Pfaff Porsche Signs On With JFT Team For 2005 SPEED GT Season BUDD LAKE, N.J. (Dec. 21, 2004) -- Pfaff Porsche, one of North America's leading Porsche dealers, has agreed to support Jon Groom Racing with its SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT program...
Pfaff Porsche Signs On With JFT Team For 2005 SPEED GT Season
BUDD LAKE, N.J. (Dec. 21, 2004) -- Pfaff Porsche, one of North America's leading Porsche dealers, has agreed to support Jon Groom Racing with its SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT program in 2005. Pfaff will provide a new 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car to be run under the team's AXA Financial colors in 2005 and will provide additional financial support.
Robin Liddell, of Edinburgh, Scotland, will return to the team in 2005 to drive the car provided by Woodbridge, Ontario-based Pfaff, and Jon Groom will return to drive the No. 65 2003 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car as he has for the past two seasons.
"We've been looking at participation in a major North American sports car series for some time, and concluded that the SPEED World Challenge series was the best opportunity to showcase our product line as it is one of the fastest growing and most relevant series in North America today," Pfaff Porsche CEO Chris Pfaff said. "We're excited about working with Jon Groom and his team in 2005 as, with the help of the new car, they build on last year's successes. We have high expectations and are especially pleased that the series will be visiting Ontario in August."
The 2004 season was a good one for Jon Groom Racing, with a number of top ten runs early in the year, culminating when Robin Liddell joined the team for two of the last three events of the season, at Road America and Road Atlanta. The team then clearly displayed its true capabilities by narrowly missing out on a win at Road Atlanta by less than a second from Max Angelleli in the factory Cadillac.
"We're really excited about working with such a high quality organization as Pfaff Porsche and also very happy that they have agreed to purchase a new car for our use in 2005," Groom said. "This relationship clearly complements our primary sponsorship relationship with Axa, as they both strive for growth through their commitment to quality and excellence. I personally have been very impressed with Chris Pfaff and am confident that we can do our small part to help him with his goal to be the leading Porsche dealership in North America."
While most of the leading teams in World Challenge have the high horsepower, massive torque, US "muscle" V8s and V10s, Jon Groom Racing has deliberately stayed with the Porsche package for 2005 and 2006 and this new relationship between the team and Pfaff Porsche further solidifies that decision.
"We view the SPEED World Challenge series as a very important and growing series in terms of its relevance for high end sports car manufactures and dealers in North America," Porsche Motorsport North America President Uwe Brettel said. "We have, for some time, had great success with leading Porsche dealerships supporting racing activities in the American Le Mans Series and those dealers have derived significant benefit from that participation. We are very happy that Chris Pfaff has decided to support Jon Groom Racing and their World Challenge program as we believe this a very important venue for Porsche and its dealers. We have very high expectations and look forward to very good results in 2005."
"We looked at all the alternatives and concluded that Porsche was the best available car in terms of its performance, but it was also important to us that the car reflect the quality of our primary sponsor," Groom added. "I was happy with Uwe Brettel's vision and commitment from Porsche Motorsport, which has been fully justified, given their help with establishing this new, high quality and important relationship."
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