MCI WOLRDCOM/PPI TOYOTA ATLANTIC TEAM SIGNS ANDREW BORDIN TO TEAM WITH ANTHONY LAZZARO FOR 1999 SEASON RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (December 10, 1998) - Precision Preparation, Inc. (PPI) announced today it has signed Andrew Bordin to drive...
MCI WOLRDCOM/PPI TOYOTA ATLANTIC TEAM SIGNS ANDREW BORDIN TO TEAM WITH ANTHONY LAZZARO FOR 1999 SEASON
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (December 10, 1998) - Precision Preparation, Inc. (PPI) announced today it has signed Andrew Bordin to drive in KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship competition in 1999. Bordin, in only his first year of Atlantic competition, finished second in the 1998 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship standings.
Bordin will drive the number 24 PPI-prepared Swift and team with Anthony Lazzaro, who drives the number 25 MCI WorldCom Swift. Lazzaro finished fourth in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship last year and won the Jovy Marcelo Sportsmanship Award at the season-ending banquet. The team's engineer Gerald Tyler was also honored with the Engineer of the Year award. The pairing gives the MCI WorldCom/PPI Toyota Atlantic team a formidable duo to compete for the 1999 Toyota Atlantic Championship.
"Andrew is a great addition to this young team that excelled not only in comradely, team spirit and dedication, but had tremendous on-track results during the 1998 season with Anthony Lazzaro behind the wheel of the MCI WorldCom entry, and his two teammates Jeff Shafer and Masaoki Nagashima," said Cal Wells III, team owner. "We expect to be a continued force in Toyota Atlantic racing next season with both Anthony and Andrew."
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Andrew," said Nick Harvey, PPI Atlantic team manager. "He's a driver with great natural ability and has proven himself as a race winner. I think he'll benefit from the dynamics of a two-car operation and the experience of Anthony Lazzaro. With the combination of Andrew and Anthony we are very confident of putting a formidable package on the 1999 circuit."
"I've reached the point in my career where I need to be affiliated with a team with the caliber of the MCI WorldCom/PPI Toyota Atlantic team," said Bordin. "This team provides a lot of opportunity from the perspective of being a driver, coupled with an excellent engineering group. To make a car go fast you need a strong engineering group which knows the ins and outs of the car; this team clearly has that with Gerald Tyler [team engineer] and Nick Harvey [team manager]. There is plenty of room to learn. Teaming with Anthony Lazzaro will also be beneficial. He's been a good driver for a long time, and with this being just my second year in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, I can learn a lot from him. I'm sure he'll push me and I'll push him.
"Last year I finished second; this year I want to win the championship. Eventually I would like to be in the FedEx Championship Series, and to do that I think you have to dominate your series. A lot of teams are stepping up and competing for the championship, and my goal is to win."
Bordin, of Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, won the 1998 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Rookie of the Year award, claimed his first career victory in Vancouver, had a total of four podium finishes and nine top-five finishes, set a track record by posting the fastest lap of the race at Road America and posted the fastest lap of the race at Long Beach. As a youth growing up in Canada, Bordin was a talented soccer and hockey player, but eventually his passion for karting convinced him to focus on racing.
PPI entered Atlantic competition in 1997 to establish an in-house development program for drivers and team members. In its first year, the MCI Toyota Atlantic Team scored three top-five finishes, ranking ninth in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. In its second season, the team claimed three victories, three poles, seven top-five finishes and eight top-ten finishes, finishing fourth in the championship. The series, which just completed its 25th year, is the longest-running open-wheel development series in North America, with races in the United States and Canada.
Precision Preparation, Inc. (PPI) started by Cal Wells III in 1979, specializes in building winning off-road racing trucks. PPI has won 23 off-road championships and now features a work force of almost 130 employees at its facilities in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Wells expanded his winning team and company into other racing venues, partnering with veteran CART team owner Frank Arciero Sr. in 1995 to form Arciero-Wells. In 1999, the team is campaigning driver Cristiano da Matta in the MCI WorldCom-sponsored entry, and Scott Pruett in the Pioneer Electronics-sponsored entry. The drivers use a 1999 Reynard chassis, powered by Toyota with Firestone Tires.
PPI will continue its off-road racing team with Ivan "Ironman" Stewart at the wheel of an MCI WorldCom-sponsored, Toyota Trophy-Truck powered by a Tundra Racing V8 in the SCORE Off-Road Series.
BORDIN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1998 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, B.D.J.S. Team Toyota, Swift/Toyota/Yokohama. Finished second in driver's championship. Claimed first career victory at Vancouver; earned four podium finishes and nine top-five finishes. Posted fastest lap of the race and set a track record at Road America, and posted fastest lap of the race at Long Beach. Was the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Rookie of the Year.
1997 PPG/Firestone Indy Lights Championship, Bordin Racing Lola/Wildcat/Firestone Indy Lights. Ran limited schedule (nine races) as both driver and team owner. Claimed a top-ten finish in Toronto.
1996 Formula Ford 2000 Championship. In his first season in the Formula Ford 2000 Championship, finished third in the driver's championship and second in Rookie of the Year honors.
1995 Canadian Formula Ford 1600 Championship. In his first season in the Canadian Formula Ford 1600 Championship , won driver's championship and Rookie of the Year award.
1994 Formula Vee 1200 cc. Attended the Jim Russell Racing School and finished second in his first open-wheel car race, at Mosport Park.
World Karting Association Championship. Won the Grand National Championship.
1993 Canadian Formula A Karting Championship. Finished second.
World Karting Association Championship. Finished third overall.