G.J. Mennen Looks To Build On Victoria Motorsports' Momentum At Cleveland Trans-Am Cleveland, Ohio (June 26, 2001) - Austin, Tx Driver G. J. Mennen Has Gradually Improved His Finishing Position Every Time Out This Year In His Greased ...
G.J. Mennen Looks To Build On Victoria Motorsports' Momentum At Cleveland Trans-Am
Cleveland, Ohio (June 26, 2001) - Austin, Tx Driver G. J. Mennen Has Gradually Improved His Finishing Position Every Time Out This Year In His Greased Lightning/Onkyo America Chevrolet Camaro, Finishing Sixth Most recently at Detroit. He'll be looking to do that one better as the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Cup heads into Round Five at the Trans-Am 100 Presented by Simple Green, part of the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland weekend, June 29-30 at Burke Lakefront Airport.
"It's taken a while to get going this year, between developing our new Vanquish chassis and making a few personnel changes," said Victoria Motorsports co-owner June Cioppettini. "But G. J. has hung in there with us, and we think we really turned a corner at Detroit. We ran strongly all weekend, and hope that continues."
"Detroit is lined with walls, and is always a war of attrition," said Mennen, who has never finished outside the top six at the Motor City in his three years of Trans-Am competition. "Cleveland, on the other hand, is a fast, wide-open free-for-all. If we have as solid a car here as we had at Detroit, I think I'll really have a good time here. Plus, it's a great track for spectators."
"We're hoping we're going in the right direction now and can really show people what we've got," added Victoria Motorsports President and co-owner, Frank Cioppettini. "We've got some really solid people working for us now, and we're hoping the fans and our great sponsors like Greased Lightning will sit up and take notice. Plus, having the race televised on CBS is great as well. The ratings for the Detroit race were better than the CART race, and we think even more people will be tuning in for Cleveland."
Practice and qualifying at the 2.106-mile, 10-Turn Burke Lakefront Airport circuit will kick off on Friday, June 29. The race, scheduled to be 47 laps, or 98.982 miles, is slated to take the green flag at 4:45 pm EDT on Saturday, June 30. The one-day delayed telecast will air on CBS, with the broadcast scheduled for 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT on Sunday, July 1.