BimmerWorld Racing Reveals 2005 SPEED Touring Car Plans RADFORD, Va. (March 10, 2005) -- The "BimmerWorld Boys," who marked the 2004 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge season with several spectacular races backed by strong, late-season ...
BimmerWorld Racing Reveals 2005 SPEED Touring Car Plans
RADFORD, Va. (March 10, 2005) -- The "BimmerWorld Boys," who marked the 2004 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge season with several spectacular races backed by strong, late-season finishes, are back for a championship run in 2005.
The trio of James Clay, Matt Richmond, and Seth Thomas all return to the driver's seat of their BMW 325i sedans, and will again be led by 2004 Zimmerman Cup winner Jason Marks. Along with a few new additions, the majority of BimmerWorld's 2004 crew returns as well.
"I am thrilled with the continuity our team will have for the 2005 season," BimmerWorld Crew Chief Jason Marks said. "And the new specialists we are bringing in will give us all the tools needed to put us high on the list of championship contenders."
"We have learned a lot in the past two years of World Challenge competition," added team principle James Clay. "This winter we added Dick Golembiewski as our engineer and technical advisor. He has a diverse range of practical experience in the racing world. Additionally, we have drawn from specialists on leading teams in other forms of racing in order to make BimmerWorld Racing the development leader in World Challenge."
The other drivers also feel they are up to the challenge of going after a SPEED Touring Car championship.
"We have been working hard in the off season and have been testing extensively both on and off track," Thomas said. "I feel the work we have done will pay off."
The addition of three street courses to the 2005 schedule will also add excitement to the season for Richmond.
"I missed the street circuits in 2004," said Richmond, who recorded his highest Touring Car finish in San Juan on the Grand Prix of Puerto Rico street course in 2003. "The tight courses suit us well as drivers and should be an advantage for our team."
The 11 race Touring Car championship kicks off March 16-18 with the 53rd Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring event in Sebring, Fla. That event is quickly followed by two April events - the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg street race in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Grand Prix of Atlanta at Road Atlanta.
The series then stops twice in Ohio and at Lime Rock in Connecticut, before making a West Coast swing which includes events in Sonoma, Calif., Portland, Ore., and Denver, Colo. Teams then travel north of the border to Ontario, B.C. (Can.) and then back to Monterey, Calif., and historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the season finale.
The 2005 BimmerWorld World Challenge team is sponsored by Ground Control, Hawk Performance, StopTech, Silkolene, Eibach, Bimmerforums, and the Wheelchair Foundation.