Steven Sewell to head series tech committee

Steven Sewell To Head Motorock Trans-Am Series Technical Committee As Trans-Am Technical Operations Are Brought Under Champ Car Banner INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2004) -- As part of his joining the Bridgestone Presents Champ Car World Series...

Steven Sewell To Head Motorock Trans-Am Series Technical Committee As Trans-Am Technical Operations Are Brought Under Champ Car Banner

INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2004) -- As part of his joining the Bridgestone Presents Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, Support Series Director of Technology Steven Sewell will oversee the Motorock Trans-Am Series' Technical Committee in 2004. All Trans-Am technical operations have been brought under the Champ Car banner. Sewell will be joined on the Committee by returning Trans-Am technical staffers Dennis Kazmerowski and Jim Burke.

Sewell reports to Champ Car Director of Technology Lee Dykstra. Kazmerowski will build upon the role he filled last season, supervising all aspects of technical inspection with additional administrative responsibility and authority. Burke will become the primary liaison between Trans-Am teams and the Committee, as well as further assisting in documentation and research.

The Committee's first initiative will be to evaluate the rules governing the various manufacturers, marques, engines, chassis and bodies in Trans-Am Series competition. The Committee will continue the successful technical program started prior to the 2003 season, building upon the wind-tunnel testing undertaken by the Series last year with the assistance of Champ Car's vast technical resources.

"I'm privileged to have a key role in the future technical direction of Trans-Am," said Sewell. "We plan to stay the course taken last year toward competitive balance among the marques, while using new technology to continue to ensure that a level playing field remains in place."

Sewell brings more than two decades of motorsports experience to Trans-Am, during which he worked in roles ranging from mechanic to crew chief to series administration. Sewell comes to Champ Car after 18 years at Skip Barber Racing, during which he held several senior managerial posts. Sewell began his career in racing in 1978.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of Trans-Am and the Champ Car organizations," said Sewell. "Trans-Am is a series that is steeped in history and heritage, and it plays a significant role in North American motorsports."

"Steve will be a welcome addition to the Trans-Am team," said Motorock Trans-Am Series Executive Director John Clagett. "He has substantial experience working in a series environment, and possesses both the technical expertise and communication skills required to be an effective technical director. He will be a tremendous asset to the Trans-Am Series.

"Merging Trans-Am technical operations with the Champ Car Technology Department is a key factor in Trans-Am continuing to provide a competitive environment for all manufacturers and marques," added Clagett. "The addition of Champ Car's sophisticated equipment and experienced team members will prove invaluable and will have a profound effect on Trans-Am Series rules."

The Motorock Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based,

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Skip Barber