Cindi Lux, the inaugural 1999 Women's Global GT Series Champion, continues to forge forward in her sports car racing career. She heads to Daytona Beach, Florida this week for the annual Test Days for the Rolex 24 at Daytona race, held February 3-4, 2001, to test the new SRPII Pilbeam racer.
Lux will be piloting the Pilbeam MP 84, the 2000 European champion in the Sport Racer Prototype lights category. This will be Lux's first entry into open cockpit racing. Her racing background has included driving Showroom Stock, Production and IT (Improved Touring) class cars of the SCCA, NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, Legends cars, Mitsubishi factory racer, the Women's Global GT Series' Panoz GTR and, most recently, the American Le Mans Series in a Porsche GT3R. The Pilbeam chassis, fitted with a Nissan 3.0-litre V6, debuted in 1999 and won its very first race. This proven winner is coming to America to compete in the SRPII class of the Grand American Road Racing Series.
"Needless to say, I was very interested and intrigued when Pilbeam Racing America called about having me drive their new SRPII car. It is a relatively new car in the United States, however the results in Europe have been very impressive," said Lux, of Aloha, Oregon. "I'm real excited to not only have the opportunity to drive the Pilbeam, but also to be able to help introduce it to the U.S. market. This is another advancement in my career to be able to step up to the SRPII class with the calibre of car of the Pilbeam."
"Pilbeam Racing America is working to develop an outstanding program for sports car racing and we're bringing it first to the U.S. Grand-Am Series. Testing Cindi in the car is something we wanted to try and we're looking forward to this weekend at Daytona," said Alfred Kobacker, CEO of AP Sports Group Inc., parent of Pilbeam Racing America.
Last September Lux, along with teammates and Women's Global GT competitors Divina Galica and Belinda Endress, had a very successful run in the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, finishing fifth in class in a stellar effort. This racing effort brought additional media attention to Lux as she continued to work on moving up through the sports car ranks. A television feature on Lux and her Petit Le Mans teammates is scheduled to air in late January 2001 on the Oxygen channel.
Lux has been busy the past few months keeping her driving skills honed by conducting numerous corporate and ride-and-drive programs.