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JGR adds third entry for 2005

Jon Groom Racing signs young Canadian To Run Third SPEED GT Porsche BOONTON, N.J. (Feb. 24, 2005) -- After securing a two year, two-car deal with the team's primary sponsor Axa Financial, Inc., Jon Groom Racing has signed young Canadian driver...

Jon Groom Racing signs young Canadian To Run Third SPEED GT Porsche

BOONTON, N.J. (Feb. 24, 2005) -- After securing a two year, two-car deal with the team's primary sponsor Axa Financial, Inc., Jon Groom Racing has signed young Canadian driver Alex Penfold to drive the third Axa/Pfaff Porsche in his first SPEED World Challenge event at Sebring March 15-18, 2005 .

Penfold will drive the third car alongside Robin Liddell and team owner Jon Groom.

"We're very happy to have Alex on board for his debut in World Challenge GT racing and in a Porsche. We recently did an extended test with Alex and he proved to be quick, consistent and very grounded for a 19 year old," Groom said. " He got on very well with the team and should have a great future in sportscar racing."

Doug Spranger, Team Manager added, "We're hoping that Alex will continue for the balance of the season as he's well-liked by the team, has a willingness to learn and, most importantly, early testing has shown him to be surprisingly quick and consistent."

Penfold will be one of two 19 year olds entered in the GT field of the SPEED World Challenge, but has had much racing success already given his young age.

Penfold started kart racing in 1999 and by 2001 he was winning races, eventually earning the OKRA Championship "Senior Rookie of the Year" award, followed by 3rd overall in the Sunoco Ron Fellows OKRA Championship in 2002.

Alex ran select shifter kart races in 2003, winning the Stars of Tomorrow Windsor Grand Prix by a clear 14 second margin before graduating to the Honda Michelin Challenge Series in 2004, where he had a pole, two wins and two podiums. It was a performance that earned him the Rookie of the Year title and sixth place overall.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity to drive one of the Jon Groom Racing 911 Porsches in what is one of the most exciting series around. I'd like to thank my Manager for his support in getting me here, and also Chris Pfaff who has helped me to this point in my career and is also a sponsor of the team. I know I have a lot to learn, but I can't wait to get started in March. Hopefully, I'll be able to do the rest of the season and fight for Rookie-of-the-Year," Penfold said.

For more information about the SPEED World Challenge Series, visit www.world-challenge.com or www.jongroomracing.com.

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Series PWC
Drivers Ron Fellows , Robin Liddell , Jon Groom , Alex Penfold