NEWBURY PARK, Calif., August 14, 2002 -- Belinda Endress announced today that she has been signed to drive the ...
NEWBURY PARK, Calif., August 14, 2002 -- Belinda Endress announced today that she has been signed to drive the #31 Audi Quattro for 'The Race Team' when the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series returns to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on September 1. This will be the Newbury Park, California resident's first race with 'The Race Team' but not the first in Grand-Am Cup. The multi-time champion in several different race series has run two previous races in the Grand-Am Cup this season at California Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway with eighth and 12th place finishes respectively. The former Women's Global GT Series (WGGTS) stand-out will co-drive with team regular Raff McDougall.
"Xtreme Island Designs and owner/ co-driver Raff McDougall have been great in getting me this ride in the Audi Quattro, for the VIR Grand-Am Cup race," remarked Endress enthusiastically from her California office. "We have had a good start to my Grand-Am Cup career and I think this is another great step forward. This team is proven and the car is proven. The car is competitive in its class and that is what it's all about."
Endress will be driving the all-wheel drive Audi for the first time at VIR when practice begins on August 30. The initial test laps will also mark her first foray onto the Alton, Virginia race track. The challenge of the two new experiences is an enticement to Endress. "Everyone keeps telling me how fun the course is in Virginia, so I'm especially excited about learning a new track, and a new car for that matter. "
Xtreme Island Designs (XID) of Honolulu will be the primary sponsor of the former stuntwoman's Audi. XID is a maker of high-energy island-oriented apparel that is sold throughout the United States. A strong supporter of Endress' career for a number of years, XID is excited to be involved with her move into the highly competitive and professional Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series.
Endress owns and operates SK Productions, a sports video company. Prior to racing cars she was heavily involved in horse racing, working as an assistant trainer and exercise rider. Currently, outside of her daily work routine and racing, she acts as a safety and high performance-driving instructor in southern California.
For more on Belinda Endress please see www.GodSpeedOnWheels.com.
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