DETROIT, Feb. 22, 2002 - Marty Ladwig has been selected by GM Racing to drive Pontiac Sunfires' sport compact drag racing entry in 2002. "We are very pleased to have Marty join our team," said Josh Peterson, GM Racing program manager. With his...
DETROIT, Feb. 22, 2002 - Marty Ladwig has been selected by GM Racing to drive Pontiac Sunfires' sport compact drag racing entry in 2002.
"We are very pleased to have Marty join our team," said Josh Peterson, GM Racing program manager. With his proven track record in motorsports racing we feel he has what it takes to make the Pontiac Sunfire racing program a success. Everyone at GM Racing has a great deal of assurance that Marty will work hard and get the job done."
From his start in bracket racing in 1985 to his success in the AMA/Prostar 600 Supersport motorcycle class, Ladwig knows what it takes to be a champion. Now he's hoping his motorsports knowledge and experience will transfer over to the sport compact drag racing series where Ladwig will compete in the NHRA Hot Rod class and the IDRC Quick-16 class.
"I am very excited to be a part of this program," said Ladwig. "Excited really isn't the word to describe how I feel. This is a pretty neat deal and I'm very happy that GM has given me this opportunity. I love Pontiacs, and to be able to race the Sunfire with the help of GM is a dream come true."
The San Antonio native is the only racer in the AMA/Prostar 600 Supersport class to win the national championship in back-to-back seasons (1999-2000). He was voted 1999 AMA/Prostar sportsman rider of the year and won the 1999 AMA/Prostar West Coast Series 66 SS championship. Although most of his experience comes from guiding motorcycles, he doesn't foresee any problems with the change to four-wheel competition.
"Believe it or not, it's actually pretty similar," explained Ladwig. "Both the Sunfire that I drive now, and the motorcycles I've ridden in the past are very high horsepowered and can be wild. There are a lot of similarities in the way they pull as well, so it hasn't been a real difficult transition. I think I'm just so excited about racing that the change hasn't even fazed me.
"From my experience in motorcycle racing I think the best thing I can bring to the program is my ability to cut good lights. That is one of the things I am best at and what I've tried to build my reputation on throughout my racing career."
Ladwig is very familiar with the sport compact series and was even considering building a Pontiac Sunfire to compete. He then got the call from General Motors.
"I've wanted to get into front-wheel drive racing for a long time," said Ladwig. "I've always been into Pontiacs. I own a Pontiac Firebird, and I was going to build a Sunfire for the all-motor class towing it to the races with my Firebird. GM found out about my plans and here I am."