River Vale, NJ-Veteran open wheel drivers "Liquid" Lou Cicconi and Bob Berry, Jr. will be joining forces in the 2000 ATQMRA season. Cicconi will be fielding his own ...
River Vale, NJ-Veteran open wheel drivers "Liquid" Lou Cicconi and Bob Berry, Jr. will be joining forces in the 2000 ATQMRA season. Cicconi will be fielding his own #75 car, built by Ron Ambrose, which will be powered by a '92 Kawasaki 750cc motorcycle engine with Berry at the wheel. With Cicconi's busy schedule in season's past, this will mark his return to the organization as a car owner after a 10 year absence. Lou did however drive a very limited amount of races for long time car owner Jerry Morese in 1997. Cicconi will still be driving in the ISMA Supermodified and USAC ranks, while B & B Motorsports (Bob Berry, Jr. and father, Bob Berry, Sr.) will be taking care of the maintenance and transportation of the TQ midget. The 19 year old River Vale, NJ resident is very excited to be driving for the well renowned Cicconi. "It's very flattering that a driver of his (Cicconi) caliber has the trust in me to put me in his car. "I've grown up watching the Cicconi family race everything from T.Q.'s at Pine Brook right on up to the Super's. This is a great opportunity for me and I'm very grateful."
On top of racing a full season with the ATQMRA for Cicconi, Berry will be doing some stock car racing as well. Dates have yet to be announced but he will be driving the #72 D/A Modified owned by Joe Gregorio and usually driven by his son Tim at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Tim will be driving a limited schedule due to prior obligations in which Berry will be filling the seat. Bob has also made arrangements to drive Bill Lowden's #1L Tar-Car Modified at Flemington Speedway. Lowden is in the process of building a second car and has agreed to allow Berry the opportunity to race the back-up car. Berry, Gregorio and Lowden grew up racing 1/4 Midgets together. It is because of this long friendship that Gregorio and Lowden have agreed to let Berry drive their cars. Likewise, B & B Motorsports is in the process of building a second T.Q. in which both Tim Gregorio and Bill Lowden, Jr. will drive select shows with the ATQMRA in 2000. The new car is being prepared by Shadow Racing Products and will be equipped with a Suzuki GSXR750 motorcycle engine. Berry has also begun to make arrangements with some of the countries best kart drivers to race his T.Q. this season including Jace Reynolds, Mike Doty, Eric Garland, Scottie Bodenschatz, and Bill Darcy.
Equally noted in ATQMRA news is the announcement of the return of Tommy Lane to competition. The announcement came on Friday Jan. 14 during the annual Pennzoil Motorsports trade show. Tommy will now be driving the Rotax powered, Bruce's Speed Shop built #01 owned by Carl Storero and driven by Berry for the last three seasons. Tommy ran a total of 6 races with the organization back in 1996 at the wheel of the #20 owned by then President, Bob DeBoise. DeBoise, manufacturer of the infamous Weight Jac-R, is now a contingency sponsor of the ATQMRA. Lane has been a standout kart driver at Flemington in seasons past with many wins and a number of season championships to his name. The 23 year old Passaic, NJ native is very excited to be back with the T.Q.'s and will be gunning for rookie of the year honors in 2000.