MON
1
IND IND MAG SIL
2
HOC
1
HUN
3
SPA MNZ
8
NC‡ 0‡
Eichin Racing-PZ Freiburg NÜR
2

‡ - Not eligible for points.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2004   Orbit Racing
  BAM!
  Marc Lieb
  Leo Hindery
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 223 DNF DNF
2005   Alex Job Racing
  BAM! Motorsport
  Marc Lieb
  Leo Hindery
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 332 10th 1st
2007   Audi Sport Team Joest   Lucas Luhr
  Alexandre Prémat
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 23 DNF DNF
2008   Audi Sport Team Joest   Lucas Luhr
  Alexandre Prémat
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 374 4th 4th
2009   Audi Sport North America   Marco Werner
  Lucas Luhr
Audi R15 TDI LMP1 104 DNF DNF
2010   Audi Sport North America   Timo Bernhard
  Romain Dumas
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 397 1st 1st
2011   Audi Sport Team Joest   Timo Bernhard
  Romain Dumas
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 116 DNF DNF
2012   Audi Sport North America   Oliver Jarvis
  Marco Bonanomi
Audi R18 ultra LMP1 375 3rd 3rd
2018   Corvette Racing - GM   Jan Magnussen
  Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
342 18th 4th
2019   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTE
Pro
337 28th 8th

24 Hours of Daytona resultsEdit

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2004   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Johannes van Overbeek
  Lonnie Pechnik
  Seth Neiman
  Peter Cunningham
Porsche 996 GT3 Cup GT 523 3rd 2nd
2005   Brumos Racing   J.C. France
  Hurley Haywood
  Timo Bernhard
  Romain Dumas
Fabcar FDSC/03-Porsche DP 432 44th
DNF
21st
DNF
2006   Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports   Patrick Long
  Lucas Luhr
Crawford DP03-Porsche DP 731 3rd 3rd
2008   SAMAX   Allan McNish
  Lucas Luhr
  Henry Zogaib
Riley Mk. XI-Pontiac DP 233 55th
DNF
20th
DNF
2010   Action Express Racing   João Barbosa
  Terry Borcheller
  Ryan Dalziel
Riley Mk. XI-Porsche DP 755 1st 1st
2012   Flying Lizard Motorsports with Wright Motorsports   Jörg Bergmeister
  Patrick Long
  Seth Neiman
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup GT 706 26th 15th
2013   Action Express Racing   João Barbosa
  Christian Fittipaldi
  Burt Frisselle
Coyote Corvette DP DP 708 4th 4th
2014   Spirit of Daytona Racing   Michael Valiante
  Richard Westbrook
Coyote Corvette DP P 693 4th 4th
2015   VisitFlorida.com Racing   Michael Valiante
  Richard Westbrook
Coyote Corvette DP P 734 3rd 3rd
2016   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 722 8th 2nd
2017   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 652 8th 4th
2018   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 781 13th 3rd
2019   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R GTLM 563 16th 6th

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Points
2007 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2006 HOC
12
OSC
3
LAU
13
BRH
Ret
NOR
13
MUG
6
ZAN
10
NÜR
17
CAT
7†
HOC
DSQ
12th 11
2008 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2007 HOC
10
OSC
7
MUG
14
LAU
9
NOR
13
ZAN
10
NÜR
15
BRH
13
CAT
5
BUG
9
HOC
9
11th 6
2009 Team Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
Ret
LAU
7
NOR
9
ZAN
12†
OSC
13
NÜR
10
BRH
7
CAT
12
DIJ
13
HOC
9
14th 4
2010 Team Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 HOC
5
VAL
6
LAU
4
NOR
12
NÜR
9
ZAN
13
BRH
9
OSC
5
HOC
3
ADR
16
SHA
12
7th 22
2011 Abt Sportsline Audi A4 DTM 2009 HOC
11
ZAN
1
SPL
5
LAU NOR
14
NÜR
3
BRH
6
OSC
6
VAL
9
HOC
4
6th 31
2012 Phoenix Racing Audi A5 DTM HOC
5
LAU
13
BRH
3
SPL
7
NOR
6
NÜR
5
ZAN
2
OSC
6
VAL
5
HOC
Ret
4th 85
2013 Phoenix Racing Audi RS5 DTM HOC
8
BRH
1
SPL
4
LAU
2
NOR
5
MSC
1
NÜR
4
OSC
2
ZAN
2
HOC
16
1st 142
2014 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM HOC
4
OSC
2
HUN
10
NOR
8
MSC
Ret
SPL
13
NÜR
2
LAU
10
ZAN
15
HOC
2
3rd 72
2015 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

5
HOC
2

6
LAU
1

9
LAU
2

10
NOR
1

14
NOR
2

Ret
ZAN
1

8
ZAN
2

11
SPL
1

8
SPL
2

4
MSC
1

10
MSC
2

1
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

19
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

7
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

15
10th 83
2016 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

10
SPL
1

12
SPL
2

8
LAU
1

19
LAU
2

17
NOR
1

18
NOR
2

DSQ
ZAN
1

14
ZAN
2

15
MSC
1

16
MSC
2

15
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

22
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

8
19th 31
Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline HOC
1

5
HOC
2

11
2017 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

3
HOC
2

7
LAU
1

5
LAU
2

5
HUN
1

4
HUN
2

10
NOR
1

13
NOR
2

Ret
MSC
1

2
MSC
2

12
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

1
NÜR
1

14
NÜR
2

17
SPL
1

7
SPL
2

2
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

3
4th 167
2018 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 DTM HOC
1

14
HOC
2

2
LAU
1

11
LAU
2

8
HUN
1

11
HUN
2

4
NOR
1

15
NOR
2

16
ZAN
1

15
ZAN
2

16
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

6
MIS
1

10
MIS
2

9
NÜR
1

6
NÜR
2

13
SPL
1

2
SPL
2

8
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

11
11th 87
2019 Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS5 Turbo DTM HOC
1

2
HOC
2

Ret
ZOL
1

5
ZOL
2

4
MIS
1

6
MIS
2

10
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

3
ASS
1

9
ASS
2

1
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

6
LAU
1

3
LAU
2

3
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

7
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

2
4th 182

Driver did not finish, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ English, Steven (17 February 2009). "Audi confirms unchanged lineup". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  2. ^ theCheckeredFlag.co.uk

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