Diaz Team Confirms Two-Car Assault on Motorock Trans-Am Series; Rookie Felix Serralles and Jorge Diaz, Jr. to Team Up in 2004 INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2004) -- 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Series Rookie of the Year Jorge Diaz, Jr. confirmed plans to ...
Diaz Team Confirms Two-Car Assault on Motorock Trans-Am Series; Rookie Felix Serralles and Jorge Diaz, Jr. to Team Up in 2004
INDIANAPOLIS (March 3, 2004) -- 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Series Rookie of the Year Jorge Diaz, Jr. confirmed plans to compete in the 2004 Trans-Am Series as part of a two-car effort with rookie teammate Felix Serralles. The Puerto Rican driving duo will compete in Jaguar XKRs backed by Don Q Rum. Diaz will drive the No. 8 car, while Serralles will wheel the No. 88 mount. Diaz competed with a single-car team last year.
Diaz set the standard in 2003 for future rookies, finishing on the podium twice--at Lime Rock and at Cleveland--and earning nine top-ten and four top-five finishes in 11 starts. Diaz finished fourth in points.
"We are going for the championship this year," said Diaz. "We have a two-car team and we're hoping that will work in our favor. Last year, we were gunning strictly for Rookie of the Year. We ran well-paced, conservative races. This year, we're going to risk a little bit more and plan to be right there in the end.
"We've taken a lot of time to organize our team in the off season," added Diaz. "We have been working with suspension, braking and all of the rest of the data to gain a greater edge."
Serralles finished sixth in his Trans-Am debut, last season, at the Puerto Rico Grand Prix finale. He is looking forward to his first full Trans-Am season and is hungry for the Rookie of the Year title.
"I'm really looking forward to racing in Trans-Am with such a high-quality team and a great teammate," said Serralles. "I can't wait for season to start at Long Beach. Winning the Rookie of the Year Championship would be really great this year. But I just hope to do well and finish in the top ten in or even the top five in points.
"I love to drive," added Serralles. "I believe in my team and I think we're going to do well."
The team will be run out an Orlando, Fla. shop. Serralles' car will utilize a Huffaker chassis and engine. Diaz's car is the former Rocketsports Jaguar XKR driven by 2003 Drivers' Champion Scott Pruett to seven victories early last season. Diaz purchased that mount prior to the final two races of the 2003 season.
The Motorock Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 39th anniversary in 2004.
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