Former champ Gigliotti returns to Speed World ChallengeÂ® GT in 2004. TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 19, 2003) -- Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas, Texas, will return to the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championships beginning with the 2004 season. After a ...
Former champ Gigliotti returns to Speed World Challenge® GT in 2004.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 19, 2003) -- Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas, Texas, will return to the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championships beginning with the 2004 season.
After a six-year hiatus from the series, the three-time SCCA SPEED World Challenge Champion will drive the No. 28 LG Pro LonTube Chevrolet Corvette ZO6. Gigliotti says he is looking forward to getting back into the series where he once dominated. In 69 career starts (tied for fifth all-time), Gigliotti has 19 career wins (tied for second), 39 podium finishes (tied for third) and 51 top-10 finishes (fifth) from 1990-1997.
"I had my best success in World Challenge," said Gigliotti, owner of LG Motorsports. "The last year I raced in World Challenge was '97 and when I left, we had the most wins. We were number one on the wins list. We've been knocked down to number three now. We want to get back in and move up the list a little bit. I gave P.D. [Peter] Cunningham six years to beat me up on that record. Now, unless P.D. stops racing for six years, I don't know if we'll ever catch him.
"We just wanted to get back into World Challenge. Everybody seems to have a lot more fun in this series. I like the concept and I like what Mitch [Wright] and everybody has done to the series."
While Gigliotti is looking forward to his return, he understands how tough the competition will be and the amount of work that is ahead of him if he wants to return to the top of the SPEED World Challenge standings.
"My prediction is: it's going to be really tough racing in the top 10," Gigliotti said. "I will just be real happy to get back up into the top 10. To be in the top 10 in World Challenge is pretty good. My goal this year is to be in the top three as many races as I can. I hate to lose. We're going to do everything we can to be competitive."
Another reason Gigliotti, who won SPEED World Challenge Championships in 1991, (Super Sport Class), 1992 (B Class), and 1996 (T1 Class), has decided to return to the series is because of cost containment.
"The rules and the cost containment make it a viable series to come back and race in," Gigliotti said. "It just has not gotten out of hand. I think it has evolved to the point where these are really nice race cars. But, cost containment has been put in place to keep things reasonable. I am looking forward to it."
Gigliotti's son, Louis Gigliotti Jr., will be his crew chief for the upcoming season. The younger Gigliotti has been his dad's crew chief since he was 16 years old.
"He has been instrumental in my racing for the last eight years," Gigliotti said. "At 12 years old he was in the pits helping me. He's 20 years old now. Everybody in the paddock knows him. They've known him since he was a little squirt and now he's a Purdue [University] sophomore. He's the voice on my radio. He's the guy that keeps me right."
The 2004 SPEED World Challenge GT season takes to the track starting March 17-20 at Sebring International Raceway. In 2004, the series will visit Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Infineon Raceway, Portland International Raceway, Mosport International Raceway, Road America, Road Atlanta Motorsports Center and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
For more information about SCCA SPEED World Challenge, visit www.world-challenge.com.
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