St. Clair, Mich. - Cinjo Racing is ready to unveil its 2001 Viper Trans-Am entry at the Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring race weekend.
The team, which began operating in October of 2000, has been working diligently to build the series' first Viper and assemble the personnel to compete at the front of the grid. "The car has really come together well," said Joe Tranchida, owner, Cinjo Racing. "I am anxious to finally see the car on the track."
The team was able to run the Viper on the track for the first time on Saturday, March 10. Driver Tommy Archer's first impression was one of sheer excitement. "The team has really done a great job getting this new Viper together. We rolled off of the truck in testing and had a chance to debug the car. I noticed the car had good bit more horsepower than the car I drove last year. I am anxious to see how it matches up against the competition in Sebring."
"The first lap of the car on the track was a dream come true as well as the culmination of eight months of hard work," said Tranchida. "Will Moody and the team have done an excellent job building the car. We are ready for Sebring."
Will Moody, a 30-year racing veteran, will be engineering the car for the team. In key support roles will be Obie Barsh, Roman Tucker and Steve Veeder, all seasoned Trans-Am crew.
Tommy Archer, with a renewed vigor for Trans-Am, has been anxious to get behind the wheel of the Cinjo Viper. "I was at the shop two months ago for a seat fitting and to adjust the pedals. At that point the bare tub was all that existed. I saw the complete car for the first time two days ago," commented Archer. "Will and the crew have done a great job assembling the car. You can really tell the attention to detail. It is the best Trans-Am car that I've ever seen. My first impression driving the car is that we should be very competitive right from the start."
The Viper is a new body style for the Trans-Am series. The aggressive look and large cult following for the body style give the team an instant fan base.
"I have a lot of faith in Tommy as a driver, so the lack of testing to this point should not be a problem," said Moody. "We wanted to take the time to build a car that was complete in every way and that can be serviced efficiently at the track. We opted to spend a little more time on the build of the car as opposed to testing. Tommy knows his way around Sebring. This should help us get up to speed very quickly."
Cinjo Racing will take the track for the first race at Sebring International Raceway on March 16th. The race will be televised on Speedvision the same dat starting at 8:00 p.m.