Tommy Kendall to race for Pacific Coast at Infineon Ventura, California (August 10, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports is delighted to announce today that four-time SCCA Trans-Am Series Champion Tommy Kendall will join the Ventura-based...
Tommy Kendall to race for Pacific Coast at Infineon
Ventura, California (August 10, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports is delighted to announce today that four-time SCCA Trans-Am Series Champion Tommy Kendall will join the Ventura-based team's GT efforts campaigning the #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motor Sports Pontiac GTO.R in the final two rounds of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.
Kendall's first outing takes place in his native California where he'll be partnered behind the wheel by Burt Frisselle at the Infineon Raceway, north of San Francisco, for Round 13, 24th-26th August, before making his second start alongside Canada's David Empringham and a yet to be named driver in the 'Discount Tire Chaser' 9-hour event hosted at the stunning new Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, 31st August -- 2nd September.
Kendall (40), with two Rolex 24 at Daytona GTS titles to his credit ('93,'95), will get his first taste of the #98 Ironclad/Wine Country Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R on Monday, 14th August, alongside Frisselle at a scheduled test session at Buttonwillow. Burt Frisselle (24) will make his second start in the GT class for PCM following an impressive debut racing the #98 Pontiac GTO.R partnering his younger brother, Brian, in last month's 'Porsche 250 by Bradley Arant' at Barber Motorsports Park.
Thrilled to have Kendall's multiple championship-winning experience combined with Burt Frisselle's pace and energy for the Infineon outing, PCM Team Director, Tyler Tadevic enthused, "It's great that Tommy's available, we were looking for someone exceptional for these races and to have someone with his road racing caliber joining us is phenomenal, I'm excited to see what we can achieve!"
He continued, "It really is fantastic for us in our first season of GT competition to be able to attract interest from people like Tommy and Boris (Said), who drove the #98 Pontiac GTO.R early in the year. I expect Burt to be right up to speed with a weekend in the car under his belt already and further testing planned. Both Burt and Brian did an awesome job for us last time out, they're both very talented young drivers and I think Burt and Tommy will make for a very competitive package."
Tommy Kendall commented, "I'm excited to be back in the mix! I get plenty of opportunities to race but not all of them interest me. What's different with PCM is that I believe we have a shot at winning and that's not often the case in such deals. The car's the same as the one that the factory guys have been winning with all year and I know PCM's pedigree, the deal came out of left field but I can't wait!"
"I had a great time racing the #98 car at Barber and I'm glad to get another opportunity to race with PCM, "said Burt Frisselle. "We came so close to a podium that time so it's great to have another shot at it with Tommy and I know this car and team has what it takes to challenge at the very front!"
The Frisselle brothers came within a single lap of scoring the team's third straight GT podium at Barber Motorsports Park last time out, only to be denied by the actions of a lumbering Daytona Prototype allowing two GT rivals to pass, Burt and Brian forced to settle for a still impressive fifth place debut.