SCC: Magner/Wright reunite for Phoenix effort

Magner/Wright teunite for Grand Am Cup STII effort in Phoenix. Pair aims to repeat victory in Mantapart.com Chevrolet Cavalier Z24. (Houston, TX) - April 23, 2003 -- WTF Engineering team owner/driver Ed Magner and Caroline B. Wright will...

Magner/Wright teunite for Grand Am Cup STII effort in Phoenix.
Pair aims to repeat victory in Mantapart.com Chevrolet Cavalier Z24.

(Houston, TX) - April 23, 2003 -- WTF Engineering team owner/driver Ed Magner and Caroline B. Wright will co-drive the #48 Mantapart.com Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24 in a bid to repeat their success in the Grand Am Cup STII class. They are set to start the United Auto Twin 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, May 2. This will be Wright's second appearance in the series in 2003. She missed round two in Homestead in order to fulfill her duties in Long Beach as the PA announcer for the Trans-Am Series.

"I can't wait to saddle up and race again," said Wright. "I'm conflicted when it comes to announcing and racing. My first love is racing, but I have to admit that calling a Trans-Am race can be nearly as much fun as driving. Outside of the cockpit of a race car, it's the best seat in the house. I'm lucky to have the opportunity to do both this year. Ed prepares a brilliant car so it makes the experience even more fulfilling. Hopefully, we will bank another Grand Am Cup win like we did at Daytona."

Magner and Wright started off the 2003 season with a class win at Daytona. It was Wright's first professional win and the second career win at Daytona for Magner. Magner has a clear agenda for the team at Phoenix.

"We are focused on doing what it takes to stay in the hunt for the championship," said Magner. "Phoenix is a pretty challenging track for a roval. There is always dust and dirt on the track and you never know what you will have lap to lap. It will be good to race separately from the GS cars from both a traffic standpoint and for being able to highlight the great racing in ST-II."

Ed also feels the vibe at Mantapart.com is very strong about the development of more performance parts for the new Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24.

"We've run competitively at the last three races. We have run the fastest lap of the weekend at each event since the last race of 2002. We've led more than half the laps in the class this year. We had shifter/trans problems again at Homestead but we didn't get hurt that badly in points because the team did a great job getting it fixed and back out there. We are working with Mantapart to develop some fixes. This has been the only weak link for us."

The United Auto Twin 200 ST race starts Friday, May 2 at 6:00 PM and will run for 133 laps or 2.5 hours, whichever comes first. The tape delay broadcast will air on Speed Channel, May 10 at Noon EST.

-cw-

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