NayKid on the Big Stage - Lux and White Enter Road Atlanta Round of SPEED World Challenge Magnitude and Importance of Atlanta Event Brings NayKid Racing to Penultimate GT Race BRASELTON, Ga., September 24, 2007 - NayKid Racing will compete in...
NayKid on the Big Stage - Lux and White Enter Road Atlanta Round of SPEED World Challenge
Magnitude and Importance of Atlanta Event Brings NayKid Racing to Penultimate GT Race
BRASELTON, Ga., September 24, 2007 - NayKid Racing will compete in the final two events of the 2007 SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT season. The team had scheduled to run only once more in their first year racing the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe; the October 21st event in Monterey, Calif. However, the program's recent success on-track and the overall importance of the Petit Le Mans weekend led principals Cindi Lux (Aloha, Ore.) and Scotty B. White (Lake Tapps, Wash.) to include the SCCA SPEED GT at the Petit Le Mans. It is hoped that the choice to make the cross-country trek for the October 5th event at Road Atlanta will help maintain the momentum generated in recent races.
The No. 2 Dodge/Mintex Brakes/MOMO Dodge Viper Competition Coupe of Lux and White's No. 3 Corsa Performance/Forgeline Dodge Viper Comp. Coupe, which struggled early in the return to professional motorsports, began grabbing attention and headlines at their second race of the season; Salt Lake City's Miller Motorsports Park. Lux walked away with the Top- Rookie of the Race Award while White earned the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for most positions gained in the event. While the 2007 rules adjustments have, in large part, made it nearly impossible for the Dodge Viper Comp. Coupe to compete head-to-head with other cars in the GT Series, NayKid Racing has made serious progress over their limited season. By the most recent race at Mosport International Raceway, the two past SCCA Club Racing Champions were regularly fighting it out in the top-10 of the Series.
Road Atlanta's 2.54-mile, 12-turn facility is one of the classic American road courses. The track, tucked within the hills of north Georgia just an hour outside of Atlanta, is among the fastest circuits in the country. It draws many similarities to Mosport where both Lux and White impressed the competition despite having two different race strategies in the wet-dry conditions. The Road Atlanta weekend will be the team's fifth SPEED World Challenge GT race of the season.
The Tenth Anniversary of the great Road Atlanta race puts the Northwest-based team on one of the biggest stages of the international motorsports calendar. That stage seems perfect to not only show the team's growing prowess in the Series but also a way to support the team's major marketing partners. Corsa Performance Exhaust, Mintex Brakes and MOMO USA along with Forgeline Wheels and Red Line Oil among others all view the SCCA SPEED GT at the Petit Le Mans as the ultimate arena to display their products to the wider motorsports community and fans. Only one other event, the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring where the SPEED GT Series plays a key supporting role, can place these partners in front of such a wide range of customers and potential customers. The success that NayKid Racing has on the track pushes that potential.
The SPEED GT race from Road Atlanta can be seen on SPEED Channel, Saturday, October 13 at 3 pm (ET).
Cindi Lux, Driver, No. 2: "Petit Le Mans is just too big of an event for us to not attend, especially for our sponsors. This race is just insane with all the crowds and the exposure level is huge. So the business decision was made for us to make the long haul across the country to this fantastic race track. The last time I raced at Road Atlanta was in 2000 in a Porsche in ALMS and I know a lot has changed since then. It's a super fast track and that is something that both Scotty and I really prefer from a drivers standpoint with our Vipers."
Scotty B. White, Driver, No. 3: "We learned so much at Mosport about our cars. Unfortunately, we were not able to showcase that knowledge do to the nutty weather. In spite of the compromised setups both cars briefly dipped into the top-ten. We just plan to build on what we learned and fight our way solidly into the top-ten at Atlanta. I am so looking forward to running Road Atlanta. It is an incredible track. It should be a blast for the Viper. Cindi has a lot of experience there and will be a big help for us. The weekend also provides an incredible opportunity to showcase our partners like CORSA, Mintex and MOMO because of the huge crowd. This is gonna be a HOOT!"
Rob Dommes, Marketing and Racing Manager, MOMO USA: "Pro racing is important for MOMO because it allows us an opportunity for testing new ideas and products. This gives us valuable feedback from drivers and teams to perfect the product before it goes into production. NayKid Racing has proven to work in a very professional manner and has been beneficial to MOMO because of the feedback that we get from the team. Their reports on new product testing have helped to refine new products that are now in production."
Fred Callahan, Motorsports Program Manager, Mintex: "One of the largest racing market increases Mintex Racing has experienced this year has come from the Speed World Challenge Series. This can be linked to NayKid Racing's presence in the Series and Mintex logos on their cars. NayKid Racing is a good fit. It has more to do with people identifying their race cars as 'real' cars. They have increased our name recognition of the Mintex brand itself, but also to our Mintex Xtreme line of pads, which is our high performance street pads."
Gautam Pathak, Director, Product Development & O.E. Sales, CORSA Performance: "Corsa Performance has a reputation for being a leader in the field of exhaust noise attenuation technology. We enjoy being associated with race partners that have a reputation for success and attention to detail in everything they do. NayKid Racing gives us a technically advanced platform to showcase our products and the team members do a great job of educating potential customers about the benefits of our technology."