BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 21, 2000) -- Accomplishing one of its missions, the Women's Global GT Series has launched three of its drivers into the American Le Mans Series with a competitive GT class ride for the Sept. 30 running of the Petit Le Mans,...
BRASELTON, Ga. (Sept. 21, 2000) -- Accomplishing one of its missions, the Women's Global GT Series has launched three of its drivers into the American Le Mans Series with a competitive GT class ride for the Sept. 30 running of the Petit Le Mans, Presented by Audi, at Road Atlanta.
WGGTS drivers Belinda Endress, Divina Galica and Cindi Lux will co-drive a Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by G&W Motorsports of Waynesboro, Va., in the Petit Le Mans. The race, which will cover 1,000 racing miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first, is one of the biggest sports car races in North America. G&W will also field a car driven by Michael Schrom, John Morton and Darren Law.
Lux, from Aloha, Ore., was the champion of the Women's Global GT Series in its inaugural year of 1999. Galica, a native of England who now lives in Sebring, Fla., is the series point leader with two races remaining in the 2000 season. Endress, from Newbury Park, Calif., is closing in on her first series victory.
The WGGTS was created to provide opportunities for women to compete in their own racing series in equally-prepared Panoz Esperante race cars. Another goal of the series at its creation was to provide a platform for talented women drivers to catch the eye of ALMS car owners.
"It's way cool that G&W Motorsports has given us this opportunity," said Lux, who drove one stint in last year's Petit Le Mans for the team. "It's an excellent team, and it's great that we will have a team car as a resource to bounce ideas off of."
Lux said that her relationship with the team started last year when she was approached with an opportunity to drive for the team in the Petit Le Mans. "It was out of the blue," she said. "They said they just wanted to do something to help one of the support series. I'm really grateful to them."
Lux approached Galica, one of her most fierce competitors in the WGGTS, earlier this year at the Sebring race. "We agreed that someone from our series needed to move on, and we made it a mission," she said. "We wanted the series to accomplish what it was designed to do."
"Cindi and I have often talked about sharing a car in an endurance race," said Galica, four times a member of England's Olympic ski team. "This is a dream come true for both of us, and having Belinda join us is going to be fun."
"There's one thing you can't change about us," said Endress. "We all have performance, excellence and giving it the absolute best that we have firmly in our minds."
The three drivers are used to racing solo, and racing as a team in the Petit Le Mans will be a new experience for all of them.
"I expect that when one of us is on the track in the race car, the other two will be in the pits, praying that we bring the car back in one piece after each driving stint," said Galica.
The team will not have the opportunity to test until the first day of ALMS practice for the Petit Le Mans on Wednesday, Sept. 27. "We're jumping right in," said Lux.
"Our goal is to go out there and run clean, post competitive times, and get experience," she said. "To finish the race would be huge for us. Our learning curve is not at an angle. It's straight up and down."
The Petit Le Mans gets the green flag at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. Provisional qualifying will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, with final qualifying on Friday, Sept. 29. Endress, Galica and Lux will join their fellow WGGTS competitors in a 45-minute race on Friday.
The Petit Le Mans will be televised live from start to finish on Speedvision, and will be broadcast live on the ALMS Radio Web at www.petitlemans.com.