FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FORMULA FORD 2000 CHAMPION ZAK MORIOKA SETS SIGHTS ON ATLANTIC TEST SESSION HIGHLAND PARK,...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORMULA FORD 2000 CHAMPION ZAK MORIOKA SETS SIGHTS ON ATLANTIC TEST SESSION
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Sept. 12) - 1997 U.S. Formula Ford 2000 National Champion Zak Morioka, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, will participate in a KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship administered test session at Buttonwillow Raceway Park (Calif.) on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The test session was awarded to Morioka by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Yokohama Tire Corporation, KOOL, and Player's, by virtue of Morioka winning the 1997 Formula Ford 2000 championship. The session will be administered in a Ralt RT-41 under the guidance of 1996 and 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic champion Lynx Racing and team manager Steve Cameron. "I;m looking forward to the opportunity to test a KOOL/Toyota Atlantic car," said Morioka. "I have never driven an Atlantic car, but I know they have a lot of things built into them, aerodynamically and otherwise, to make them very fast race cars. "I've never been to Buttonwillow before, so that will be a new track for me too. I know the Atlantic series is a well-run series because my friend, Jeret Schroeder, has run in it for the last two years. He really likes it. I've also attended Atlantic races when the Formula Ford 2000 series has been racing at the same track, and I've watched the Atlantic championship on TV, so I know it is a good series and full of talented drivers." Morioka was a two-time winner in the 1997 U.S. Formula Ford National Championship with victories at Pikes Peak and Mid-Ohio. He also scored podium finishes at Phoenix (third place), Savannah (second place), and Charlotte (third place). The U.S. FF2000 National Championship is jointly sanctioned by USAC and the SCCA, and included a 12-race schedule in 1997 on road courses, street circuits, and ovals. "The KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship couldn't be more pleased with awarding this test to the 1997 Formula Ford 2000 champion, Zak Morioka," said Vicki O'Connor, president of Pro-Motion Agency, Ltd., the company which administers the Atlantic series. "It has long been my belief that the U.S. Formula Ford 2000 championship is one of the most competitive racing series in North America and the best training ground for future Atlantic stars. Formula Ford 2000 drivers receive a well-rounded racing education which properly prepares them for Atlantic competition. This year's "2000" championship and its winner only emphasize my point." This is the third consecutive year that the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship has provided a series administered post-season test to the champion of the U.S Formula Ford 2000 National Championship. Previous winners include Schroeder, of Vineland, N.J.; and Steve Knapp, of Salem, Wis. Schroeder, the 1995 U.S. FF2000 champion and present lead driver for the PPI-MCI Racing Atlantic team, and Knapp, the 1996 U.S. FF2000 champion, both advanced into the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship the following year.
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