Belinda Endress gets creative to finish Grand-Am at VIR. ALTON, Va., Wednesday, September 4, 2002 -- Belinda Endress drove through a grocery list of obstacles to finish 11th in the hotly contested Grand-American Cup Street Stock Series GS II...
Belinda Endress gets creative to finish Grand-Am at VIR.
ALTON, Va., Wednesday, September 4, 2002 -- Belinda Endress drove through a grocery list of obstacles to finish 11th in the hotly contested Grand-American Cup Street Stock Series GS II class at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) over the weekend. The Newbury Park, California-resident piloted the # 31 Audi Quattro S4 for The R.A.C.E. Team, Inc. with co-driver and car owner, Raff McDougall through some of the most treacherous conditions of her career. Like much of the weekend, the 250-mile race was run in the rain. A parade lap pit stop to attempt to correct a fogging windshield put Endress, driving for the first time at VIR and in the Audi, a lap behind from the start. However, she overcame the difficulty through quick thinking and ingenious problem solving to take the checkered flag.
"It was a real disappointment that the windshield fogged up so badly," offered the former Women's Global GT Series standout. "As soon as we started the parade lap it fogged up, I mean really fogged up! I had no choice but to pit. I was lucky just to make it around the track! We wiped the shield only for it to completely fog up as I went through turn-one. I navigated blindly around to pit again. I had to do that five times. I asked for a rag on a stick so I could wipe the shield as I went down the straights. I got into a rhythm of going through the corners: short shifting, wiping, shifting, wiping. I radioed in at one point, saying 'we will never give up!' and we didn't. All things considered, we finished pretty well. VIR was fun and technical. The R.A.C.E. Team was just super to work with and the Audi was a blessing to drive in the rain. All-in-all it was a fun, wet and wild race weekend!"
Xtreme Island Designs (XID) of Honolulu is the primary sponsor of the former stuntwoman's Audi. XID 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 followed her into the highly competitive and professional Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series in early 2002.
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.
For more on Belinda Endress please see www.GodSpeedOnWheels.com. To learn about XID, please visit www.godspeedonwheels.com/xidwrite. Visit www.raceteam.org to learn more about The R.A.C.E. Team.