Rockenfeller in 2014
|Born||31 October 1983|
Neuwied, West Germany
|Current team||Audi Sport Team Phoenix|
|Former teams||Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline|
|Finished last season||11th (87 pts)|
|Le Mans Series|
Rolex Sports Car Series
German Carrera Cup
Le Mans Series
FIA GT Championship GT2
German Carrera Cup
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- FIA GT Championship GT2 Champion: 2005
- 24 Hours Nürburgring overall winner: 2006
- 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 winner: 2005
- Spa 24 Hours GT2 winner: 2005
- 24 Hours of Daytona overall winner: 2010
- 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner: 2010
- Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Champion: 2013
Complete Porsche Supercup results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2002||UPS Porsche-Junior Team||Porsche 996 GT3||IMO
|2003||UPS Porsche-Junior Team||Porsche 996 GT3||IMO||CAT||A1R||MON
|2004||UPS Porsche-Junior Team||Porsche 996 GT3||IMO||CAT||MON
|Eichin Racing-PZ Freiburg||NÜR
‡ - Not eligible for points.
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results
|2004|| Orbit Racing
| Marc Lieb
|Porsche 911 GT3-RS||GT||223||DNF||DNF|
|2005|| Alex Job Racing
| Marc Lieb
|Porsche 911 GT3-RSR||GT2||332||10th||1st|
|2007||Audi Sport Team Joest|| Lucas Luhr
|Audi R10 TDI||LMP1||23||DNF||DNF|
|2008||Audi Sport Team Joest|| Lucas Luhr
|Audi R10 TDI||LMP1||374||4th||4th|
|2009||Audi Sport North America|| Marco Werner
|Audi R15 TDI||LMP1||104||DNF||DNF|
|2010||Audi Sport North America|| Timo Bernhard
|Audi R15 TDI plus||LMP1||397||1st||1st|
|2011||Audi Sport Team Joest|| Timo Bernhard
|Audi R18 TDI||LMP1||116||DNF||DNF|
|2012||Audi Sport North America|| Oliver Jarvis
|Audi R18 ultra||LMP1||375||3rd||3rd|
|2018||Corvette Racing - GM|| Jan Magnussen
|Chevrolet Corvette C7.R||GTE
24 Hours of Daytona results
Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results
† Driver did not finish, but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.
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| Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
| Le Mans Series
With: Alexandre Prémat
| Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
With: Timo Bernhard & Romain Dumas
| Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters