H e won the DTM, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the classic endurance races in Daytona and at the Nürburgring. At only 30 years old, Mike Rockenfeller, referred to as “Rocky” by his fans and friends, is one of the greatest and most successful race car drivers the sport has ever seen. Nevertheless, he always remained modest and down to earth.
Mike and his wife Susanne live a private life on the Swiss side of Lake Constance. They are both proud parents of a young son.
“Rocky” has a great technical understanding of his sport. In his adolescent days, he served as an apprentice in the family business. As a motor mechanic, he began tinkering and fixing his own karts. An experience from which he still benefits when it comes to understanding how to optimally tune a highly complex race car, like the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM.
Many are convinced that Mike Rockenfeller would have also excelled in Formula 1. But when he was 18-years-old, he received an offer to be Porsche-Junior, and thus, his career developed in the current direction of sport and touring cars.
He won the Porsche Carrera Cup, and celebrated his first class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2004 – a race that fascinated Mike Rockenfeller from an early age. To this day, he holds it to be the greatest.
When Audi offered him the chance to simultaneously drive at Le Mans and in the DTM, “Rocky” left Porsche in late 2006. At Audi, his dreams of total victory in Le Mans (2010) and the title win in the DTM (2013) came true. He is now one of the longest-standing Audi “factory” driver, who combines high speed with technical understanding, reliability, and cleverness.
Audi and partners such as Schaeffler, are proud to have him representing their brand. Despite his many appointments, “Rocky” always tries to keep in touch with his fans in the paddock of the racetrack.
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