All-women's team garners support for Road atlanta

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Braselton, Georgia...The all-women's sports car team of Cindi Lux, Divina Galica and Belinda Endress, all Women's Global GT Series competitors, is receiving much support for the upcoming 1,000-mile, 10-hour Petit Le Mans race at Road...

Braselton, Georgia...The all-women's sports car team of Cindi Lux, Divina Galica and Belinda Endress, all Women's Global GT Series competitors, is receiving much support for the upcoming 1,000-mile, 10-hour Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta on September 30, 2000. Endress recently replaced Sarah Wahl, who had some medical issues and was not cleared by her doctor to compete in the exhausting endurance race. Cindi Lux, 1999 Women's Global GT Series (WGGTS) race champion, Divina Galica, current WGGTS points leader, and Belinda Endress, currently fifth in the WGGTS points championship, will join forces to become the first all-women's team in the history of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the Petit Le Mans race, possibly a first in U.S. endurance racing. The three will drive the Grand-Am championship-winning No. 81 G&W Motorsports Porsche GT3R roadster, fielded by team owner Cole Scrogham. "I am really pleased to see that the Women's Global GT Series is starting to produce drivers who are recognized by the American Le Mans Series teams and that they have this opportunity to race in the ALMS," said ALMS and WGGT Series' founder and chairman Don Panoz. "They have worked hard and have gained another level of experience that will allow them to be competitive, and all of us at ALMS wish them the very best and look forward to watching them compete." Drivers, team owners, officials, media and other industry insiders have expressed strong support for this stellar team of female drivers who have proven their worth. "Don Panoz has done some important things with the American Le Mans Series and Petit Le Mans," said Wayne Taylor, Cadillac Northstar LMP driver and winner of the inaugural Petit Le Mans race in 1998. "He created the Women's Global GT Series to develop new talent and these women are at the top of the series. Racing is not about gender, it's about talent and desire to succeed. These drivers have proven they have it. I wish them the best." "Petit Le Mans is the second biggest sports car race in the world, second only to the 24 Hours of LeMans," said David Murry, a 10-year Porsche veteran and driver of the Skea Racing International Porsche GT3R. "Having women compete in the series shows the growth of business in the sport. We're happy to have them on-board. It's just like having Lyn St. James compete at Indy...it shows how far sports car racing has come." "After working with Cindi at the Petit Le Mans in 1999, I know how capable these drivers are," said Cole Scrogham, team owner of G&W Motorsports. "Based on the ribbing I have already received on the premise of "girls" driving the championship No. 81 Porsche, I am certain that there will be some very surprised people at Road Atlanta in late September." Panoz Racing School director Jeff Purner has worked with all three drivers through the Women's Global GT Series and is excited for their move up to the Petit Le Mans race. "We're all very proud of these three drivers and what they have accomplished. The opportunity for them to step-up is a testament to the level of competition and quality of drivers in the Women's Global GT Series." Not only have the drivers received verbal accolades, several sponsors are jumping on-board this very unique marketing opportunity. Holiday Inn Express, the hotel chain based in Atlanta, Georgia, has joined Divina Galica and the team as a sponsor and is supporting them with national exposure. They have sponsored Galica previously and know the value of this type of sponsorship. Babcock | Jenkins, a Beaverton, Oregon-based full-service direct response agency has joined hometown driver Cindi Lux, as she and her teammates compete at Petit Le Mans. The agency specializes in creative mailing campaigns, Web-based response mechanisms and sales-prospect lead maturation and retention programs. Some of their clients include Novell, Hewlett-Packard, Polycom, InFocus, Lucent, Intel, Freightliner and Siemens. For more information, visit www.bnj.com or www.iROI.com. Xtreme Island Designs, of Honolulu, Hawaii, has joined forces with Belinda Endress and the team to promote their fine-quality Hawaiian-style clothing. They have previously teamed with Endress with great delight at the exposure they received. Xtreme Island Designs produces unisex shirts, tanks, dresses, shorts and tops in the brightest and most colorful original prints. The team will also be testing new Nike footwear and apparel that has been exclusively designed for motor racing. Nike has been helping athletes with performance gear for 30 years and is now taking its knowledge and applying it to racing, much to the benefit of Lux, Galica, Endress and the G&W Porsche team.

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