CyberSpeed Racing Enters Grand American Rolex Series; Will Debut New CRD Pontiac Riley at Homestead Next Saturday; Car Will Feature ESBG Design 'Hot Rod' Livery MAIDEN, N.C., March 16 - CyberSpeed Racing, LLC announced today that it...
CyberSpeed Racing Enters Grand American Rolex Series; Will Debut New CRD Pontiac Riley at Homestead Next Saturday; Car Will Feature ESBG Design 'Hot Rod' Livery
MAIDEN, N.C., March 16 - CyberSpeed Racing, LLC announced today that it will compete for the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Championship in a new CRD Pontiac-powered Riley Daytona Prototype.
CyberSpeed's No. 97, which features new "hot rod" livery by ESBG Design, will make its debut at the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. this coming Saturday, March 25. The race, which is sponsored by Linder Industrial and Komatsu, will be televised on SPEED on a same-day, tape-delayed basis at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Team owner Skip Cummins of Houston, Texas will join lead driver Tony Ave of Mooresville, N.C. behind the wheel. The team's headquarters and race shop are in Maiden, N.C., near Charlotte.
In addition to Riley Technologies, Pontiac and ESBG Design, other key suppliers include engine builder CRD; electronics suppliers EFI and Bosch; and financing sources Merrill Lynch and SunTrust Motorsports Banking.
In addition to being the lead driver, Ave is the team's managing director. Justin Halliday, formerly of Margraff Racing, is its chief mechanic.
Ave is an extremely accomplished driver. He has successfully competed in everything from snowmobiles, where he was a world champion, to formula cars, including Formula Atlantic and Infiniti Pro (now Indy Pro). In 1992 he was the Oldsmobile Pro Series champion and also the lead driver for Team USA at the International Formula Ford Festival in Brands Hatch, England. He has also been successful in USAC midgets and sprints, SCCA Trans-Am, ARCA stock cars and endurance sports car racing. He's won races at some of the best racetracks in America, including Homestead, as he was victorious in a Formula Atlantic race there in 1996.
In 2003 and 2004 he played a major role in the development of the championship-winning Riley Technologies Daytona Prototype as lead test driver for Riley Technologies and Daytona Prototype test and development driver for Hoosier Tire, the official tire supplier for the Rolex Series.
In 2004 and 2005 he was a contract test and race driver/coach for several Daytona Prototype teams while at the same time building Tony Ave Racing, his stock car and Trans-Am race prep business. In late 2005 he became managing director and lead driver for CyberSpeed Racing. Since then he has developed the team, organization, suppliers, shop and equipment for CyberSpeed's 2006 Rolex Series campaign.
"I welcome this opportunity to build a new championship-winning race team with an owner like Skip," Ave said. "Not only have I been given the opportunity to apply all my years of experience in racing and the business of racing to the founding of a new team with a car and a series that I know well, but I also have the privilege of working with a proven pioneer of new products and businesses who listens and is committed to excellence in everything he does. I expect that the No. 97 Daytona Prototype in the "hot rod" livery will be a factor in several races this year."
Cummins has been racing Pro Formula Mazdas, Indy Lights, Trans-Am cars and Riley and Scott MkIIIAs in SCCA, HSR and SVRA events since 2002 with consistent podium finishes at some of the best road racing circuits in the United States. This is his first full year of professional racing.
Cummins is also a co-founder of Vista Ventures, a successful venture capital company that was one of the founding investors of Cyberonics, where he has served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer since 1995.
Cyberonics' mission is to improve the lives of people touched by chronic, treatment-resistant illnesses. Under Cummins' leadership Cyberonics has accomplished that mission by pioneering the first implantable medical device, called the VNS Therapy System, for drug-resistant epilepsy and for chronic or recurrent treatment-resistant depression. The VNS Therapy System consists of a pacemaker-like generator and a nerve stimulation electrode that acts as a "pacemaker for the brain," favorably altering neurotransmitters and activities in the areas of the brain implicated in epileptic seizures and mood disorders such as depression.
Although Cyberonics is providing no sponsorship for the CyberSpeed No. 97 Daytona Prototype, Cummins is using his involvement in the Rolex Series to promote Cyberonics' mission and VNS Therapy's "Power to Renew a Life" motto.
"It is truly an honor and privilege to be part of the CyberSpeed Racing team of proven professionals and winners and to be competing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, the best road racing series in North America," he said. "All of us at CyberSpeed are looking forward to a successful 2006 season and we are very appreciative of all the help and support provided to date by our suppliers and Grand American. Special thanks go to Jeff and Dave Borkowski of ESBG Design for creatively delving into the archives to find a team livery of similar vintage to the team owner."
David and Jeff Borkowski, brothers of Rolex Series driver Mike Borkowski, are principals of ESBG Design, based in Miami Beach, Fla. David Borkowski is the founder and creative director of the firm. He has distinguished himself as one of the world's leading motorsports livery specialists, bringing color, passion, and art in signature designs to race venues around the world. His work has been described as "the perfect blend of class with an edge." Each design demonstrates its unique ability to capture the essence of a brand within the radical marketing environment that is motorsports. For more information about ESBG Design, visit esbgdesign.com.
"Working with Skip and the entire CyberSpeed team has been a great pleasure, and we look forward to watching the team campaign its new colors," David Borkowski said. "Rarely do we have an opportunity to create a car with such nostalgia, and we couldn't agree more with the hot-rod flame approach from a visibility standpoint. CyberSpeed wanted to be noticed, so we made certain there was no questioning their presence. Out with the new, in with the old!"
CyberSpeed Racing's Web site is currently under construction at cyberspeedracing.us. Its headquarters and race shop are located at 4486 Providence Mill Rd., Maiden, N.C., 28650.
The Grand American Road Racing Association was established in 1999 to return stability to major league sports car road racing in North America. Located in Daytona Beach, Fla. and affiliated with NASCAR, its Rolex Series is one of the fastest growing and most competitive racing series in the world. CyberSpeed Racing competes in its top class, Daytona Prototype. More information on the series is available on its Web site at grandamerican.com.