MOTO-ST: Series Daytona 8 - Old Pros Racing spotlight

Old Pros Racing Look to Make Their Mark at the 8 Hours At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 17, 2008) -- Ready to show SunTrust MOTO-ST Series fans just what their team can do, Old Pros Racing is set to make their mark at the 8 Hours At ...

Old Pros Racing Look to Make Their Mark at the 8 Hours At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 17, 2008) -- Ready to show SunTrust MOTO-ST Series fans just what their team can do, Old Pros Racing is set to make their mark at the 8 Hours At Daytona, October 18 at Daytona International Speedway.

Running a Suzuki SV1000S, this local team features the talents of Paul Schwemmer of South Daytona, Fla., John Ashmead of Ponce Inlet, Fla., and Roberto Vargas of Lima, Peru.

"Racing is definitely a passion," says team owner Schwemmer. "The closer the start of the race gets, the more excited I am, especially when the race is at Daytona. This is my favorite track and I love competing here. This will be our third 8 Hours At Daytona and as we all know, the third time can often be the charm. Our whole team would be thrilled if we could walk away this weekend with a top five or even a top ten."

Born in Erie, Pa., Schwemmer moved to Daytona in 1975 to be near his grandfather and never left. A successful contractor, Schwemmer competed in his first race at DIS back in 1982 aboard a Kawasaki. He has raced in the previous two 8 Hours At Daytona, riding a Suzuki in the inaugural 8 Hours in 2006 and an Aprilia last year.

"Daytona definitely suits my lifestyle," he says. "I love racing and there is lots of that here, plus I love the ocean. There are lots of things to do here and Orlando is close. It certainly isn't like living in a big city. There is no grid lock and the people are great. In short, to me, this is a piece of heaven."

Watching his first Daytona 200 race from the stands in 1980 and then from the infield the following year, Schwemmer knew he had to try it for himself.

"Once you get racing in your blood, it is there to stay," states Schwemmer. "And, it certainly is in mine. From the first time out, I was hooked and I'm still hooked."

Extremely competitive in every situation, Schwemmer believes you get out what you put in and is always determined to do his best. In fact, along with his crew chief Larry Fernandez, Schwemmer says he has spent close to 70 hours preparing the team's bike for this weekend's race.

"I really would like to make our team one of the strongest in the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series field," continues Schwemmer. "There are a number of top riders that are interesting in running with us. All we need is a good sponsorship package to make our team sing."

When not working or racing motorcycles, Schwemmer also has a passion for music, especially jazz.

"In fact, my spare room looks like a band waiting to happen," he says. "I can play a little bit of everything - keyboard, drums, guitar, bass - I really love the bass. One of the things we are planning to do is open up a jazz club within the next three or four months. It is going to be really cool."

Ready to do their best, Schwemmer, Ashmead and Vargas will be ready to take their rightful place on the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series grid tomorrow, October 18 at 1pm.

"I think we've eliminated all the problems," adds Schwemmer. "Our plan is to turn consistent laps, avoid penalties and be there when the Checkered waves. It's definitely going to be an exciting race."

-credit: motost

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Drivers John Ashmead