SCC: Phoenix: Belinda Endress race report

PHOENIX, Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - In her first Grand-Am Cup event, Belinda Endress ran to an eighth-place finish at California Speedway. In the second effort of a two-race agreement, the Newbury Park, California-resident came away with a 12th...

PHOENIX, Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - In her first Grand-Am Cup event, Belinda Endress ran to an eighth-place finish at California Speedway. In the second effort of a two-race agreement, the Newbury Park, California-resident came away with a 12th place in-class finish to add to her impressive racing resume. The #29 Xtreme Island Designs/ Unicom Wireless/ GMG BMW M3 of Endress and James Sofronas fell out on the 107th lap of the 152-lap race after two mechanical woes struck the car. Initially, Endress' GSI-class entry broke a fan belt requiring a pit stop. Shortly after the belt was replaced, the BMW's differential began to leak fluid and the car was parked for the day.

"Even though the car was not as competitive as I hoped it would be, it was set up very well and I had a solid drive at Phoenix," said Endress. "Its unfortunate that the fan belt broke. When the diff [differential] went we had to call it a day."

Endress qualified the Global Motorsports Group (GMG) BMW 16th and was moving strongly through the field until the mechanical ailments sidelined her. She would end the UnitedAuto Sport 250 20th overall.

"I'd like to thank the guys at GMG for all their hard work and for doing all they could to pull things together," Endress continued. "But hey, that's racing. I'm just very grateful to have the opportunity to run."

Xtreme Island Designs (XID) of Honolulu is a maker of high-energy, island-oriented apparel that is sold throughout the United States. A strong supporter of Endress' career for a number of years, XID is excited to be involved in Endress' move into the highly competitive and professional Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series. Unicom Wireless most recently joined Endress for the Grand-Am Cup. The Santa Clarita, Calif. company is the prime provider of wireless products and services for the Santa Clarita Valley.

Endress owns and operates SK Productions, a sports video company. Prior to racing cars she was heavily involved in horse racing, working as an assistant trainer and exercise rider. Currently, outside of her daily work routine and racing, she acts as a safety and high performance-driving instructor in southern California.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Belinda Endress , James Sofronas
Teams Global Motorsports Group