Road Atlanta: Jason Workman preview

Home field advantage Atlanta, GA: For 25 year old, Jason Workman, competing this weekend (June 27-29, 2003) in the Chevrolet Grand Prix of Atlanta is a coming home party. The Flowery Branch, GA resident takes to the track driving Atlanta-based...

Home field advantage

Atlanta, GA: For 25 year old, Jason Workman, competing this weekend (June 27-29, 2003) in the Chevrolet Grand Prix of Atlanta is a coming home party. The Flowery Branch, GA resident takes to the track driving Atlanta-based Essex Racing's LMP675 Lola-Nissan, car #18, with high expectations of a podium finish in the 2 hour, 45 minute event, the shortest race on the American Le Mans Series 2003 calendar.

"I have always liked Road Atlanta," said Workman. "It is very much my home track and I enjoy it when ever I get the chance to compete here." Workman's previous appearances at Road Atlanta include two of the three events he has competed in the LMP675 division. "I raced in the 2001 and 2002 Petit Le Mans events for my only races in this division before this season. Now with a full time driving opportunity, I look forward to racing beyond just Road Atlanta. But my additional experience at this track should help us gain some slight advantage over our 'out of town' competitors."

Jason Workman has been catching the eye of more than just a few industry veterans. Workman is one of the very, very few American racing drivers to have captured a European racing championship crown. In 1999, the American competed in the Nordic Formula Ford 2000 Championship. Expectations among his colleagues before the season were for a few competitive finishes in the hard-fought and challenging racing series. After all, this was Europe and Americans typically do not fare too well and often come home with sad faces and less-than- hoped-for results. But expectations proved wrong as Workman totally dominated the series with 8 wins, 10 poles and 4 track records. The Nordic Championship has never been dominated in such a fashion since. Many colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic were surprised to learn that the young American quickly established himself as a leading contender so early in his European experience. Workman came home "Champion" to join a very short list of American drivers who have competed so effectively in the European racing arena.

For 2003, Workman has opted to change his view from open-wheel competitor to closed-wheel sports cars. His view from the cockpit may have changed, but rest assured, his ambitions are the same. Workman looks forward to a podium finish at Road Atlanta and then, the rarest of opportunities, simply drive home after the race.

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