Driver updates 97-02-20

KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship Media Advisory - February 20, 1997 TONY AVE SET FOR RACING RETURN AT HOMESTEAD Atlantic and Trans-Am ...

                                KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship  
                                  Media Advisory  -  February 20, 1997


Atlantic and Trans-Am driver Tony Ave, of Indianapolis, Ind., will return to Atlantic competition in 1997 with Olsson Engineering. Ave, the defending Atlantic race winner at Homestead Motorsports Complex, has recovered from injuries suffered in an accident at Road America during the SCCA June Sprints last June 23. "We're really looking forward to this season," said Ave from his Indianapolis home. "Sitting on the sidelines most of last year has given me more motivation than ever." Ave captured his first career Atlantic victory in only his third career Atlantic race in last years Atlantic season opener at Homestead. Sponsorship for his '97 Atlantic efforts will come from Fisher Dynamics and Schuler Design.

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Newport Beach, Calif.-based Kaditcha Racing has announced intentions to run a two-car Atlantic effort featuring drivers Ian Bland, of El Camino Village, Calif., and Dave Karlson, of Claremont, Calif. Kaditcha Racing will campaign a Ralt RT-40 for Bland and a Reynard 93H for Karlson with support from Martini Sunglasses, of Newport Beach. Both rivers are expected to contest the majority of the Atlantic season beginning at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 12. Bland, who is a native of Brisbane, Australia, has extensive international racing experience including being a past champion of the Australian Queensland Racing Car series, and former Australian Formula Three "Rookie-of-the-Year." His North American experience includes competition in Atlantic, Super Vee, and the American Indy Car series. Karlson is a veteran SCCA regional and national racing competitor with experience in sprint cars, prototypes, and Atlantic. He is also a successful attorney who practices criminal law practice in southern California.

(for additional information, please contact Craig Sadil, Fast Track Racing Promotions at 714-673-7222)

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Second-year Atlantic driver Anthony Lazzaro continued to hone his racing skills in preparation for the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship March 1 season opener at Homestead by competing in the IMSA Endurance Championship on Jan. 31, and Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on Feb 1-2. Lazzaro finished in second place in the Sports class of the IMSA Endurance Championship and fifth place in the GTS-3 class (14th overall) in the Rolex 24 Hours. The Acworth, Ga., resident piloted a BMW 328si for Franz Blam Racing in the IMSA Endurance Championship in a car that came off the showroom floor only two weeks prior to the event. Lazzaro then teamed with Angelo Cilli, Mike Conte and Eric Bretzel for Alex Job Racing in a Porsche 911 for the Rolex 24 Hours. The Job Racing team had its worst spell of luck when two caution periods cost it a lap each due to the IMSA wave-by rules. The team overcame an early race problem when the hood of the car dislodged due to a gust of wind. Lazzaro will campaign in the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship with Phillips Motorsports, and sponsorship from Phoenix, Ariz.-based SC & T and long-time Lazzaro ally BG Products, Inc., of Wichita, Kan.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Tony Ave , Anthony Lazzaro , Eric Bretzel , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing