Mid-Ohio: Grease Monkey Racing preview

Mid Ohio Road Racing Classic, Grease Monkey Racing Preview. Los Angeles, Ca., August 3, 2004---2004 West Coast Barber Dodge 2-Liter Champion, Harrison Brix, will join Gene Sigal in the ...

Mid Ohio Road Racing Classic, Grease Monkey Racing Preview.

Los Angeles, Ca., August 3, 2004---2004 West Coast Barber Dodge 2-Liter Champion, Harrison Brix, will join Gene Sigal in the #04 Grease Monkey Racing SGS Porsche for the Emco Gears Mid Ohio Sports Car Classic on Saturday, August 7th. Brix, 23 from Los Gatos, California won the West Coast Skip Barber Championship in his rookie season, winning 9 out of 14 races. He has also been competing in the Barber National Series. This will be Brix's debut in sports car racing, but his family has been involved in sports car racing for decades. His father, Harry, was a championship team owner in IMSA in the 80's and 90's as well as fielding the Honda powered Motorola car in Cart in 95 and 96. After an accident at Road Atlanta in 1995 left one of his drivers with career ending injuries and two seasons in Indy Cars, Harry Brix left racing to concentrate on business ventures.

"Jean Marchioni has given me a great opportunity to showcase my talent and commitment to motorsports. I am looking forward to the future and I know that Grease Monkey Racing will be instrumental in attaining my long-term goals in racing. Not only do I get to drive for a great team, I get to continue my family's history in sports cars and a long winning tradition," said Harrison Brix.

Even though Harrison grew up going to the races with his father, he never had the opportunity to go racing himself. After a brief stint in karting and a 3-day racing school Harrison was left without a chance in pursuing his race driving dreams. Brix's luck changed while waiting for a flight at London's Heathrow Airport; Harrison tried his luck at a chance to win a Mercedes CL500 in a game of spot the ball. Two weeks later he received the call that would change his life; he won the $75,000 car! Like any self-respecting aspiring racecar driver would do, he sold the car and went racing with the money. While winning the West Coast Formula Dodge Series, Harrison's father stepped in and offered to guide his son in racing. Not financially, but in finding sponsors and opening doors. Harrison also started a sports marketing company, Brix Sports, to find and bring sponsors to motorsports. It's around this time that Grease Monkey Racing's team manager, Jean Marchioni stepped in as well.

"Two drivers I was coaching were racing at Willow Springs with Harrison in February. I saw Harrison win two races quite convincingly that weekend and told myself to watch out for this kid as he will be a star of the future. He reminds me a lot of Alex Barron or Ryan Hunter-Reay, two drivers I have a lot of experience with. One of my goals with Grease Monkey is to put young up and coming Americans in the car. We had Andrew Alfonso in the car at Watkins Glen and are continuing this tradition with Harrison. I think Harrison will do a great job at Mid Ohio and Watkins Glen. My long term goal would be to have Brix and Alfonso in one car and Gene Sigal and a driver from Guatemala in an other," said Jean Marchioni.

Grease Monkey Racing is coming off a pair of sixth place finishes at Watkins Glen and Daytona. The team hopes to improve on those results at Mid Ohio. Official practice starts on Friday, but Grease Monkey will also be on the track on Thursday during the open test day. The extra day will help the rookie team's chances for success at the difficult Mid Ohio circuit.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Barron , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Skip Barber , Gene Sigal , Andrew Alfonso , Harrison Brix