SCC: VIR II: Team Cobalt California race notes

Team Cobalt California Shares Successful 2006 Ending With Help of Special Olympiads. BENICIA, Calif. - Team Cobalt California was joined by members of the Halifax County, Virginia chapter of The Special Olympics at VIRginia International ...

Team Cobalt California Shares Successful 2006 Ending With Help of Special Olympiads.

BENICIA, Calif. - Team Cobalt California was joined by members of the Halifax County, Virginia chapter of The Special Olympics at VIRginia International Raceway throughout the Oct. 6-8 Grand-Am Cup Series weekend.

The Olympiads sat behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged No. 48 and No. 98 cars, aided in changing wheels, and assisted in detailing the cars prior to practice. The children also ate lunch with the team and spent a significant amount of time with the drivers and crew.

"The energy and excitement from the kids was contagious," team co-owner Robyn Lepper said. "The interaction between my team and the children, combined with the fun the kids had turned a successful weekend into one that I will never forget."

In the final race of the 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series, Team Cobalt California's No. 48 car, driven by VJ Mirzayan and Sean Hayes, finished 12th in the Street Tuner class and was the first Cobalt to take the checkered flag. This resulted in Team Cobalt California finishing the last race of the season as the top finishing Cobalt for General Motors Performance Division. The No. 98 car, driven by Aaron Povoledo, Jack Mardikian and team co-owner Tom Lepper, was the second Cobalt to take the checkered flag. Mechanical issues briefly hampered the No. 98 car, but it returned to the track to complete the race 15th in class.

"We are very proud of our team and the 2006 season as a whole. Our results at VIR that contributed to Chevrolet's successful third place finish in factory points were the topping on the cake" Tom Lepper said.

-credit: tcc

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Aaron Povoledo , Jack Mardikian