New American Le Mans Series SpeedQuest Racing Team To Make Debut at Mid-Ohio Event
BRASELTON, Ga. (May 13, 2004) -- The GT class of the American Le Mans Series has grown with the formation of SpeedQuest Racing, a new team that will make its debut in American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, the next round of the professional sports car racing series June 25-27 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The team, co-owned by Eric Burch and Romeo Kapudija, will campaign a pair of Porsche 911 GT3 RS machines in the Mid-Ohio event, with tentative plans to run all of the remaining eight races on the 2004 ALMS schedule.
Kapudija, from Lincolnwood, Ill., and veteran ALMS driver Shane Lewis of Jupiter, Fla., will co-drive one of the cars at Mid-Ohio, while the other will be shared by open-wheel racer and ALMS newcomer Chris Green of Montreal, Canada, and a second driver to be named. Burch said that Green, 20, "in our estimation is certain to be one of the future stars of this sport. He has accomplished a great deal in his young career and is looking forward to his rookie season in the ALMS."
The team will carry the logos of Hazardous Sports, a line of motorsports-related sportswear, and Hazardous will market its products through the race team at ALMS events.
Burch, who is serving as Team Director, and Kapudija have acquired many of the assets of Zip Racing, a team that competed in the American Le Mans Series in 2003. In addition to the two race cars, the new team also acquired pit and shop equipment and will use the Zip Racing transporter. SpeedQuest Racing will operate out of a state-of-the-art shop in Chicago that was formerly used by a Champ Car team.
"We are working almost non-stop to be ready to race at Mid-Ohio," said Burch, who formerly managed the Carsport America team in the ALMS. "We have some very talented people on the team and look forward to doing some testing in the next few weeks before our first race."
Art Guertin, who will be car chief for SpeedQuest Racing, formerly worked in NASCAR with Roush Racing, and team crew chief/lead engineer Doug Heise formerly worked with racing teams in the Indy Racing League.
The team's two Porsches will carry numbers 21 and 22 with a black and yellow paint scheme and will race on Pirelli Tires. Burch said that negotiations with other sponsors are ongoing and announcements will be made in the near future.
"SpeedQuest Racing will be doing a great amount of marketing and promotional ventures to support our sponsors and fans alike," said Kapudija. "This is a concept that Eric Burch and I started putting together when he elected to have me drive in one of the Vipers at Road America last season in the ALMS and I am very happy to be partnering with him in this venture."
American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio will be Round Two of the 2004 season for the ALMS and will include a two-hour, 45-minute timed event on Sunday, June 27. The race will be televised live by CBS Sports in North America and MotorsTV in Europe and will be broadcast live by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web online at www.americanlemans.com.
Ticket information for the Mid-Ohio event is available online at www.americanlemans.com or by calling 1-800-MID-OHIO.