LLUCH FATHER AND SON TO VIE FOR AGT CHAMPIONSHIP
SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. (Nov. 30, 2006) -- Edison Lluch, the veteran sports car racer from Puerto Rico, has one thing standing between him and a second consecutive American GT Challenge series championship.
When the series holds its final race of the season this weekend at the 1.6-mile Autodromo Las Americas here the only driver expected to compete that still has a mathematical chance to beat Lluch for the championship will be his son, Edison Jr.
"Both those guys are serious about their racing, but they are especially serious when they can see each other on the track," said AGT founder Woodson Duncan. "It's been like that since the season opener at Kershaw."
Edison Sr. has led the standings since the start of the season, when he was the overall winner at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C. Edison Jr., who broke his father's qualifying record at CMS, has already clinched the Rookie of the Year Award.
Edison Sr. said after racing door-to-door with his son at CMS, "I feel like a proud father. Winning is good, but racing against your son is the best."
The defending champ has been consistently near the front this season, taking two overall wins; four heat race wins and nine top 10s. The rookie champ has won one heat race and finished in the top 10 four times.
Each AGT event includes two points-paying heat races. The point system is partially based on the size of the starting field, with bonus points available for a variety of accomplishments. The elder Lluch holds a 38-point advantage over his son but can still lose the title if his son wins both heat races.