Michael Galati to return to Grand Am Cup with King Motorsports. Sullivan, WI -- In the competitive world of the Sports Touring I Class in the Grand Am Cup series, just one or two cases of bad luck can put a team behind in the ten race season...
Michael Galati to return to Grand Am Cup with King Motorsports.
Sullivan, WI -- In the competitive world of the Sports Touring I Class in the Grand Am Cup series, just one or two cases of bad luck can put a team behind in the ten race season long hunt for the Championship. For King Motorsports, two unfortunate mechanical problems this season have put them behind in the hunt. The team has performed very well in the other races, and has successfully climbed into a shot for the Championship sitting only six points out of the lead for the STI Team Championship.
As the team enters into the eighth round of the season at Mont Tremblant they will be without starting driver Mike Van Sicklen. King Motorsports owner Scott Zellner explains:
"Mike was going to miss all of the practice due to other business commitments. With Mont Tremblant being a new track to everyone, we couldn't expect Mike to be able to come in to this class, which is very competitive, and be able to get up to speed."
Van Sicklen's co-driver, Bob Endicott, called upon an old friend of his and of American Honda's, Michael Galati, to see if he was available for the weekend. Galati, who has an Audi S4 ride in World Challenge GT, was eager to help King Motorsports, Endicott, and American Honda win a Championship.
"These guys have always helped me, and I had to try and help them out," said Galati. "I am looking forward to driving at Mont Tremblant too. I saw some pictures. It looks like a pretty interesting track."
For Galati, the move to the Grand Am Cup series will mark his first endurance race since last June when he won an STII race. In the past five years, Galati has been a mainstay in the sprint format Speed World Challenge. Although the Grand Am cup race is longer, Galati doesn't see too much difference from a driver's standpoint:
"I will have to get in the endurance mode once again. Today's endurance racing is pretty much still that you take off and go anyways. In the sprint race, you can't make up for a mistake. In endurance racing, if there is a mistake done, you can make it up, but that doesn't mean it is any less intense."
Endicott is excited to be driving with an old friend.
"We drove together in three races in 1997 in a car I owned," said Endicott. "We made a pretty good team back then, and I am sure he has gotten better since then."
The Mont Tremblant track will be new to the entire series, and Endicott spoke of his initial impressions of the track:
"All I have seen is the video they have on their website, but it looks quite interesting. I talked to someone who actually tested up there, and they said there are several corners where you are completely blind when you crest the hill. You have to hang on and have faith the track will be there like it was last lap, much like Road Atlanta."
With three races remaining, the focus of the team is to make up ground in the Team Championship. King Motorsports sits six points out of first in the Sports Touring I Team Championship.
"As of this stage this is a one race deal with Michael Galati as Van Sicklen has other commitments," added Zellner. "I think with the combination of Michael and Bob's technical ability on what seems to be a very technical track that we should be in pretty good shape. I'm not being overly optimistic, but I think this would be a track that would favor our car."
The three hour / 250 mile race for the Grand Am Cup at Mont Tremblant will take place Saturday, September 14th at 2:30 PM. The race will be aired on Speed TV on September 28th at 5:00 PM.