Jim Epler to head up Saturn Motorsports of San Diego program. San Diego, CA - Saturn Retailers of San Diego General Manager, Laird Mooney, today announced the appointment of former NHRA funny car driver, Jim Epler, as the new Director of ...
Jim Epler to head up Saturn Motorsports of San Diego program.
San Diego, CA - Saturn Retailers of San Diego General Manager, Laird Mooney, today announced the appointment of former NHRA funny car driver, Jim Epler, as the new Director of Motorsports for Saturn Motorsports of San Diego's Sport Compact Racing and Specialty Components Division.
Epler will spearhead the development of a full line of high-performance after-market products, ground effect kits and cosmetic products for Saturn and other GM vehicles. In addition, Epler will be in charge of furthering the development of the newly formed Saturn Motorsports of San Diego Race Team, which will consist of multiple Sport Compact entries. Tentative plans for 2004 also include a Jim Epler Drag Racing School.
Epler brings 25 years of racing experience in motocross, drag bikes, drag boats, alcohol funny car and nitro funny car to Saturn and is excited about a new phase of racing. "I don't think we've seen this much passion about cars since the 50's and 60's and it can be directly attributed to the explosive interest in sport compact racing and import drag racing."
Epler further noted, "There's a whole new generation of customers entering sport compact racing and many others really into customizing their cars in a big way. Our product development will focus entirely on that market."
Epler is also looking forward to working with his new motorsports team, Wes Carter, Kris Callier, Mike Galanos, Tyler Robles, Andre Budaj, Mike Kounts and Jimmy Allmon, who hope to bring Saturn to the winner's circle soon. While Saturn has yet to be recognized as a forerunner in racing, Epler states that's about to change. "GM has debuted their new 4-cylinder Ecotec engine and it's heralded to be as evolutionary in 2002 as the 265 V-8 was in 1955. The mild tune-up makes 600 hp with the hot rod motor capable of 750 hp so we're pretty excited to take delivery of these engines and know we'll see some major leaps in performance from our Saturn Team." The team plans to compete for championships in four different categories in 2003.
Saturn Retailers of San Diego have six stores in the greater San Diego area with the motorsports division currently headquartered in the Kearny Mesa dealership.