Young guns challenge cagey veterans.
Danville, VA, June 28, 2002: There is a friendly rivalry developing among the Villaconn Motorsport BMW drivers. With six competitive Grand Am Cup license holders in the fold, it was inevitable the day would come when the drivers found themselves racing each other. This weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) for round five of the series, that rivalry looks to intensify as Jonathan Bomarito (Grand Am's youngest ever winner) makes his return to the Villaconn Z3 squad.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan back," explains team principal, Al Villamil. "He almost won on his debut with us here last year. Bomarito is a perfect with our team of race winners."
The 20 year old Californian will team with fellow "young gun" Beau Buisson in the hunt for victory. The driving pair has youth and speed, not to mention race winning experience, on their side. So who can stop them from claiming the top spot at VIR? Teammates, and cagey veteran race winners and championship contenders, Bransen Patch and Don Salama - that's who.
There is no denying that the Patch/Salama partnership has blossomed. They are the example of setting egos aside and passing on individual glory for the better of the effort.
Keeping the pressure on both the "young guns" and "cagey veterans" will be the ever-consistent, Neal Heffron. For the VIR run Heffron will team fast guy Ken Dobson as the pair look to bring the #38 Z3 into the front-running mix.
Previous race winners and potential Grand Am Cup ST1 Champions in every team BMW this weekend promises to provide Villaconn's greatest chance yet for the illusive 1-2-3 sweep of the podium. Be sure to tune in to www.grand-am.com for live timing and scoring of the three hour event. See which pair of Villaconn racers takes the lead in the friendly internal rivalry for top honors.