FRESNO, CALIF. (March 1, 2002) - PR1 Motorsports today announced their driver line up for the 2002 race season. Lawson Aschenbach, Travis Irving, and Sean McIntosh will all contest the Zetec Championship in 2002. Aschenbach, of Gaithersburg,...
FRESNO, CALIF. (March 1, 2002) - PR1 Motorsports today announced their driver line up for the 2002 race season.
Lawson Aschenbach, Travis Irving, and Sean McIntosh will all contest the Zetec Championship in 2002.
Aschenbach, of Gaithersburg, Md., competed on the national level last year in the SCCA Formula Ford division, where he found great success. Aschenbach is new to the PR1 team this year and team owner Bobby Oergel is looking forward to working with him.
Irving, of Chino Hills, Calif., returns for his second year with the team in 2002. Irving, has moved up the ranks racing Formula Ford and a select number of Zetec Championship races last year. In his professional debut, Irving finished an impressive third place on the challenging Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Irving will be looking build on that success this year.
McIntosh, of Coquitlam, B.C., Can. will race the entire Zetec Championship in 2002, after running a limited summer schedule last year. The sixteen-year-old has shown great progress in off-season testing and is very excited about the upcoming season.
"To win the Zetec Championship will take a lot of hard work and commitment," said McIntosh. "I believe our team has what it takes."
"Having worked with Sean and Travis for two years, and racing against Lawson last year I know these drivers have tremendous talent, " said Oergel. "They all will be competing for rookie of the year honors, and we believe that they will also be strong contenders for the championship this season. We are definitely looking forward to the first race of the season."
PR1 Motorsports was built on the premise that drivers need to have a place to go after karting. Many drivers today try to make the jump from karting straight to the Zetec Championship without success. Oergel believes that the Formula Ford 1600 class is a great place to learn before jumping to the 2.0-liter Zetec level. With that premise in mind, PR1 also has a Formula Ford 1600 team and a driver-testing and development program.
Seventeen-year-old Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., will compete on a national level in the Formula Ford division this year with hopes of moving up the ladder in 2003. Kimball, who is a multi-time national champion in karting, came to the team's testing program in 2002. Now filling Kimball's spot in the testing program will be thirteen-year-old Joel Miller. Miller of Hesperia, Calif., who has found much success in karting, will continue to race karts on a full time basis along side the formula ford testing program.