FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Team Contact: Craig Sadil (714) 673-7222 (via fax to Atlantic communications) SOUTHERN CAL ATLANTIC TEAM PREPS FOR THE LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Team Contact: Craig Sadil (714) 673-7222 (via fax to Atlantic communications)
SOUTHERN CAL ATLANTIC TEAM PREPS FOR THE LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (April 3) - - Kaditcha Racing Ltd., the two-car Torrance, Calif.-based Atlantic team, completed extensive testing Monday, March 31, in preparation for round two of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship through the streets of downtown Long Beach on Saturday, April 12. Following a comprehensive session outside of Bakersfield, Calif., at Buttonwillow Motorsports Park, the team has reason for optimism coming into Long Beach after posting competitive times for both the overall and C2 classes. "We're delighted with the results of last weekend's testing session," said Ian Bland, the team's lead driver and a resident of El Camino Village. "Long Beach is a very technical track, with a variety of high-speed straight sections and tight hairpin corners. We experimented with several different set-ups at Buttonwillow and feel we found the right combination to be competitive at Long Beach." Bland will challenge for the overall KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic victory in a Ralt RT-40, while Kaditchas second driver David Karlson, of Claremont, will race in the C2 class. Driving an updated Reynard 93H, Karlson is no stranger to the Long Beach circuit. "We're very optimistic about the Long Beach race," said Karlson, who is also a prominent criminal defense attorney practicing law out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. "I thoroughly enjoy the Long Beach circuit and we've gone to some great lengths to prepare for this years event. There are many parallels between practicing law and racing competitively - particularly the preparation, commitment and mental strength required." "Bland's racing accomplishments include a variety of victories including a Formula Three Rookie-of-the-Year title, Queensland Racing Car Series championship, and Formula Two title in his Australian homeland. He recently assisted with the development of the new Swift PPG CART chassis as an assembly technician for Swift Engineering, of San Clemente. The Swift PPG CART chassis was driven to victory in the season opening race at Homestead by Michael Andretti. Karlson's background includes being a two-time winner of the Castrol Winter Series, and other West coast racing events in cars ranging from Atlantic and sprint to prototype. As part of their Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach schedule, both drivers will be at the National Sports Grill at 3211 Sepulveda Blvd., in Torrance on Saturday, April 5, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., to sign autographs and meet with race fans. Blands Ralt RT-40 will also be on display.
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