TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 11, 2003) -- GKN Sinter Metals has announced it will be the primary sponsor of LC Racing's new Ford Focus during the 2004 and 2005 SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car seasons. Leo Capaldi, of Lenox Twp., Mich., driver and...
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 11, 2003) -- GKN Sinter Metals has announced it will be the primary sponsor of LC Racing's new Ford Focus during the 2004 and 2005 SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car seasons.
Leo Capaldi, of Lenox Twp., Mich., driver and owner of the Michigan-based LC Racing has made the decision to drive a Ford Focus during the upcoming 2004 SPEED Touring Car season after having driven a Mercury Cougar in five SPEED Touring Car races during the 2003 campaign. Capaldi, a former Ford employee who is now with Visteon, decided to make the switch after Ford Motor Company's decision to discontinue production of the Mercury Cougar.
GKN Sinter Metals cited Capaldi's move to develop a competition Ford Focus as "critical" to the company's decision to renew its sponsorship. GKN said it would continue to identify components with strategic market significance for development and testing in the Ford Focus.
The world's leading producer of precision powder metal (P/M) components, GKN Sinter Metals had been using LC Racing's Mercury Cougar as a mobile development lab during the past two years for testing engine components. According to GKN Sinter Metals, P/M rocker arms and P/M aluminum cam caps had been performing with excellent results in the Cougar's 6-cylinder, 2.5-liter Duratec engine during the entire 2003 season.
Capaldi states that the Ford Focus chassis is currently being built and will feature a 2.3-liter I-4 PZEV Ford/Mazda engine platform and Ford Motor Company Getrag MTX-75 transmission platform. Ford has upgraded the Ford Focus power plant by transitioning to the 2.3-liter PZEV from the 2.0-liter Z-tec engine. Ford Racing's commitment to the growing Sport Compact market has led engineers to work closely with LC Racing on engine, chassis and transmission development.
"We feel we have taken the next step to put Ford in the SPEED World Challenge winner's circle," Capaldi said.
The 2004 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car season takes to the track starting March 12-14 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. 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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