Gelles Racing completes 2005 testing

Gelles Racing completes 2005 Season testing Front Royal, December 16, 2005. -- This week Gelles Racing completed its 2005 pre-Season testing with several different drivers taking to the track each day at Barber Motorsport Park and Roebling...

Gelles Racing completes 2005 Season testing

Front Royal, December 16, 2005. -- This week Gelles Racing completed its 2005 pre-Season testing with several different drivers taking to the track each day at Barber Motorsport Park and Roebling Road. Drivers who came from different countries tested their interest in both Formula BMW and Champ Car Atlantic with Gelles Racing and were extremely competitive. Meanwhile, both Gelles race facilities continue outfitting in Virginia and Indianapolis, under supervision of VP Operations Tim Jennings, they are being finished and ready for more testing and a busy 2006 calendar.

"We wanted to get ahead of our schedule by testing more drivers before the Holiday break, said team owner Bob Gelles. We have very talented drivers coming to us and fighting for a seat in 2006. Gelles Racing has set the target very high for 2006 and our drivers thus far have shown great quickness. We had young men from North and South America as well as Europe all with sound racing backgrounds. Their times at the race tracks were quicker than ever and matched record times at each of the venues. Our engineers now have a full BMW USA season under their belt and they can setup a testing session that enables both driver and crew to get the best out of the car, I no longer consider it testing but development. With all the work we have done before Christmas, we know we're going to be very competitive next year."

Ryan Campbell in the lead

Returning BMW driver Ryan Campbell set the pace in the last sessions with times quick enough to earn him pole position last season at Barber. "Ryan had no single-seater experience when he came to us last Spring, continues the team principal. He has really matured into a front runner. We believe he will vie for the championship this year. Ryan responds extremely well to our coaching and development, we are excited for the 2006 season to commence. He worked very well with the other experienced quick drivers that were testing as teammates; we had a very fast quartet. Other drivers with little seat time were also very impressive and we will announce in due time our 2006 roster."

BMW of Sterling returning

Gelles Racing is proud to announce BMW of Sterling has extended its agreement with Gelles Racing for sponsorship for two more years taking the Team to the 2008 Formula BMW USA Series season. "BMW of Sterling continues to be extremely pleased with its relationship with Gelles Racing and the winning program they assembled to represent BMW of Sterling in Racing" said Chief Executive Officer of BMW of Sterling, Thomas Moorehead. "We have been so thrilled with the race program this past season for our customers, we wanted to show our commitment to Gelles Racing and the BMW USA Series and extend our contract for two more years, we share a common goal in the quest to bring the BMW USA Championship Trophy to BMW of Sterling. We both know there is a way to connect business and Motorsport."

"The relationship that I have enjoyed with BMW of Sterling over the past year is not just a sponsorship, it's a real partnership," said team owner Bob Gelles. "What they bring to the table as a business partner is second to none. Their level of commitment, support and business savvy has elevated this partnership and helped us achieve far more than we expected in such a short time."

Part of the success has been the growth of BMW of Sterling, which reaches out to the sports and entertainment communities to serve their special automotive needs. Nationwide BMW Sales and Nationwide Vehicle Delivery are available from BMW of Sterling located in Sterling, Virginia! Visit their virtual showroom at

BMW of North America, LLC, Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO awards the prestigious world-renowned BMW Quality Trophy to BMW of Sterling for Excellence in Enhancement of Customer Services and Loyalty.

Testing in early January

Gelles Racing wishes the racing community the Very Best this Holiday Season!

Gelles crew and drivers will be at Sebring International Raceway beginning January 3rd through 5th for the start of a new year. In 2006, Gelles Racing will enter cars in the Formula BMW USA Championship and cars in the new Champ Car Atlantic. BMW of Sterling, Western Union, USA TODAY, Hebert & LeBleu and Care Centric sponsor the team.

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Series Atlantic , Formula BMW
Drivers Ryan Campbell , Thomas Moore