Pritiko to join Sunoco's Team Ultra 94
Matt Pritiko picked to join Sunoco's Team Ultra 94 in 2005 Bridgestone Academy F2000 series
MOSPORT, ONTARIO London karter Matt Pritiko has taken a huge step forward in his dream to be a car racer. On October 8, Pritiko attended the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship Presented by Toronto Star Wheels Evaluation Day, and he left with one of the three coveted Sunoco Team Ultra 94 drives for 2005.
Pritiko will join new Sunoco teammates Marco Di Leo and Robert Wickens in the Bridgestone Academy's F2000 championship. "This is a great day," Pritiko said. "I am really happy to have been given this opportunity by Ron and Sunoco. This team is highly regarded and to be selected to join the team for 2005 is just great."
Pritiko was in tough as he and nine of the top karters in the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship were all competing for the three available seats. Early in the going, Pritiko's original car developed a leak in the radiator and he had to switch cars. "I liked my original car more than the second one. I was really happy when they fixed the first one. The mechanics did a great job to get me back in my original car."
Pritiko joins a team with a illustrious history. Since the Sunoco Ultra 94 team was formed in 2003, one of the team drivers has won the Bridgestone Academy's series each year. The original champion was Matt Champagne in 2003. Innisfil's Frank Launi won it this year, and next year it will be up to Pritiko and his teammates to uphold the team honour. "It is an honour to be on the team, but we have to perform. I think all three of us will be strong and I hope to be able to do well and win some races next year."
Matt Pritiko Fast Facts
Matt Pritiko is one of Canada's up and coming stars of motorsport. He is from London Ontario where he attends A.B. Lucas Secondary School in grade 11 with a 73 percent academic level. In 2002, Pritiko is was 2nd in F125/80cc in the Point Pelee Championships and took home the 2002 Most Sportsmanlike award. Also in 2002, he was 5th at Gainesville, Florida in 80cc- SKUSA Winter Tour, had a win and a second at Daytona 80cc - World Karting Association. In 2003, Pritiko took home 3rd at Dousman in 80cc- World Karting Association, 4th at Concord 80cc, 3rd in Norway 80cc, which gave him 4th in the 80cc World Karting Association Championship. He was also third at the Dodge Freedom Festival Grand Prix in 80cc- (CART Stars of Tomorrow).
Pritiko is supported by Birel and Burwell Auto Body.