Butch Leitzinger to race under Tommy Bahama and Tom Gloy Racing banner for 2002 Trans-Am Series
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 7, 2002) -- Tom Gloy Racing announced today it will field a second entry in the 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Butch Leitzinger of State College, Pa. will drive the Tommy Bahama Chevrolet Corvette with a Riley & Scott chassis.
"Butch is a proven champion," said Gloy. "His competitiveness and demeanor will fit well. He brings a new personality and talent to Trans-Am. His upbeat style and hard driving will represent Tommy Bahama well."
Tommy Bahama's Cafe and Emporiums, the purveyor of island lifestyles is returning as the sponsor for the fourth year.
"We are excited about Butch joining the Tommy Bahama/Tom Gloy family and we are looking forward to building a strong partnership with him," said Julia Jackson, Corporate Sponsorship Director Tommy Bahama.
"Growing up in racing enabled me to observe Tom Gloy Racing, its high quality of work and its top level of professionalism. It will be an honor to be part of Gloy's racing force," said Leitzinger. "I have worked in the past with team manager Bill Fingerlow and engineer Buddy Fey. We already have a hi story together and it won't be awkward getting started; we'll be able to hit the track running. The Trans-Am series is growing; I want to be involved in a series that has good competition. I've been racing Riley & Scott prototypes since 1995 and respect the engineering work that Bill and Bob (Riley & Scott) continue to produce. The decision for me to drive on this team was easy when presented with the combination of a great sponsor like Tommy Bahama, Tom Gloy Racing, Riley and Scott and the Chevrolet engines."
Gloy announced in December that Randy Ruhlman of Greensboro, N.C will drive a Tom Gloy Racing-prepared car. Ruhlman will drive the familiar Preformed Line Products/Coyote Closure Chevrolet Corvette
Gloy also announced that veteran race engineer Buddy Fey of Memphis, Tenn. will work as the engineer for both entries. Fey has a varied resume, working with Trans-Am Championship drivers Scott Sharp, Jack Baldwin and Scott Pruett. He has also worked for Joe Gibbs' NASCAR Winston Cup effort with Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte. He has open wheel experience working with Indy Racing League drivers Kenny Brack, Davy Jones and Marco Greco and CART Indy Lights drivers Lee Bentham and Mark Hotchkiss.
Tommy Bahama is the purveyor of the island lifestyle and has been celebrating island living since 1992. Tommy Bahama is a flourishing men's and women's upscale casual sportswear wholesaler and also has successful restaurant and retail operations. The Tommy Bahama Tropical CafÃ© and Emporium serves up island-inspired fare and lots of tropical fun. It has become the ultimate lifestyle brand. Visit their site at www.TommyBahama.com
Tom Gloy Racing will compete in the 12-race Trans-Am Series, which begins April 6, 2002 in Miami, Fla. All 2002 Trans-Am events will be televised nationally either on CBS and Speed Channel (formerly SpeedVision). For more information or updates on the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Trans-Am series go to www.trans-amseries.com/index.html
Butch Leitzinger Driver Biography
Grand American Series. Dyson Racing. Finished second in Drivers' Championship. Five wins.
American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Werks Bently team at Le Mans. Finished third.
ALMS. Werks Cadillac. Four starts. Ran a partial season.
Grand American Series. Dyson Racing. Three Wins. Ran a partial season.
NASCAR Busch Grand National. Innovative Motorsports Chevrolet. Finished second at Watkins Glen.
Can-Am Series. Dyson Racing. Won Drivers' Championship. Won Rolex 24 at Daytona.
ALMS. Dyson Racing. Finished second at 12 Hours of Sebring. Finished fifth in Drivers' Championship.
Le Mans. Werks Panoz LMP. Finished seventh at Le Mans.
Sports Car WSC. Dyson Racing. Won Drivers' Championship. Five wins.
Can-Am Series. Dyson Racing. Finished second in the Drivers' Championship. Three wins.
Elected to the AARWBA All-American Team.
Sports Car WSC. Dyson Racing. Won Drivers' Championship. Four wins including the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Le Mans. Panoz GT1. Entered 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Elected to the AARWBA All-American Team.
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Dyson Racing. Four wins. Finished third in Drivers' Championship.
NASCAR Busch Grand National North. Leitzinger Racing. Won Lime Rock. (Only entry.)
IMSA WSC. Dyson Racing. One win.
NASCAR Busch Grand National North. Leitzinger Racing. Won Lime Rock (One race entered.)
IMSA GTS. Werks Nissan. Won Rolex 24 at Daytona.
IMSA WSC. Scandia Racing. Finished third in 12 Hours of Sebring.
NASCAR Busch Grand National North. Leitzinger Racing, Two wins (Two races entered.)
IMSA GTU. Werks Nissan. Won Drivers' Championship. Six Wins. Led Nissan to GTU Manufacturer Championship.
Elected to second team AARWBA All-American Team.
IMSA GTO Won the 1990 12 Hours of Sebring in a Werks Nissan.
Many victories in sportscar racing, including IMSA GTU and IMSA International Sedan (IS)