Race Prep Motorsports Has New Faces For Daytona Classic January test days at Daytona International Speedway produced a winning driver lineup, new technical capabilities and the expansion from a 2 car team to 4 for Virginia-based Race Prep ...
Race Prep Motorsports Has New Faces For Daytona Classic
January test days at Daytona International Speedway produced a winning driver lineup, new technical capabilities and the expansion from a 2 car team to 4 for Virginia-based Race Prep Motorsports. Competing in the Grand Am Cup Street Stock Series of Daytona-based Grand American Road Racing, their first race of 2005 will run on February 4, just over 2 weeks away. The team, which ran the entire Grand Am Cup campaign last year, will again run the number 18 and 19 Porsche 996 3.4 liter Grand Sport (GS) entries, with the addition of 2 new cars; the number 28 and 78 996 Porsches.
After testing at Daytona, team owner, Mike Pickett, announced a formidably talented and championship winning pairing of drivers for the 2005 season. Coming off a 2004 Rolex SGS championship is Andy Lally teaming with a talented former co-driver, Tim Gaffney. Craig Stanton, the 2004 Grand Sport Cup GS champion, will defend his championship joining his rival from last year, Spencer Pumpelly. Pumpelly completed the '04 Grand Am Cup schedule by finishing in the top ten of two major categories-number of laps led and dirver performance index - establishing himself as one of the top drivers in North American road racing.
"We're very excited," said Pickett after Test Days, "because of the driving team that has come to Race Prep. Not only are we upping-the-ante on driving talent, but we've moved into a new operational sphere with the addition of data acquisition technology to our cars. We accomplished our goals at Test Days, by tuning the cars to the competitive edge we were looking for." This all comes in addition to 2 new 996's, one of which Pickett himself will share with a driver to be announced. The team is looking to acquire other driving talent as the 2005 season approaches the real heat of competition.
Mike Pickett, who finished in the top 20% in the final Grand Sport Cup 2004 standings, is one on the Race Prep team still looking for a driving partner. "In 2005 the team has the opportunity to be ultra-competitive. We're moving in the right direction almost faster than we can comprehend," said Picket.