Mike Rockenfeller

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Mike Rockenfeller
20070623 Norisring Mike Rockenfeller.jpg
Mike Rockenfeller during an autograph session at Norisring in 2007
Nationality German
Born (1983-10-31) 31 October 1983 (age 31)
Neuwied, Germany
2014 DTM
Debut season 2007
Current team Audi Sport Team Phoenix
Car no. 1
Starts 76
Wins 3
Poles 3
Fastest laps 3
Best finish 1st in 2013
Finished last season 1st (142 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
Participating years 20042005, 2007
Teams Orbit Racing, Alex Job Racing, Audi Sport Team Joest
Best finish 1st (2010)
Class wins 2 (2005, 2010)

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

Career[edit]

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. At that year he also raced at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 1000km of Nürburgring, and Petit Le Mans.

Mike 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.

Mike Rockenfeller driving an Audi A4 at Hockenheim 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 starts the 2010 racing season winning the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona overall in the Action Express Racing Porsche Riley with teammates João Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, and Ryan Dalziel.

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 will be taking 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.

Accolades[edit]

Racing record[edit]

Complete Porsche Supercup results[edit]

(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 ITA1
10
ESP AUT MON GER1
12
GBR GER2
Ret
HUN
8
BEL ITA2 USA1 USA2 NC‡ 0‡
2003 UPS Porsche-Junior Team Porsche 996 GT3 ITA1 ESP AUT MON
Ret
GER1
1
FRA GBR
2
GER2
5
HUN ITA2
Ret
USA1 USA2 NC‡ 0‡
2004 UPS Porsche-Junior Team Porsche 996 GT3 ITA1 ESP MON
1
USA1 USA2 FRA GBR
2
GER2
1
HUN
3
BEL ITA2
8
NC‡ 0‡
Eichin Racing-PZ Freiburg GER1
2

‡ - Not eligible for points.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2004 United States Orbit Racing
United States BAM!
Germany Marc Lieb
United States Leo Hindery
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 223 DNF DNF
2005 United States Alex Job Racing
United States BAM! Motorsport
Germany Marc Lieb
United States Leo Hindery
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 332 10th 1st
2007 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Lucas Luhr
France Alexandre Prémat
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 23 DNF DNF
2008 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Lucas Luhr
France Alexandre Prémat
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 374 4th 4th
2009 Germany Audi Sport North America Germany Marco Werner
Germany Lucas Luhr
Audi R15 TDI LMP1 104 DNF DNF
2010 Germany Audi Sport North America Germany Timo Bernhard
France Romain Dumas
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 397 1st 1st
2011 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Timo Bernhard
France Romain Dumas
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 116 DNF DNF
2012 Germany Audi Sport North America United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Italy Marco Bonanomi
Audi R18 ultra LMP1 375 3rd 3rd

Complete DTM results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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

* Season in progress. † Retired, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ English, Steven (2009-02-17). "Audi confirms unchanged lineup". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  2. ^ theCheckeredFlag.co.uk

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frank Stippler
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion
2004
Succeeded by
Christian Menzel
Preceded by
Stéphane Sarrazin
Pedro Lamy
Le Mans Series Champion
2008 with:
Alexandre Prémat
Succeeded by
Tomáš Enge
Jan Charouz
Stefan Mücke
Preceded by
David Brabham
Marc Gené
Alexander Wurz
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2010 with:
Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Succeeded by
Marcel Fässler
André Lotterer
Benoît Tréluyer
Preceded by
Bruno Spengler
DTM Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Marco Wittmann