Pobst, Baas and White to unveil the APR Motorsport 2008 Koni Challenge Sport Touring VW GTI Race Car at PRI
Orlando, FL - December 5, 2007 - APR, LLC, the world's leading Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche performance engineering firm, will be displaying one of it's three Volkswagen GTI race cars at the Koni booth during the PRI show starting this Thursday, December 6, 2007.
Professional drivers Randy Pobst, Ian Baas and Mark White will be on hand to unveil the never before seen car they will be driving in the Koni Sport Touring class in Grand Am this season. Drivers will be available for interviews, autographs and photos from approximately 10am until 4pm on Thursday, only.
APR entered professional racing earlier this year with the formation of APR Motorsport, LLC.
Pulling off what might be the coup of the year in racing, APR Motorsport has signed ten time national series champion Randy Pobst to drive for the team. Pobst, fresh off his third World Challenge Speed GT Championship in six years, narrowly missed the famed "double", coming close to winning both the Speed Touring Car and GT Championship in the same year. Pobst missed out only after being punted off the track in the final laps of the final Touring Car race of the season. In hiring Pobst, APR Motorsport brings one of America's top talents back to the Grand American series, where Pobst has won two Daytona 24 Hour championships and has 9 Grand Am race wins.
Pobst said about the move "I have worked with the guys at APR for years in development and testing, and as soon as I heard they were founding a race team, I wanted in." He went on to say "I started my professional racing career in 1981 in a Volkswagen Rabbit in the inaugural Rabbit Cup, so this opportunity brings me full circle and gives me an opportunity to relive a lot of great memories." Pobst additionally noted "With APR's technology, professionalism and work ethic, I expect us to challenge for the championship. My co-drivers, Ian Baas and Mark White. bring vast experience to the team and I am totally comfortable with these guys as I have raced with each in the past years. Our team chemistry is simply unmatchable"
The second major signing for APR Motorsport is Ian Baas, who has raced with Pobst in 2005 in ALMS in a Porsche GT3RSR, as well as in 2006 in Grand Am's Rolex GT series in a Porsche GT3R, won the Daytona 24 Hour co-driving with Randy in 2006. Besides racing in Rolex in 2006, Baas spent the full season in Porsche's Carrera Cup in Germany, as well as racing select Porsche SuperCup races all over the globe. In 2007, Baas raced for STaSIS Engineering in Speed World Challenge Touring Car, as well as for At Speed Motorsports and Farnbacher-Loles in Rolex GT. Baas reviewed his recent hiring by APR Motorsport by simply stating "I cannot tell you how excited I am to work with APR and be back on a team with Randy. On top of all this, APR just signed Mark White, with whom I spent many races in Rolex GT in 2007. Mark is fast, consistent and physically and mentally tough. I am just so happy to be involved with such a great team that has shown it's seriousness in signing such top notch co-drivers as Pobst and White."
White, who garnered a staggering record of 10 podiums in 12 starts, set multiple records en route to a second place finish in the ALMS IMSA Lites Prototype Series. White was one of the many drivers looked at by APR to join this exceptional first year effort, with the team selecting White over many top racers due to the recommendations of Pobst and Baas directly. White has raced in fives series in multiple countries, and brings his clean, fast driving style and his infamous mental and physical toughness to a team already stacked with talent. and fitness base
White noted " I cannot thank the guys at APR Motorsport enough, along with my co-drivers, Pobst and Baas, who recommended me for this ride. The chemistry assembled on this team is tremendous and I am thrilled to be part of it! APR's tuning prowess is unsurpassed and Rand and Ian are both at the top of the game. Mix in these facts with an awesome platform like Volkswagen GTI and we should have a potent combination right out of the gate."