Bradley and Gourlie ready to clean up the competition with Quick 'n Brite in 2003. Indianapolis, Ind. (February 14, 2003)-Tommy Bradley will now have a product to help clean his 2000 and 2002 CORR Sportsman 2 trophies. He's also hoping he can...
Bradley and Gourlie ready to clean up the competition with Quick 'n Brite in 2003.
Indianapolis, Ind. (February 14, 2003)-Tommy Bradley will now have a product to help clean his 2000 and 2002 CORR Sportsman 2 trophies. He's also hoping he can use Quick 'n Brite to help polish a Pro-2 trophy in the near future. Bradley will move from the Sportsman 2 division to the Pro-2 division in the 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series, teaming up with Larry Gourlie and Quick 'n Brite Racing. Bradley has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.
"The Quick 'n Brite Racing Team has very generously given me the opportunity and the equipment to run for the Pro-2 points championship in our first year together," said an elated Bradley. "Larry (Gourlie) has defined my job, and my job is to win!"
In 29 career Sportsman 2 starts, Bradley has 20 wins and has claimed two division championships in 2000 and 2002. Although that domination has given him well deserved attention, Bradley was unable to find the right mix of resources to give him an opportunity to compete full time in the Pro-2 division, until now.
"He's a very clean cut professional person," said Gourlie. "His results on the track speak for itself."
Gourlie will return to the CORR Lucas Oil Series after taking a year off to help his son prepare for college. While he enjoyed the time off, he admitted it was tough to sit out.
"I missed the CORR atmosphere," Gourlie said. "I was not even sure whether or not I would race in 2003."
The Quick 'n Brite racing team will add two new trucks to the arsenal. Both trucks have off-road experience. One truck, a Walker Evans' built truck that was formerly driven by Brendan Gaughan in Championship Off Road Racing, is being shipped from Australia, where it has been the past two years. Pro-2 driver Kevin Probst formerly drove the other truck.
For Gourlie, it was easy to give a proven winner a chance to compete at one of the highest levels in Championship Off Road Racing. Bradley's success has given him confidence he will need when he lines up against drivers such as Scott Taylor (Pro-2 champion from 1999-2002), Evan Evans, Carl Renezeder and Dan Vanden Heuvel, just to name a few.
Bradley did admit that the main difference moving from the Sportsman 2 to the Pro-2 division would be the level of competition.
"In the past we've been able to use our equipment and our driver to our advantage. Now, everyone has good equipment. It will now be all up to me to make a difference," said Bradley.
"I am very confident, said Bradley. "After winning two point championships (in Sportsman 2), 4 World Championships, winning 18 times in 24 starts, as well as finishing 4th in the BorgWarner World Championships, this is where my confidence comes from."
By having access to much better equipment, Gourlie is convinced that Bradley will win.
"I see an absolute diamond in the rough situation (with Bradley)," said Gourlie. "We plan on winning the championship our first year out."
"Tommy Bradley is a driver I actually look up to," Gourlie said. "He's extremely excited about the program."
For Bradley, it will take some time before he realizes that his dreams came true.
"I don't think it has hit me yet," said the two-time Sportsman 2 champion. "My family and I had quite a moment when we sealed the deal. There were some cheers, and some tears. I think I'll be able to say more when I get to see the new truck."