St. Pete: LG Motorsports preview

LG Motorsports - Taking It To The Streets; Curren / Gigliotti Together Again With Whelen Engineering On Board Bonita Springs, Fla. March 30, 2009 The flaming paint scheme of the ...

LG Motorsports - Taking It To The Streets; Curren / Gigliotti Together Again With Whelen Engineering On Board

Bonita Springs, Fla. March 30, 2009 The flaming paint scheme of the #28 LG Pro Long Tube Headers GT2 Corvette will be taking it to the streets this week when the American Le Mans Series makes its annual return to St. Petersburg, Florida for the 2009 Aucra Sports Car Challenge. Sporting a new partner on the rear quarter panel, Whelen Engineering's ace pilot, Eric Curran will team up with three-time World Challenge Champion and team owner Lou Gigliotti. This will be Curran's third outing in the #28 Corvette.

"We're really happy to be making the St. Pete trip," noted team owner, Lou Gigliotti. "We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the American Le Mans Series and feel we have a future in the GT2 division."

"It's great to have Eric back in the car again," added Lou. "He's a great driver and a fierce competitor. We've always enjoyed a friendly relationship with Eric's sponsor, Whelen Engineering, so we couldn't be happier with this working arrangement. I really think it's a win- win all the way around. It's great exposure for Eric and Whelen Engineering and it puts LG Motorsports where we want to be... racing in the GT2 Division of the American Le Mans Series."

In 2008, LG Motorsports made five starts (Sebring, St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Salt Lake City and Petit Le Mans) in the Chevrolet Riley Corvette C6. The best finish was sixth at Salt Lake City. The team's 2008 Sebring debut was cut short on Lap 99, retiring due to overheating issues. Teamed At St. Petersburg, team with Doug Peterson, the duo finished in eighth place in the highly competitive GT2 class. At Long Beach, the #28 car finished in 10th position in GT2 with co- driver Doug Peterson. At Salt Lake City, they suffered damage from contact with other competitor but finished sixth in class. Finally, at Road Atlanta, the car was officially retired due to mechanical issues after completing just 37 laps.

"We've sorted out a lot of the car's issues since 2008," said Gigliotti. "As a privateer, you're left to work things out on your own. The guys at LG Motorsports have worked hard over the winter and we're convinced we have a very competitive package. I have a lot of confidence in the team and in my co-driver, Eric. St. Pete is a shorter event, so Corvette fans should look to see us leave it all out on the track. We're here for the win... count on it! We're left alone to fly the Corvette banner and we intend to make Corvette owners proud!"

A fixture at the front of the World Challenge GT field, Eric Curran has competed professionally in the NASCAR Camping World, American Le Mans, Grand Am Rolex, Koni Challenge, & World Challenge series since 2000. Curran has driven more than 30 different types of race cars ranging from front wheel drive to rear wheel drive and from 150 hp-750hp and over 40 total wins under his belt. In 2008 at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, Eric helped propel LG Motorsports to their highest finishing position in the team's young ALMS career, running as high as 3rd place and finishing 6th.

On deck for the American Le Mans Series is the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg from the St. Petersburg street circuit.

-credit: lgm

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Series ALMS
Drivers Lou Gigliotti , Eric Curran , Doug Peterson
Teams LG Motorsports