Sullivan, WI -- With two professional titles under his belt, Bob Endicott enters the World Challenge Touring class this year as a rookie in name only. Recently Endicott took the time to answer a few questions in regards to the upcoming World ...
Sullivan, WI -- With two professional titles under his belt, Bob Endicott enters the World Challenge Touring class this year as a rookie in name only. Recently Endicott took the time to answer a few questions in regards to the upcoming World Challenge Touring season. Endicott will be driving an Acura RSX for King Motorsports.
Q: While you have become best known for your two Professional Championships in endurance racing, you have a lot of experience in sprint racing due to your SCCA National programs. Do you feel those have prepared you for the rigors of World Challenge competition?
Bob Endicott: Experience always helps. In both endurance and club racing I have learned a lot that will directly transfer over to World Challenge. Probably the biggest difference will be the closeness of racing in World Challenge. Not only in how many cars there will be running at the front, but also how close to each other you actually are.
In club and endurance racing, contact is highly discouraged. But in WC light contact is OK and makes for a much more entertaining TV program. What I will need to learn is what SCCA Pro considers "light" vs. "heavy".
Q: How much of a difference do you expect from a driver's standpoint do you feel the Acura RSX will be when compared to the Acura Integra Type R?
Endicott: The Integra Type R has the traditional Honda/Acura upper and lower control arms that have been around for the last fifteen years. The RSX has a new design suspension and steering. The King Motorsports Team has been working very hard to understand this new system, and I'm sure they will give me a very good suspension package to work with.
I expect the RSX will have a wider power band than the Integra Type R, and will be better in long radius corners. The Integra might still have a slight advantage in quick transitions as this has always been one of it's strong points.
Q: King Motorsports will get the chance next year to prove that the RSX is a worthy successor to the Integra in the racing world. How do you think the RSX and Integra compare when looked at from the street tuner's standpoint?
Endicott: I think the Street Tuners should be very excited about the RSX. It looks great with larger wheels and tires and a lower ride height. The cylinder head flows very well, and should respond to aftermarket intake and exhaust systems when they are done correctly. The new family of engines and transmissions have lots of interchangeable parts between models which can be used to match the owners particular interest.
Q: What have your first impressions of driving an Acura RSX been? Does it leave you with the impression that it can overcome the BMWs and Protégés in the Touring class?
Endicott: The RSX is a very good car from an aerodynamics viewpoint. Much better than the BMW or Protégé from what I can see. The chassis feels solid, and all the controls are placed exactly where you need them to be. The engine has a wide power band and loves to rev.
The SCCA does an excellent job of making very different cars perform equal on the racetrack. This again makes for better TV entertainment. I feel the best teams and drivers will make the difference as to who comes out on top at the end of the day. King Motorsports is one of those teams, and I'm sure they can bring the RSX up to the top level of World Challenge.
King Motorsports will campaign the Acura RSX with the help of: American Honda Motor Co., Moton Suspension, Prodrive, H&R Springs, Pagid Brake Pads, and of course Mugen Co., Ltd.
The World Challenge season starts on March 14th at Sebring International Raceway. To learn more about King Motorsports or Mugen Power, visit their website: www.kingmotorsports.com/