April 24, Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsports is proud to announce that they will field Nissans in the 2003 Grand American Cup Series. The championship winning team, headed by owner Mike Johnson, will enter two Nissan Sentra SE-R's in the...
April 24, Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsports is proud to announce that they will field Nissans in the 2003 Grand American Cup Series. The championship winning team, headed by owner Mike Johnson, will enter two Nissan Sentra SE-R's in the STI Class.
Archangel has enjoyed tremendous success in world-class sports car racing by capturing the 2000 & 2001 Grand American SRP-II Championships, the 2001 Rolex 24 class win, 3rd in the 2002 American Le Mans Series LMP 675 Championship and the 2001 & 2002 Petit Le Mans runner-up. Starting with their 2000 Grand American season and running into their 2002 ALMS season, Johnson and his squad scored an amazing 27 straight podium finishes -- which included 12 1st place finishes!
The team name for the 2003 program will be Archangel/LAMZ. The new team is co-owned by Archangel's Mike Johnson together with Wayne and Max Press of LAMZ. LAMZ Automotive is a new company owned by Wayne and Max Press. Sports car fans will definitely remember Press from his 2000 Grand American GTO racing effort. The new effort will carry sponsorship from AltiTraining and Speedcom with support from Nissan Motorsports. The team has also entered into a technical relationship with Multimatic. Safety equipment will be provided by www.demonspeed.com and all drivers will be outfitted in Stand 21 suits and gear.
Archangel/LAMZ will be based at Archangel's Road Atlanta facility and hope to field one car for the Barber Park Twin 200's at Barber Motorsports Park May 16-18, 2003, and two cars starting with Watkins Glen in June. The two Nissan Sentra SE-R's will carry the numbers 8 & 9. Hugh Plumb and owner/driver Mike Johnson will pilot the team's effort at Barber.
This will mark Johnson's first return to driving since 1998 -- where he distinguished himself in F2000 and 1999 where he did the same in Motorola Cup. Johnson is also known to fans worldwide from his co-starring role on MTV's "Real World -- London."
"We're very happy to be back in Grand American racing," said driver/owner Johnson. "We've done very well in endurance racing and the 20-car deep fields in the Cup's ST1 class I'm sure we'll have tremendous competition. Nissan is starting to get back into motorsports and we want to be there with them from the beginning. We have long term plans to run the Sentra and we are happy to be full-time competitors in Grand American again!"
Plumb, who had four wins with the Realtime Racing team, scored 14 podiums and qualified in the top five in 85% of his Speed World Challenge races. In 2002 Plumb switched to GT Porsches in Grand American and the American Le Mans Series. He led the GT class for much of the first 10 hour of the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and took a second at the 12 Hours of Sebring, behind a factory Porsche. The former Skip Barber winner began his racing career on motorcycles, winning both Super Sport and Super Bike championships.
Additional information on the Archangel organization is available to you at www.archangelmotorsports.com, on Hugh Plumb at www.hughplumb.com, and on Nissan at www.nissanusa.com.