Horton Motorsports Enter 2008 SPEED Touring Car with Patrick Lindsey
Murrieta, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2007) - Patrick Lindsey made his professional racing debut with Horton Motorsports, LLC in SPEED World Challenge Touring Car, driving a Mazda 6 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2007. Lindsey, who has for the last three years dominated in NASA Pro Racing events by winning an unprecedented two national championships and placing second in his rookie outing at NASA nationals, stated that he is looking forward to the close competition in SPEED Touring Car.
"It's a class of the best drivers in America, fighting for position in the closest racing series in the country," Lindsey said. "What's not to like?"
At the Mazda Raceway season finale in October, Lindsey was sure his skills would be challenged. Knowing that it was the last race of the season and everyone was playing for keeps, Lindsey, who hadn't seen the course at Laguna Seca in nine years and had only three short test days in the car beforehand, got right to work. Each practice session saw his lap times improve. Working with team owner, John Horton, who is also the team's crew chief/engineer and Eric Fletcher, his driving coach and the newly formed team's manager, Lindsey was able to qualify eighteenth out of twenty three cars.
"Front wheel drive is a whole new world, but I'm getting comfortable with it pretty quickly," said Lindsey who has been racing AWD and rear drive before joining the Horton Motorsports team. "The No. 57 Mazda 6 looks like it will do very well next season, because John Horton and the team at Horton Motorsports have completely rebuilt the car from top to bottom, changed the geometry and the balance of the car, sparing no expense to achieve the car's maximum capabilities," added Lindsey.
On race day Lindsey climbed behind the wheel of the Mazda 6 knowing that World Challenge drivers are fierce competitors, but feeling confident that he was up to the task.
"Achieving a clean start was our first priority, because somebody always comes together at the beginning of each race and I didn't want us to be in it," Horton said.
After fifty minutes of green and yellow flags Lindsey brought the Mazda home in twelfth place in his rookie outing. "I'm happy with my performance and very happy with the car and team. I can't wait to run the full season next year," said a grinning Lindsey.
"We have a busy off season planned," Horton said. "Patrick has shown that he is very capable in the car and our weekend at Laguna Seca was a very beneficial experience for us. We now know what we have to do for next season. Our goal is to find a second driver for our additional car, in order to form a two-car team that helps propel the each driver and the team to the next level."
The team is excited with its prospects for next season with help from the Mazda Motorsports Development team assisted by North American Operations Manager Steve Sanders, Sloan Securities Corporation, John Purner's Complete Custom Wheel of Daytona Beach Florida, NEO Synthetics and Pro-tech Ignition Wire Company, all of which are providing tremendous support which will enable Patrick Lindsey and Horton Motorsports to have a very successful season in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Class in 2008.