Canada TCC: Lombardi Honda Racing Team names drivers

NICK WITTMER, ALEX HEALY AND BENJAMIN DISTAULO TO WEAR LOMBARDI COLOURS IN CANADIAN TOURING CAR Montreal, January 6, 2010.- Today the Lombardi Honda Racing Team, victorious in the 2009 Canadian Touring Car Championship, announced its new...

NICK WITTMER, ALEX HEALY AND BENJAMIN DISTAULO TO WEAR LOMBARDI COLOURS IN CANADIAN TOURING CAR

Montreal, January 6, 2010.- Today the Lombardi Honda Racing Team, victorious in the 2009 Canadian Touring Car Championship, announced its new line-up of drivers to sport their colours throughout the 2010 season at the helm of their Super Touring Honda Civic Si's. Champion driver Nick Wittmer will be joined by Ontarian Alex Healy and Quebecker Benjamin Distaulo.

Last year's Canadian Touring Car Champions, after multiple titles in Honda's one-make series, The Lombardi Honda Racing Team is not leaving anything to chance with their selection of an experienced and talented driver line-up, as explained by Tony Lombardi, team owner: "I am very happy with our choice of drivers for 2010. They all have the potential to win races and the title" he declares, "We wanted three drivers that would battle during every lap to ensure our colours would triumph and that's exactly what we have with -- in order of car number - Nick, Alex, and Benjamin" he adds.

In his number 1 Civic Si, Montrealer Nick Wittmer intends to do everything possible to maintain his crown : "I'm really looking forward to the start of the season and defending my title this year. I have full confidence that we will once again have very competitive equipment; our Civics are built with stock parts and truly respect the philosophy behind Touring Car racing. Winning races and taking home the championship is my goal" explains Nick.

Another driver with immense talent is Ottawa's young Alex Healy, who joins the team for the 2010 season. Multi-time karting champion, Alex claimed three podiums in five starts during his Touring Car debut in 2008. Last year he earned ten "Top Ten" finishes in sixteen attempts and was named Rookie of the Year. Alex Healy, 20, is without a doubt one of the most promising Canadian drivers. He does not hide his enthusiasm upon joining the Lombardi Honda Racing Team : " I am ecstatic to be a part of the Lombardi team, it's a dream come true. The entire team is fantastic, they gave me a lot of parts and advice last year, even if I was a competitor" explains Alex. He adds : "I am really excited to team up with Ben (Distaulo) and Nick (Wittmer), who are both excellent drivers. My main goal is to win the championship, while learning and helping Lombardi achieve the best results possible". Alex Healy will compete with the number 5 on his Civic Si.

Former open-wheel (F1600, Atlantic) driver Benjamin Distaulo also joins the Lombardi Honda Racing team after several successful seasons in the Toyota Cup and one learning season with his own Honda Civic in the Canadian Touring Class Championship. For the driver from Ville Lorraine, joining the Lombardi team is also a dream come true : "I am very proud to have been selected by Tony Lombardi to drive one of his cars. I feel honoured to be part of this legendary team" indicates Distaulo, "I'm sure that I will always have the best car. This is the biggest opportunity in my career -- I am part of a top race team with a car that can win" adds the Quebec driver, whose Civic Si will don the number 6.

The 2010 Canadian Touring Car Championship season will start in May at Mosport in Ontario. The series will also return to several high profile Canadian motorsports events including the Toronto Honda Indy GP, The Grand-Prix de Trois-Rivières, and perhaps Montreal's Grand Prix of Canada in June.

Lombardi Honda will contest all of the 2010 events. Information concerning dealers is available on the website www.lombardihonda.com. For more information on the racing team, please visit www.lombardihondaracing.com.

-source: lombardi honda

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