XM SATELLITE RADIO AND VICI RACING Team Up For 2006 Rolex Grand American Sportscar Series Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype program to build on team's 2005 IMSA GT3 Challenge Cup successes Miami, Florida - VICI Racing and XM Satellite Radio...
XM SATELLITE RADIO AND VICI RACING Team Up For 2006 Rolex Grand American Sportscar Series
Porsche-powered Daytona Prototype program to build on team's 2005 IMSA GT3 Challenge Cup successes
Miami, Florida - VICI Racing and XM Satellite Radio will follow up their inaugural 2005 IMSA GT3 Challenge Cup season with a potent new Porsche- powered entry in the 2006 Rolex Grand American Sportscar Series. The XM Satellite Radio VICI Racing Daytona Prototype (DP) debuts at the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 26 - 29.
"VICI Racing and Porsche have a long and very successful history," said Ron Meixner, the founder and team president of VICI Racing. "With Porsche's powerful new 3.8-liter Flat-6 race engine and XM Satellite Radio's strong support, we fully expect to be a competitive threat in what is sure to be a highly contested category." Ron Meixner cites the new spec-series Porsche engine's superb performance potential, low center of gravity and optimal packaging characteristics as critical attributes.
The XM Satellite Radio VICI Racing DP car is the latest in a long line of Porsche-powered race cars for Ron Meixner. The team's association with Porsche dates back over two decades and includes countless trips to victory podiums across the world, from a spectacular GT class victory in the 1993 Daytona 24 Hours to last year's IMSA GT3 Challenge Cup win. Ron Meixner's personal affinity for Porsche race cars began when he campaigned the Joest Porsche 962 and IMSA GTP sports cars in North America and Europe during the early 1990s.
VICI Racing and XM Satellite Radio joined forces in early 2005, entering a Porsche GT3 Cup racer in the inaugural North American IMSA GT3 Challenge Cup. The partnership resulted in instant success, with the XM Satellite Radio VICI Racing Porsche not only qualifying for its first pole, but dominating all practice and qualifying sessions before winning the opening race. Nineteen-year-old California driver Nathan Swartzbaugh took over the wheel for the remainder of the season and performed extremely well, capping off his first season of high-level racing with a podium finish.
For 2006, VICI Racing is fully focused on building a world-class Grand Am program, backed by Porsche and XM Satellite Radio. "We can't think of a more intense sports car racing experience this side of the Atlantic than the 2006 Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series," said Bill Colleran, commercial director, VICI Racing. "XM Satellite Radio's sponsorship only reinforces that this is the major league road racing series today for showcasing technical ability. And, the fact that we are building our new program in conjunction with Porsche is really the icing on the cake."
Since the introduction of the 'Daytona Prototype' category in 2003, the Rolex Grand American Sportscar Series has become North America's fastest- growing racing series, with packed grids, non-stop track action and enthusiastic race fans. The historic Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is the premier showcase for U.S. sport car racing and this year's event is expected to exceed last year's record 52 entries.
About VICI RACING
VICI Racing is part of the VICI GROUP, a multinational enterprise with roots that go back to the late 1980's when it started life in Bavaria, Germany. VICI Racing was formed by Ron Meixner - whose long top-level racing career included spells driving the famous Group C Porsche 956/962 as well as the Porsche IMSA GTP, for the factory-supported Joest Porsche team - and a select team of highly experienced automotive and motor racing engineers to structure their abilities and talent in a more progressive manner.
One of VICI Racing's finest racing achievements came during the 1993 edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona, the first race that the team entered in North America following its expansion from Germany to Florida, a logistical move which was taking place at the time. The race proved to be a stunning success, and one which put the name of VICI Racing firmly on the map. In their very first participation in a long distance race, the team steamrollered their way to class victory after 24 hours of tough racing. Not only this, but they finished a whole hour ahead of the second placed Porsche, having snatched the class lead after 7 hours. They never surrendered the GT lead once during the final 17 hours of racing.
Today VICI GROUP is a multinational organisation with a wealth of experience not only in the automotive sector, both on the road and the race track, but also in the marine and aeronautical sectors. The corporate synergies of the individual divisions allows for a very high standard of flexibility within the group, and along with the strategic abilities of its staff, means that VICI GROUP is well placed to face any challenges laid before it. For more information about VICI Racing please visit www.viciracing.com