Mike Fitzgerald and Neal Sapp will co-drive in the ...
Mike Fitzgerald and Neal Sapp will co-drive in the #42 Comptech Sport - Planet Earth Motorsports Acura Integra GS-R at the Motorola Cup Daytona three-hour event.
The two sports car standouts will team up with Planet Earth Motorsports regulars Will and Wayne Nonnamaker. "All of us at Comptech Sport are very excited about the driver line up we have for the Motorola Cup Daytona race. Fitzgerald and Sapp have both proven that they are top level sports car drivers. Teaming them up with the Nonnamaker Brothers provides us with two Integras that have a great chance of some excellent results," said Comptech Sport President Doug Peterson.
"We wanted to create the opportunity for Planet Earth Motorsports to win the Manufacturer Championship for Acura and Comptech," said lead driver Will Nonnamaker. "Since you can't always control what happens to your car, we decided the best way to accomplish this was to bring in two top level professional drivers. With the help of our Corporate Partners: Comptech Sport, US Filter, GOJO, and Orison Marketing L.L.C. we were able to bring Mike and Neal in for the Daytona event."
After a long, successful amateur career, Neal Sapp made his move into his first full-time professional ride last year with the TC Kline Racing BMW 328 in the Speedvision World Challenge Touring division. By the end of the season, the two time SCCA National Run Offs Champion had claimed the Rookie of the Year honors. Sapp's 2000 season was strong enough that he was in contention to win the Championship up until the checkered flag fell on the final race, a race he won at San Diego. Sapp finished in second place in the championship, only eleven points behind two-time Speedvision World Challenge Champion Pierre Kleinubing.
Fitzgerald was the busiest sports car driver in North America last year, running in more professional sports car races than any other driver. He was rewarded for his efforts with two Championships (Porsche Cup Championship and Grand Am GTU Champion), nine wins (4 World Challenge, 5 Grand Am) and twenty podiums in the forty three races in which he competed.
"I am happy that Comptech Sport and Planet Earth Motorsports have provided this opportunity for Neal and I to help them achieve their goals," said Fitzgerald. "I have mostly driven rear wheel drive the last several years, but I am sure that it won't be much of a problem to adapt to the Acura Integra. It is a reliable and easy to drive on the street and as a race car."
"I am very excited that Planet Earth Motorsports and Comptech Sport have asked me to join them along with my old team mate Mike Fitzgerald to race at Daytona this year," said Sapp. "I look forward to working with Will and Wayne and the whole team. I think this team has great potential and stands a good chance of winning! I also look forward to being behind the wheel of a front-wheel drive car again, its been over a year and should be fun!"