Zip Racing announces tires, wheels for 2003

ZIP Racing's Porsches will use Dunlop Tires, OZ Wheels in ALMS. CHICAGO, March 5 - Dunlop tires will be used exclusively on ZIP Racing's Porsches in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) this year, Steve Ivankovich, the team's chief executive ...

ZIP Racing's Porsches will use Dunlop Tires, OZ Wheels in ALMS.

CHICAGO, March 5 - Dunlop tires will be used exclusively on ZIP Racing's Porsches in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) this year, Steve Ivankovich, the team's chief executive officer, announced today.

In addition, Ivankovich said those Dunlop tires would be mounted on OZ wheels.

"We've been loyal to Dunlop for two years, and we've seen great strides in their performance," Ivankovich said. "They're probably the best tire right now in endurance sports car racing.

"We had the first and only Porsche in the world to use OZ wheels originally," Ivankovich continued. "We worked with them last year to create this wheel for a Porsche. They developed them for us.

"We're with OZ because we think they're the best wheel manufacturer around and it will create a competitive advantage for us," Ivankovich added.

"We're delighted that ZIP Racing has selected what we feel is the best GT tire, Dunlop," said Charlie Gibson of Sasco Sports of Alton, Va., the dealer for Dunlop Racing's GT tires in the United States. Dunlop is based in Birmingham, England.

"ZIP Racing is a very good team and it has very good plans for 2003 and beyond," Gibson added. "Having won the international FIA GT championship in the class with another Porsche, the Freisinger Porsche from Germany, on these very same tires last year, we have high hopes. We're down here at Sebring with 56 sets of tires for each of the two ZIP Porsches, and there will be probably eight Dunlop engineers from England at Sebring. We're planning for any contingency that comes up; cold weather, hot weather, wet weather or anything. They won't use anywhere near that number of tires, but we'll be ready for anything. We're confident that they'll solve whatever problems come up and go on to win because they have good plans for the year, good backing, good drivers, good cars and a good crew."

"We're very excited to be unveiling our new Porsche GT3 wheel with ZIP Racing," said Bryan Trager, a representative of OZ Racing's motorsports division. "We've had a long-standing relationship with Pratt & Miller, which is working with ZIP Racing, and we thought that the folks at ZIP Racing were the ideal team to aid in the launch of this program in the ALMS.

"Steve [Ivankovich] and everyone else at ZIP Racing are very professional, and we look forward to being in victory circle with them," added Trager.

OZ Racing is an Italian company.

ZIP Racing fields two Porsche GT3 RS cars in the ALMS' GT division. The #33, known affectionately as Sweetness, will be driven at the ALMS season opener at Sebring, Fla. on March 15 by Ivankovich, Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly, while the #39, whose nickname is Vera, will be driven by Brent Sherman, Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi.

Dunlop and OZ products will be displayed at the Hazardous Sports trailer at all the ALMS races this year. Hazardous Sports is the team's primary sponsor.

ZIP Racing's Web site will debut soon at www.ZIPRacing.com, while Hazardous Sports' is under construction at www.hazardous-sports.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Nick Longhi , Andy Lally , Brent Sherman , Spencer Pumpelly