BRASELTON, Georgia - Tuesday, October 3, 2000- Indianapolis resident Terri Hundertmark took her first Womenâ€™s Global GT Series (WGGTS) top-five finish with a fifth-place during the Petit Le Mans weekend here at Road Atlanta. The WGGTS rookie...
BRASELTON, Georgia - Tuesday, October 3, 2000- Indianapolis resident Terri Hundertmark took her first Women’s Global GT Series (WGGTS) top-five finish with a fifth-place during the Petit Le Mans weekend here at Road Atlanta. The WGGTS rookie raced from a seventh-place start to her highest WGGTS career finish in the #24 Oakwood Tire Company/ Michelin/ Racing For Kids/ MsSpeed.com/TCR Panoz.
“I am relieved to finally get in the top-five,” enthused Hundertmark who was racing for only the second time at Road Atlanta. “It has been a tough fight. Now I need to work on getting there consistently!”
The 2.56 mile Road Atlanta course has been a favorite of Hundertmark’s since first running it during the 1999 WGGTS try-outs. The elevation changes and high-speed straightaways suit Hundertmark’s smooth driving style.
“The race was exciting. The top-seven were only a second or so apart in qualifying times,” offered Hundertmark. “I had one of the best seats at the whole track. I got to watch the lead changes and even a hood get airborne. The top-five stayed bumper-to-bumper for the whole race. It was a lot of fun.”
Road Atlanta was playing host to the third annual Petit Le Mans weekend. The Petit Le Mans has quickly become one of the sport’s marquee weekends. “I couldn't believe how many people were at the race,” reflected Hundertmark. “The event has definitely stepped up every year. The fans were so excited to watch our race, it really fires us up.” A record attendance of over 20,000 were estimated to see the WGGTS event held as support for the 10 Hour/ 1,000 Mile Petit Le Mans enduro which drew nearly 60,000.
Hundertmark will close out the 2000 WGGTS season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 29th in the Michelin/ Racing For Kids/ MsSpeed.com/ TCR Panoz. Her fifth-place run at Road Atlanta moved her up to seventh in the extremely tight Women’s Series points standings.
“I am happy that the points race has been so tight. I think it makes it more exciting. I also think that it says a lot for the series. The cars are very close and the series is packed with talented drivers. Consistency is going to win the championship. I’ll keep fighting to get all the points I can at Vegas. Anything can happen.”
As the sole female spokesperson for Racing For Kids, Hundertmark helps raise awareness of the health-care needs of children in the communities in which she races. Racing For Kids has raised over $1.5 million since its creation. Hundertmark visited Children’s Health Care of Atlanta during the week preceding the Petit Le Mans. She visited with over 40 children at the Egelston children hospital.
Race reports written by Terri are available on her web site, www.MsSpeed.com. For information on Michelin, please visit www.michelin.com. Additional information on the Women’s Global GT Series can be found at www.americanlemans.com. For more about Racing For Kids, please see www.racingforkids.org.