Pace/Waddell Team with Downing at Road America

Pace and Waddell Team With Downing at Road America (ELKHART LAKE, Wis.) July 5, 2001 -Jim Pace and Barry Waddell will team with sports car stalwart Jim Downing in a Team Downing Atlanta Kudzu Mazda for this weekend's 500-mile test of endurance...

Pace and Waddell Team With Downing at Road America

(ELKHART LAKE, Wis.) July 5, 2001 -Jim Pace and Barry Waddell will team with sports car stalwart Jim Downing in a Team Downing Atlanta Kudzu Mazda for this weekend's 500-mile test of endurance at Road America in the Grand American Rolex Road Racing Series. The trio will take their four-rotor Mazda powered Kudzu to the fight for the top SRP1 class victory. Pace is a former winner at Road America back in the days of IMSA Camel Lights competition in 1991 in a Kudzu chassis. That outing happened to be the second victory ever for the Kudzu chassis, the first coming at Sebring the same year also in the hands of Pace.

Pace from Monticello, Miss. and Waddell from Evansville, Ind. both consider Road America to be something of a home track and as a result look forward to a competitive outing.

"It's been a long time since proper sports cars ran at Road America. Jim and I consider it our home track, and any opportunity to race here professionally is fantastic," said Waddell. "We've all had success here in the past and on top of that we broke into sports car racing with Jim Downing."

"It's going to be a lot of fun racing here for 500 miles in a Downing car and the reliability of the Mazda motor will help increase our chances of success," added Waddell.

Both Waddell and Pace know the 4-mile Road America circuit intimately. As Skip Barber Racing School instructors and test drivers, Pace and Waddell have accrued many a mile around what commonly cited as North America's most challenging road course during Skip Barber programs. Waddell has also enjoyed success professionally at Road America scoring a second and third place finish in Barber Pro Series competition in 1994 and '95.

The pair will be competing as Racing For Kids representatives. Racing For Kids is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of children's health care issues.

-George Tamayo

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jim Downing , Skip Barber , Jim Pace , Barry Waddell
Teams HART