BGB READY TO CAPITALIZE ON GOOD WEST COAST KARMA BALLOU SIGNED AS FULL SEASON FIXTURE TO DRIVE WITH PILLA (Daytona Beach, FL-May 2, 2006) With only 12 laps of green flag racing at last weekend's VIR 200, many teams sustained damage; BGB was...
BGB READY TO CAPITALIZE ON GOOD WEST COAST KARMA
BALLOU SIGNED AS FULL SEASON FIXTURE TO DRIVE WITH PILLA
(Daytona Beach, FL-May 2, 2006) With only 12 laps of green flag racing at last weekend's VIR 200, many teams sustained damage; BGB was one of them. The team had three days to prepare their three cars, one of which needed a few new panels and paintwork. As they have shown in times past, the guys in the shop at BGB can deliver and they have again. On Thursday the transporter was loaded with the three BGB 996s and ready to head to Laguna Seca. BGB is looking forward to a successful return to the left coast where the team had their best qualifying runs last year at both Laguna Seca and Phoenix. The team expects to improve on their two 6th place starts last year - striving for a position on the pole, followed with a race win.
Stealing some of the thunder from their teammates are Tim Traver and Mikel Miller in the #83 SimpleNet.com Porsche 996. Traver and Miller sit in 3rd place in team points and 4th in driver points. The two drivers have more laps at Laguna Seca than at any other race track. Traver is a regular at Laguna Seca with the Skip Barber series while Miller reports for work there weekly as a Skip Barber instructor. The duo will continue their strategy of finishing strong and clean. This strategy has paid off with their strong driver points standings, and is expected to ensure their continued advancement in the points.
Craig Stanton and Mark Plummer will continue their search for their first win of 2006 which eluded them at Daytona, and again at VIR. Stanton is looking forward to racing on his home soil: "I'm excited about Laguna. I really enjoy racing there and with BGB. We're still hunting for that win and I think it's within our reach." Mark Plummer's best qualifying effort of 2005 occurred first at Laguna Seca and then Phoenix. He enjoys the track and is ready to put the #38 BGB Porsche 996 up front for Saturday's race.
A new face will be seen in the BGB paddock this weekend and for the duration of the season. Ted Ballou joined BGB Motorsports at the 2006 test days in the #84 Rhinestone Roxy/HiDefSpex/Car Doctor World Porsche 996. When BGB announced their intention to campaign a 3rd 996, Ballou was one of the first to voice his interest. Ballou commented, "I had a great time with the team at the Test Days. They run a great operation and you can tell that they've taken the time to select their group of individuals." Ballou originally intended to race this season in the IMSA Cup series running a GT3 Cup car, but prefers the endurance racing format and the BGB Motorsports organization. With many laps at Laguna Seca, Ballou will be a strong competitor in this race. While his co-driver Ryan Pilla cannot match Ballou's extensive experience at Laguna Seca, Pilla's momentum style of driving at a multitude of tracks will serve him well in Laguna Seca's exciting race.
The green flag for the Grand-Am Cup 200 drops at 2:45 pm on Saturday, May 6th with live timing and scoring.
BGB Motorsports is an ambitious, professional Motorsports business. Last year they established themselves as the team to look out for in the Grand Am Cup's GS class. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, the team operates as a customer-oriented business, running cars under the Grand Am Cup, SCCA and Porsche Club of America sanctioning bodies.