SCC: California: Belinda Endress review

Endress earns top-10 in debut FONTANA, Calif., Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - In her Grand-Am Cup debut, Belinda Endress, of Newbury Park, Calif., earned an eighth-place finish at California Speedway on Sunday. Endress qualified the ...

Endress earns top-10 in debut

FONTANA, Calif., Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - In her Grand-Am Cup debut, Belinda Endress, of Newbury Park, Calif., earned an eighth-place finish at California Speedway on Sunday. Endress qualified the #29 Unicom Wireless/ Xtreme Island Designs/ GMG BMW M3 17th overall and charged up to the lead during the three-hour street-stock race in the GSI-class. The event was Endress' first with the Grand-Am Cup series and her first at California Speedway's new infield road course.

"That was a lot of fun," Endress commented after stepping from the red BMW M3. "I think I had a decent run. The team strategy was great. We got the car working really well at the end and James (Sofronas, co-driver and owner of the #29) and I drove very well together. These cars and the competitors are just great."

Endress reflected on her first weekend in the Grand-Am Cup, "I had a lot to learn this weekend but I feel really good about how the weekend went. The GMG guys worked really hard. This was the coolest birthday I have ever had. Having my Dad here sponsoring us for the first time through Unicom Wireless and having so many friends and family out here cheering me on was awesome. The BMW is a nice car and I hope that we can work on something to come back and do some more races with GMG in the future."

Endress, originally of Lansing, Mich., has multiple wins in various forms of motorsports and was the 2000 24 Hours of Moroso SSB-class winner. She has two race wins in the highly competitive Panoz GT Series and was twice the series' runner-up in season-long points. In her first year of competitive road racing she was named the Women's Global GT Series (WGGTS) series' "Most Improved Driver of the Year" for 1999. Prior to racing wheel-to-wheel on the track, Endress earned multiple national and regional championships in SCCA Solo II autocross competition. While this weekend marks her first foray into Grand-Am Cup competition. She finished fifth in GT-class at the 2000 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) endurance classic, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Endress is sponsored by Unicom Wireless of Santa Clarita, Calif. Unicom is the prime provider of wireless products and services for the Santa Clarita Valley. Longtime supporter Xtreme Island Designs of Honolulu - maker of high-end island apparel - also backs Endress.

For more on Belinda Endress please see www.GodSpeedOnWheels.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Belinda Endress