Long Beach: Alan Sciuto preview

Alan Sciuto Racing: Looking forward to the Beach April 13, 2007 (Long Beach, Calif.) -- For Alan Sciuto, now in his second full season of Champ Car Atlantic competition, the anticipation of the Long Beach Grand Prix puts a little extra spring in...

Alan Sciuto Racing: Looking forward to the Beach

April 13, 2007 (Long Beach, Calif.) -- For Alan Sciuto, now in his second full season of Champ Car Atlantic competition, the anticipation of the Long Beach Grand Prix puts a little extra spring in his step.

For those who don't know him, the 18-year-old Sciuto is about as laid back a racecar driver as one will ever find. Perhaps it was his Southern California upbringing; Sciuto calls nearby Orange, Calif. home.

Off of the back of a 2005 racing season which saw Sciuto contest three Champ Car Atlantic events (including an impressive pole in his second start in Denver), last year's Long Beach Grand Prix was Sciuto's first with a fulltime ride in the series. Despite initial mechanical struggles during the weekend, Sciuto finished his home grand prix in tenth place, en route to an eighth place finish in the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic championship.

Despite having a signed contract with an established team, Sciuto learned a week before last weekend's Las Vegas Grand Prix that he would be left without a ride for the 2007 season. Sciuto and his team went to work and five days later, Alan Sciuto Racing debuted on-track at the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Despite minor mechanical issues, Sciuto kept his nose clean and brought the car home in seventh place.

Despite the lateness of which his team came together, Sciuto showed impressive speed at Las Vegas and is hoping for a better result this weekend. Being his home race, Sciuto can count on the support of extra family, friends, and fans -- and the fact that his home race also happens to be the biggest and most prestigious race on the Champ Car Atlantic calendar makes the experience that much better for the young Californian.

Additionally, Sciuto's car will be sporting signage from Dromo One this weekend. Dromo One is an indoor karting facility in nearby Orange, Calif., where Sciuto drove (and still does) before transferring his talents to outdoor karting. Dromo One joins The RoomStore of Phoenix and Deans Ultra Plug on Sciuto's car.

Alan Sciuto - #20 The RoomStore of Phoenix / Deans Ultra Plug / Dromo One Mazda-Cosworth/Cooper/Swift

"I'm stoked to be here at my home Grand Prix with my own team. We were hoping for a better result at Las Vegas, but at least we showed that we had speed and were able to put some decent points away, despite the problems we had.J

"The Long Beach Grand Prix is really exciting for me. I see a lot of people who I raced against in karts, who offer tons of support and encouragement. And, it's out biggest event of the year. It's the one race that you really want to have your best showing. And, as new as our team is, in Las Vegas we worked really well together and I'm sure we will continue down that path.

"And being my home race, it's cool that we'll have Dromo One on the car this weekend. I still head down there to race and it's awesome that they will be a part of the team this weekend."

-credit: asr

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