Alton, Virginia (December 19, 2003) -- G&W Motorsports team owner, Cole Scrogham announced today that G&W will campaign their new #81 BMW/Doran sponsored by Rx.com, in the capable hands of 2003 GT Champions Brent Martini and Cort Wagner. Former GM Corvette ace Kelly Collins will be joining the duo for the endurance events.
The driving trio will join the G&W team in cooperation with Michael Shank Racing (MSR) in its Doran JE-4 for the Daytona 24 Hour race, then G&W will take delivery and begin testing its new car before the second round at Homestead. "I can't tell you how happy I am to have this quality of driver lineup for 2004," remarked Scrogham. "I have watched Brent grow from a great amateur when he joined us for Grand-Am Cup in a Porsche to successfully competing in the ranks of championship-winning professional drivers. We have also worked with Cort before and expect him and his ability to develop cars into race winners to be a major asset to the Rx.com/G&W effort. It will be fun to watch them compete at the DP level. As for Kelly, well I don't suppose I will have to motivate him to beat up on those Chevys. His experience will be of tremendous value to us not only in the long races, but in all the testing opportunities we'll have as well."
Both Brent and Cort are excited to join G&W again especially with the addition of longtime friend Collins. "I am very pleased to be joining the growing ranks of DP competitors and to do so with Cort, my close friend and co-driver for the last two years and Kelly, the guy I started racing with in 1995, is fantastic," said Martini. "I know I have a steep learning curve ahead of me but with the experience I gained with the outstanding Ferrari of Washington team last year, Cort and Kelly's influence and the guys at G&W, I am looking forward to being competitive in the #81 Rx.com BMW/Doran."
"I am very happy to be back with G&W, where in '01 we secured the GTS manufacturer's championship. Having driven for and been associated with this team since '99, I can look forward to competing for podium finishes and victories," said Cort Wagner. "I am especially happy to be back with Brent Martini, my championship-winning co-driver from last year, and of course adding Kelly to our development effort and long races puts us in a position to battle with the other DP teams. We are looking forward to capitalizing on the expertise of Cole Scrogham, Price Cobb, and the whole G&W team who have learned a great deal over the last two years with their SRP and DP efforts. Now equipped with the best DP package you can ask for, I like our chances even though there is no shortage of fine DP teams all capable of winning on any given weekend," added Wagner.
"I am really excited to get back to Daytona and looking forward to driving with old friends"; said Kelly Collins. "Cort and Brent will be excellent co-drivers and I couldn't ask for a better driving team. I am also excited about competing in the DP series and hope it continues to expand and grow with the same interest it saw this year," added Collins.
Rx.com is a new venture focused on helping retail healthcare providers and users capitalize on the changes in our country's pharmaceutical healthcare delivery system. Rx.com is a patient oriented, retail focused and manufacturer friendly Internet based pharmacy network being launched in 2004. In creating Rx.com, the goals are to reduce the cost of prescriptions to patients, enhance the information available to patients regarding their health management, work with manufacturers to ensure the efficacy of their drugs and drug programs, while enabling the retail chains and independents to deliver healthcare in the communities they serve. Rx.com is another venture from highly successful, Ft. Worth based, pharmaceutical software developer Ken Hill. Ken's current company is the largest provider of pharmacy software to retail chain drugstores and is committed to cost effective, safe, the highest quality delivery of pharmaceuticals and patient care.
Cole Scrogham formed G&W focused on the philosophy of winning races in a professional and ethical manner. G&W Motorsports went on to win the inaugural Grand Am Championship in 2000, capture both the Grand Am GT and GTS Championships in 2001 and since 2000, G&W Motorsports has amassed an impressive Grand American record with a Porsche Cup, a Grand Am Championship in '00, Grand Am GT and GTS Championships in '00, SRPII Team, Manufacturer and Driver Championships in '03. G&W's Grand Am record includes 51 podiums and 16 wins since the inaugural Grand Am season in 2000.