ONTARIO'S CGI-DEANGELIS RACING HOPES TO CONQUER HOME TRACK BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO (AUGUST 17, 2010) -- CGI-DeAngelis Racing will bring a local flavor to the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship at the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of ...
ONTARIO'S CGI-DEANGELIS RACING HOPES TO CONQUER HOME TRACK
BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO (AUGUST 17, 2010) -- CGI-DeAngelis Racing will bring a local flavor to the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship at the Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport August 26-29, fielding an all-Ontario three-car team at a venue all three drivers consider their home track.
CGI-DeAngelis recently expanded from a one-car to a three-car team (joining Michal Chlumecky will be Toronto native Robert Sabato and Amherstberg's Max DeAngelis). Windsor native Chlumecky has the most experience racing in the series, having driven his #30 CGI-DeAngelis Racing/Contract Glaziers West WR1000 to two third place finishes in Lites 2 earlier this season at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, in addition to the four events he ran last season. While he labels his expectations for this event "realistic," he hopes racing on the track he knows so well will give him an advantage.
"I'd like to earn a podium finish while working through the unexpected growing-pain style issues that are almost certain to arise on a newly expanded three car team," says Chlumecky. "Mosport is an exhilarating track to drive, from both technical and speed perspectives. Regardless of how fast you are through turns one and two, just knowing that you can be faster, challenging yourself to do so, then succeeding (even while your heart is in your throat) provides me with the ultimate thrill and satisfaction."
Sabato ran in four Lites events last year, highlighted by a victory and a second place finish at the final event of the season, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Sabato looks forward to running more events with the series next year.
"In 2009 I only did a couple of races," said Sabato. "There were several reasons for choosing Lites - the fact that it is a spec series where the cars are equal means it will be challenging. Add to that the speed of the cars, the variety of the venues and most importantly, the chance to race with some very good friends and build what we all hope to be some great memories.
"We have no unrealistic expectations - we want to get to know the car and set up. This race together with Road Atlanta will be a team building exercise. We have lots to learn in every respect and hopefully, we'll do at least six events next year."
DeAngelis, who co-owns the team with Chlumecky and Ken Cooney, also looks forward to getting into a Lites car for the first time at the historic venue.
"We wanted to find a series that provides world class venues and tracks. And the West car is a great car for an amateur, such as myself, who is trying to improve technically yet still have a great amount of competition. The cars are quick, reliable and in most cases affordable. They simply provide the full package at our level.
"The goal for me is to finish the race at a good pace and set personal goals. As it is my first IMSA event I really want to come out of this weekend gaining knowledge and confidence for future events."
And how will each driver handle the added pressure of racing in front of the hometown fans?
If anything it should be less pressure," says Sabato. "It is our home track, we have a 6th Gear Event Club at Mosport where we host several lapping days every summer, so learning the track should be less of an issue. Learning the car for me will be the main focus. The pressure will come from within our team, we all are eager to learn, and learn quickly."
"I guess in the back of my mind yes, I don't want to disappoint," says DeAngelis, "but for the most part it is an event close to home where friends and family can experience a race weekend first hand. We are all really close so it is going to be a lot of fun."
The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship features racing between two sports racer prototype classes, Lites 1 and Lites 2, presenting a dimension of competition as drivers must be aware of classes with distinctly different speeds as they navigate the race track. This is the same challenge faced by the drivers of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
The 2010 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship comes to a close at the legendary Petit Le Mans, September 29 October 2 at Road America. Follow along on the race weekend at www.litestiming.com, on Facebook and Twitter, and visit www.prototypelites.com for the latest schedule and updates.