Bobby Sak and John Olsen to American Le Mans Series in 2004 with
American Spirit Racing.
Guy Cosmo returns for Sebring & Petit Le Mans
Cape Coral, FL (November 26, 2003) - American Spirit Racing President Jon Lewis announced today that Trans-Am rookie standout, Bobby Sak and Formula Mazda pilot John Olsen have been signed as full-season drivers in its ALMS LMP2 Prototype Championship operation.
Bobby, who captured the attention of fans throughout North America in 2003 with one of the strongest rookie battles in Trans-Am history, will pilot one of the Team's Nissan/Lola prototypes. "Bobby has shown some very strong driving talent this year and I am looking forward to a stellar performance with our Team in 2004," commented Jon Lewis, President of American Spirit Racing. "Bobby has proven that he can run with the best and I am extremely excited about him joining our Team. I feel that the LMP2 prototypes will suit his driving style very well."
"I am honored that Jon Lewis has asked me to join the American Spirit Racing LMP2 operation," said Bobby Sak. "The American Le Mans Series has always intrigued me and I am excited to be an integral part of this very strong program. I have every intention of bringing home the Championship for Jon and American Spirit Racing."
Bobby Sak finished 2nd in the 2003 Trans-Am Series rookie battle, just 10 points behind Rookie Jorge Diaz, Jr. while recording 8 top ten and 3 podium finishes including 2 second place finishes at Lime Rock and Puerto Rico.
Bobby resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan and holds a Management Degree from Western Michigan University. His career highlights include winning the 1998 SCCA Jim Fitzgerald Rookie of the Year award and finishing 3rd in the 2000 SCCA Pro Spec Racer Series with 1 win, 4 podium and 8 top ten finishes. He has also competed the SCCA World Challenge Series.
John Olsen, who showed tremendous promise in the Star Mazda Series in 2003, will be the full-season co-driver with Bobby Sak. "John has a very smooth driving style and like Guy Cosmo, I expect his transition to prototypes full-time to go very well," stated Lewis. "I believe that he will make a great teammate with Bobby and combining both of these talents with Guy in the longer races will provide a stable platform that will enable us to win the 2004 Championship. This group of young guns is going to be hard to beat."
"I am really looking forward to a great year with American Spirit Racing, " said Olsen. "With the team Jon has assembled, I have no doubt we will be contending for the Championship. I really have to thank Jon and everyone at American Spirit Racing for extending me this opportunity."
John Olsen, who resides in Pismo Beach, California finished 3rd in his first American Le Mans Series prototype race in LMP675 at the 2002 Petit Le Mans and was the 2002 Rotary Rockets West Coast Champion.
In addition, Guy Cosmo has been confirmed as the third driver with Bobby Sak and John Olsen for the #12 American Spirit Racing entry at Sebring and Petit Le Mans. "Guy did a fantastic job for us at Sebring this year," stated Lewis. "He only had 10 laps in the car prior to the event and it was his first time in an LMP car. He was consistently fast and I was extremely impressed by his talent and personality. I'm very happy to have him back. "
"I am very excited to be back with American Spirit Racing for Sebring and looking forward to the Petit Le Mans," comments Cosmo. "Jon was great to work with this year and he has put together a tremendous program for 2004. I have no doubt that this will be THE premier team in LMP2 to win the Championship."
The driver line up for American Spirit Racing's second entry will be announced soon.
American Spirit Racing who ran the AmeriSuites sponsored Riley & Scott MKIIIC Lincoln in 2003 will campaign two Lola prototypes in the 2004 American Le Mans Series. The American Le Mans Series sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association consists of nine high-profile events throughout the United States and Canada, including two of the world's most famous endurance races; the 12 hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.