Golinello to Race World Challenge in New Ford Mustang BOSS 302S
TAMPA, Fla.--Richard Golinello will return to World Challenge competition for 2011, and he will be taking on the GTS class in the new 2012 Ford Mustang BOSS 302S.
With his rookie season under his belt, Golinello is looking forward to running the entire World Challenge season for the first time. Long Road Racing will continue to prep the No. 55 R&C Motorsports Mustang with Crew Chief Mark Canup at the helm. Golinello's R&C Motorsports is also teaming up with Winkler Racing this season to share transportation duties.
Golinello ran several World Challenge races in 2010, which marked his first season of professional racing. He easily made the transition from the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Series to World Challenge, earning sixth and seventh in his first weekend, a double-header at Mid-Ohio. He went on to finish eighth in the season finale at Miller Motorsports Park.
Golinello had intended to spend another season driving his Ford Mustang FR500S. However, while working with Ford Racing during the Performance Racing Industry show in Orlando, Florida, Golinello got his first look at the new BOSS 302S.
"When they said that this car would set the benchmark for the GTS class, I knew I couldn't build a faster car," says Golinello. "Why try to build my 2008 FR500S to compete with it, when the BOSS 302S will already be so strong?"
Golinello is scheduled to take delivery of one of the first Mustangs off the assembly line. In the meantime, he is preparing for the opening round of World Challenge, which will be on the streets of St. Petersburg from March 25-27. Since he lives in nearby Tampa, Golinello is looking forward to hometown support at the double header. "I'm really excited about starting the season in St. Petersburg. A lot of my friends will be coming out to cheer me on," he says.
After an off-season full of testing and local club racing, Golinello is ready to take on the GTS class of World Challenge. "I want to improve with every race, and I want to be on the podium by the end of the year," he says. "I really enjoy this series: it's great competition and a lot of fun."