Rx.com G&W Motorsports Drivers Wrap-Up Season at Home FONTANA, Calif. (October 28, 2004) -- Rx.com G&W Motorsports drivers Cort Wagner and Brent Martini will wrap-up the Rolex Sports Car Series season close to home this weekend.
Rx.com G&W Motorsports Drivers Wrap-Up Season at Home
FONTANA, Calif. (October 28, 2004) -- Rx.com G&W Motorsports drivers Cort Wagner and Brent Martini will wrap-up the Rolex Sports Car Series season close to home this weekend. Wagner, of Los Angeles, and Martini, of Laguna Beach, will pilot the Rx.com No. 81 BMW Doran Daytona Prototype in the Lexus Grand American Champions Weekend at California Speedway.
Although the 2004 season was a developmental one for the Rx.com team, the No. 81 BMW Doran made an impressive debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a podium finish. Heading into round four of the season, the team was at the top of the point standings. However, bad luck plagued the team midseason, and it enters this weekend's race out of contention for the championship.
"I'd say it has been an exciting year for the team with lots of success and adversities all contributing to the overall growth and development of G&W Motorsports; positioning the team to run for a DP championship in 2005," Martini said.
"As a driver, it's been a huge learning curve for me; especially coming into the season four races in," continued Martini, who was forced to sit out the first part of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery. "Overall, I think the cars are fantastically fun to drive, matching superior technology with drive input, capabilities and endurance. Racing against and with the finest road racers in the world has been a privilege and a major contributor to my growth and enjoyment in the sport."
Wagner looked back on the 2004 season and described it as, "great racing, great experiences and, best of all, great people, which is what makes driving for this great team an incredibly rewarding experience."
G&W Motorsports will also field three Porsches in the Champions Weekend.
Mae Van Wijk (Kingwood, Texas) will bring her rookie season to a close at the wheel of the No. 86 Porsche GT3 Cup, sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com. The 21-year-old had an impressive season, garnering three top-five finishes in the SGS class. This weekend, Van Wijk will partner with Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.). However, it was announced earlier this month she would team with David Murry (Cumming, Ga.) for the entire 2005 season in the Rolex Series' new GT class.
Mark Greenberg (Boston, Mass) and Spencer Pumpelly (Mason Neck, Va.) will team in the No. 77 Porsche GT3 RS, sponsored by NETTS and Louis Boston. The duo was only able to compete in four events this season but scored top-five GT finishes at each one, including two podium appearances. Greenberg and Pumpelly will look to go out on top this weekend, taking aim at the one spot on the podium they have yet to reach this year - the top.
G&W Motorsports will also field a Porsche in Saturday's Lexus Grand American 250 featuring the Grand-Am Cup Series. Tracy Krohn (Manderville, La.) and Joe Fox (Charlotte, N.C.) will be at the controls of the No. 81 Porsche 996, sponsored by W&T Offshore and Brooke. The pair picked up a podium finish early in the season and hopes to repeat that performance in this weekend's finale.
The weekend schedule gets underway on Friday, October 29 with Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup practice sessions. Saturday, October 30, will feature qualifying for both series, as well as the Grand-Am Cup Series season finale, the Lexus Grand American 250 at 2 p.m. PT. Sunday's Lexus Grand American 400k will feature the Rolex Series. The green flag is slated to drop at 1 p.m. PT.
Sunday's Rolex Series race will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel beginning at 4 p.m. EST. The Grand-Am Cup race will air tape delayed on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. EST.
Zippo Live Timing & Scoring will be available for every on-track session at www.grandamerican.com. The site will also feature live audio webcasts of Saturday's Lexus Grand American 250 and Sunday's Lexus Grand American 400k.
G&W Motorsports, based outside of Danville, Va., at Virginia International Raceway, is the most successful team in the Rolex Sports Car Series, capturing the inaugural GT championship in 2000, both the GT and GTS championships in 2001 and the SRP II championship in 2003. G&W Motorsports is the only team to compete in every Rolex Series race since the series' inception, accumulating 15 class wins and more than 50 podium finishes in class. For additional information on G&W Motorsports, visit www.gandwmotorsports.com.