DEL MAR, Calif. (April 8, 2003) - The Palomar Technologies, K&G Racing, AWR Team announced today that SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge veteran Paul Bonaccorsi will pilot the team's newly developed Mazdaspeed Protege for the 2003 SCCA Speed ...
DEL MAR, Calif. (April 8, 2003) - The Palomar Technologies, K&G Racing, AWR Team announced today that SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge veteran Paul Bonaccorsi will pilot the team's newly developed Mazdaspeed Protege for the 2003 SCCA Speed Touring Car Championship.
"Our first race in this series was an eye-opener," said Gary Gist, team owner who has opted out of the car after driving in the season-opener at Sebring. "The competition is tough, and as a new team, we were facing a little bit of a learning curve.
"A lot of preparation has gone into the car, from its construction to the trackside support we'll provide. With someone of Paul's caliber behind the wheel, along with the experienced crew, we'll find the racecar's potential more quickly."
"I'm really excited to be driving for this team," said Bonaccorsi, who won two races in 2002 and posted a top-five finish at Sebring for OPM Motorsports. "Gary [Gist] has assembled some excellent resources and built a great race car.
"I've worked previously with Tony Woodford of AWR, and Carl Azevedo, who helped engineer and prepare the car. So, as a team, we have some common ground already. I'm also looking forward to working with the other experienced team members, including Crew Chief Chris Payne, formerly with DG Racing, and Jeff Bortels, formerly with CDI Racing, who will round out this well-prepared team."
The team plans on multiple test sessions to dial the car in prior to the next race May 16-18, 2003, at Mosport International Raceway. With Bonaccorsi winning the most recent SCCA Speed Touring Car event at Mosport, the new team fully expects to have their new, bright-orange Protege battling it out with the front-runners.
For more information on the SCCA Speed World Challenge, please visit www.world-challenge.com.
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