FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Craig Sadil (714) 673-7222 (submitted via fax) KADITCHA RACING LAUNCHES TWO CAR ASSAULT ON STREETS OF LONG ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Craig Sadil (714) 673-7222 (submitted via fax)
KADITCHA RACING LAUNCHES TWO CAR ASSAULT ON STREETS OF LONG BEACH
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. (March 20) Kaditcha Racing Ltd. today announced it will launch a two-car assault on the streets of Long Beach for round two of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 12. The team features Ian Bland, of Brisbane, Australia, as its lead driver, who will compete for the overall victory, and David Karlson, of Claremont, Calif, who will contest in the C2 class. "We're very optimistic about the Long Beach race," said Bland, who will contest the race in a Ralt RT-40. "We've done some development over the winter months and feel like we the right package to be competitive." While the name Bland may be relatively new to the American scene, the native Australian boasts an outstanding track record in his homeland. Beginning in karts at the age of 14, he quickly progressed through the professional ranks with honors including the 1982 Australian Formula Three Rookie-of-the-Year title, 1983 Australian Queensland Racing Car Series champion, and the 1984 Australian Formula Two crown. Bland's talents behind the wheel, however, shouldn't overshadow his skills behind the drawing board. Armed with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, he helped design and build a car he raced in the 1985 Australian Grand Prix. Most recently, as an assembly technician for Swift Engineering, he assisted with the development of the company's new PPG CART World Series contender, which Michael Andretti drove to victory at year's season opener at Homestead. "Long Beach is unquestionably one of my favorite tracks on the circuits," said Karlson, who is also an established criminal defense attorney in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. "Not only is it close to my hometown, the course takes a tremendous amount of concentration and skill to master. I think Ian and me will do very well." While the team competed in a limited number of professional Atlantic races in previous years, it intends to contest the majority of the 1997 schedule. The KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship is part of Kaditcha's "Indy 2000" concept - to take Ian Bland to the Indianapolis 500 for the year 2000, in conjunction with the 2000 Olympics, Sydney, Australia.
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