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DuPont Motorsport announces 2002 plans

Dupont Motorsport Plans Seven-Car Assault On Both Speed World Challenge Touring Car And GT For 2002 WILMINGTON, Del. (February 26, 2002)-DuPont Motorsport has announced its 2002 SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge® plans, led by two-time ...

Dupont Motorsport Plans Seven-Car Assault On Both Speed World Challenge Touring Car And GT For 2002

WILMINGTON, Del. (February 26, 2002)-DuPont Motorsport has announced its 2002 SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge® plans, led by two-time defending Speed Touring Car Championship Runner-Up Neal Sapp and team owner/driver Alfred duPont. The team will run a total of five BMW Touring Cars, with the addition of two BMW Speed GT cars.

After finishing second in Touring Car points in 2000 and 2001, Sapp will return to the No. 55 BMW 325is which carried him to a season-high four wins in 2001. He looks to famed "duPont horsepower" to help carry him one step better in 2002.

Neal Sapp en route to victory.
Photo by Fastlines/Greg Aleck.

"I'm looking forward to the new schedule because I think it will favor my style of driving," said Sapp. "The street courses and the race at Virginia International Raceway, where I have competed previously, should play into my favor.

"We're hoping to take the ball from 2001 and run with it. Sebring seems to favor the BMW. I'm pumped because I think that No. 55 is going to be potent."

Sapp will pull double-duty for the entire 2002 season, also running one of the team's two supercharged BMW M3s.

DuPont again returns to the driver's seat of his No. 51 BMW 325is in 2002. The 2000 Laguna Seca race winner hopes to avenge a disappointing season in 2001, which actually ended with him on the sidelines in Road Atlanta after a motorcycle accident left him with broken ribs. DuPont will share driving duties in a second new E46-bodied, supercharged M3 in Speed GT events.

New to duPont Motorsports Touring Car stables are rookies Raan Rodriguez, Chris Gleason and Rick Gilhart.

Rodriguez, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, joins duPont after watching the team score consecutive one-two finishes at the season-ending Road Atlanta doubleheader. A racing veteran of various forms since 1984, Rodriguez will drive the brand new No. 50 BMW 325i.

Gleason, of Johnstown, Pa., may be a rookie to Speed World Challenge competition, but he has extensive experience in sports cars and open wheel competition since the 1970s. In 2001, Gleason recorded top-10 finishes in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gleason will pilot the No. 53 BMW 325is.

Cincinnati's Gilhart is relatively new to road racing, but turned in a silver-medal performance at the 2001 SCCA Valvoline Runoffs® driving a Touring 2 Honda S2000. Gilhart will drive a new BMW 325Ci carrying No. 54.

DuPont Motorsport returns for its fifth Speed World Challenge season in 2002, with continued support from European Racing Technologies, SSF Imported Auto Parts, Habberstad BMW, MOMO, UUC Motorwerks, RC Fuel Injection, Vortech and Forgeline Wheels.

-scca pro racing-

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