Laguna Seca: Jason Workman preview

In final races of 2003, every point counts for Jason Workman 3 podiums out of last 4 races, 5 for 5 "in the points" finishes puts Workman in LMP675 chase Atlanta, GA September 4, 2003: Jason Workman, driver of the Essex Racing Lola-Nissan LMP...

In final races of 2003, every point counts for Jason Workman
3 podiums out of last 4 races, 5 for 5 "in the points" finishes puts Workman in LMP675 chase

Atlanta, GA September 4, 2003: Jason Workman, driver of the Essex Racing Lola-Nissan LMP 675, looks to the string of 3 podium finishes over the last four races and likes what he sees. With the help of his co-drivers, Workman has been steadily, surely, rising up through the championship standings. This weekend, Workman is joined by co-driver Scott Bradley, as the Essex Racing crew competes in the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 5-7.

Workman is now fifth in the championship standings, only a few points away from second place. Another good finish and Workman's season may become very interesting. Heading into the final stretch and Workman's home track of Road Atlanta as the finale, and Workman is gaining optimism that he can achieve a top position in the final season-ending standings. The personable Workman is somewhat accustomed to good finishes. He has been achieving them quietly for several years. Serving his initial racing apprenticeship years away from the American spotlight, Workman competed in Europe where he surprised his local colleagues, some might say stunned, by completely dominating the 1999 Scandinavian Formula Ford Championship. It was a championship that the local Scandinavian competitors, even his fellow team members, did not expect him to win and surely not to dominate. But the American won the championship easily and was able to skip the final two races as he had already secured the championship. It was a dominating performance that had never been seen before or repeated since in the history of the competitive Scandinavian series.

"Our 2003 season started with an initial disappointment of Sebring," noted Workman. "But since then, the Essex Racing crew has been superb and the Nissan reliability has been outstanding. It puts us in a position to have a reasonable chance to secure a very successful final result by the time we finish up in Atlanta." But Workman understands, as everyone else in racing, that one disappointing result at this time of year can have a compounding affect on his chances. "It's real close in the point standings," added Workman. "There is a cluster of drivers all grouped together chasing second through sixth. It's going to be an exciting final three races and I look forward to it. With the help of my team members, I hope we can make a real run at capping off a great year with a great finishing position in the final standings."

The excitement begins at 12 noon (Pacific). The race will be carried live on NBC television network starting at 4pm (Eastern).

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Series ALMS
Drivers Scott Bradley , Jason Workman