2004 Toyota Atlantic Champion Fogarty Earns All-America Team Honorable Mention INDIANAPOLIS (December 17, 2004) -- The 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama season was one to remember for Jon Fogarty ( ...
2004 Toyota Atlantic Champion Fogarty Earns All-America Team Honorable Mention
INDIANAPOLIS (December 17, 2004) -- The 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama season was one to remember for Jon Fogarty (#96 Pacific Coast Motorsports/Umbrella Entertainment) as the California native won a down-to-the-wire battle for the Atlantic series title. The top journalists that cover Motorsports recognized Fogarty's accomplishments this year and have named him to the prestigious American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America Team for 2004.
Fogarty, who captured his second Toyota Atlantic crown this season, was given Honorable Mention honors in the "At Large" category on the All-America squad, which has become known as the Dream Team of Motorsports. Members of the motorsports press vote on the nominees and the honors were announced today.
"It's definitely an honor to be recognized for our accomplishments this past season and to be mentioned with a lot of drivers that have had tremendous success," said Fogarty. "This is special because the people who chose this award are the ones who make a living watching and reporting on racing and they see a lot of different drivers from a lot of different series during the course of the year."
The 29-year-old Fogarty had a remarkable season for the second-year Pacific Coast Motorsports team capturing six victories and six pole positions in 12 races en route to the series championship. He battled Ryan Dalziel (#28 ProWorks) of Sierra Sierra Enterprises for top driver honors for most of the season, but Fogarty turned it on at the end winning from the pole in the final two races of the season to emerge as the Atlantic title winner. He also captured the series crown in 2002, staging a late-season rally that culminated when he won the season finale in Denver.
Over the course of his three-year Toyota Atlantic career Fogarty compiled 15 podium finishes in 26 starts. His eight career victories ties him for 10th among all-time Atlantic drivers and he ranks seventh among the all-time series leaders with 10 poles.
Fogarty will be honored with the other members of the AARWBA All-America team on Saturday, January 15 at the All-America awards banquet in Pomona, California.