STILL A SUCCESSFUL SEASON Lazzaro, driver for Team Platinum in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Series, started this year with a win at the Homestead Motorsports Park Season Opener in Miami Florida. The remaining 11 races in ...
STILL A SUCCESSFUL SEASON
Lazzaro, driver for Team Platinum in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Series, started this year with a win at the Homestead Motorsports Park Season Opener in Miami Florida. The remaining 11 races in the Championship Series were filled with Podium Highs and a combination of Near Miss and Mechanical Lows for the likeable boy from Georgia.
The weekend at Laguna Seca in Monterey California started out as a come back for Lazzaro. During the second qualifying practice, Lazzaro was the fastest on the race track until the last lap when Alex Barron and Memo Gidley came up with simply a fraction of a second more. Lazzaro had been looking at the Pole but found himself in third for the start of Saturday's race.
"It felt so good to be back!" stated Lazzaro. "The track was quite cool during qualifying but as usual, the times came toward the last part of the session. Things were looking pretty good. I tried to create some space between me and the other guys on the track, but it just wasn't enough. Kenny Wilden spun and put some dirt on the track right in front of me on what was going to be my fastest lap. Over the weekend, the Team Platinum guys never gave up. We started off on Friday morning pretty badly, in twelve place, and then qualified ninth on Friday. Today, we are third. It's good to be back - it's just too bad we had to wait until the end of the season for such a good run."
Lazzaro, currently in 8th in the Championship Points, had come to terms with the fact that he will not win the overall Championship. "It is frustrating not to be consistently running up front with the Player's and Lynx Teams. But I feel good about how well Team Platinum has done this year. At least we gave those teams something to think about every weekend."
The unique standing start of the Toyota Atlantics gave race fans their money's worth. With the flash of the green light, Lazzaro was able to dash past his competitors and leap into the front of the field. But his enthusiasm was quickly demolished, along with his car, when Alex Barron moved over on Lazzaro putting the Team Platinum Per4mer Car into the wall.
"I was devastated" said Lazzaro. "There was no reason for that kind of a move. We had a great car and a great run, but I didn't even get to finish a lap." Barron went on to win the race but a protest has been filed for his actions.
The year did not end the way that Lazzaro or Team Platinum had hoped. The start of the season began on the Podium and ended in the Pits at the start of the race. However, as a first year sponsor, Platinum Sound has found the year to be a success.
"The exposure we received and the new business relationships acquired this year through our motorsports involvement have increased our sales and assisted our product development tremendously" stated Founder, Chairman & CEO of SC&T International Inc., parent company of Platinum Sound Products and manufacturer of the Per4mer Racing Wheel. "Within the next few weeks we will make announcements that will outline plans for our continued motorsports involvement, with Anthony Lazzaro, that will clearly place Platinum Sound in one of the dominate supporting positions in the series and secure the Per4mer Wheel as the Racing Wheel of choice."
The 2.238 mile 11 turn road course at Laguna Seca was the last in the 12 race series for the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Series. The race will be televised on ESPN2 on Sunday, September 14 at 7:00pm EST.
Lazzaro drives for Team Platinum which is sponsored by the Per4mer Racing Wheel manufacturer, Platinum Sound. He is also sponsored by BG Products and Budget Car Rental.
For information on Team Platinum, Anthony Lazzaro or Platinum Sound, contact Becky Baranouski of Race Management Group at (281) 855-7162.