Nygmatech Motorsports; a triple threat at Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 9, 2000) -- Nygmatech Motorsports will make their American Le Mans Series (ALMS) debut in a big way at the 48th Annual Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring, entering a trio of Porsches in the GT class, all prepared by Michael Colucci...

SEBRING, Fla. (March 9, 2000) -- Nygmatech Motorsports will make their American Le Mans Series (ALMS) debut in a big way at the 48th Annual Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring, entering a trio of Porsches in the GT class, all prepared by Michael Colucci Racing (MCR), of Jupiter, Fla. The team will run the full ALMS schedule in 2000. Nygmatech Motorsports entries at press time include the No. 87 FamilyClick.com Porsche 911 GT3 R of Tim Robertson and Ian James; the No. 88 GlobalCenter Porsche 911 GT3 R of Leo Hindery, Peter Baron, and John Lewis; and the No. 89 Roku Porsche 911 GT3 R of Kurt Baumann, David Dullum, and Jim McCormick. Although most of the team's drivers have never competed at the historic Sebring endurance classic, their enthusiasm and professional effort makes it seem otherwise. "We're all very committed to the sport of racing," says team owner Kurt Baumann, of Great Falls, Va., founder of Nygmatech Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in high tech start-ups. "We may be businessmen in our work-week life, but we're serious racers when we get to the track. The fact that we're here at Sebring with three Porsches, arguably the most successful and dependable car in the race's history, I think shows our commitment to the program we're developing, and to the ALMS series." Teammate Leo Hindery, of Burlingame, Calif., concurs. "Success tends to create more success, and that applies both in the business world and the racing world," says Hindery, Chairman & CEO of GlobalCenter, Inc., who has also raced in NASCAR's Winston West and Sportsman divisions. "We've all been very fortunate in our professional lives, now it's time to take it to the race track. We've got the right car with Porsche, the right team with MCR, and some very capable drivers. We're ready." Colucci, a 27-year veteran who has made a name for himself at Sebring and within the racing world, hopes the multi-team lineup will better his chances for a fourth visit to victory lane. "Sebring is a very special race," notes Colucci, whose previous wins came in 1985, 1994, and 1996, "and I'm proud of the fact that I've already been a part of three winning teams at the most historic race in the U.S. This year feels right and with the reliability of Porsche and the Pirelli tires, we're optimistic. Not to mention, having four cars in the race certainly has to increase the odds!" Porsche has more victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring than any other marque. Its 17 wins far surpass Ferraris' 12. Porsche also holds the longest winning streak at the central Florida circuit with 13 consecutive victories between 1976-1988, mostly with the Porsche 935 and 962 models. The Porsche 911 GT3 R that the Nygmatech team fields in the GT division for smaller engine cars is a regular class winner. Last year's GT class winner was the Porsche 911 RSR co-driven by Cort Wagner, this year piloting the Aspen Knolls Porsche 911 GT3 R, which is also prepared by MCR. The 48th Annual Exxon Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring will be broadcast live in its entirety on Speedvision, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.., Saturday, March 18. Live coverage will also be provided by Radio Le Mans on the ALMS web site.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Jim McCormick , Ian James , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Cort Wagner , Tim Roberts