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Sebring: Speedsport preveiw

Speedsport seeks Sebring success. Sugar Hill, Ga (March 8, 2003) - The bump and grind of the SPEED World Challenge series begins with Round One at the 3.54 mile Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL and SpeedSport drivers Robert...

Speedsport seeks Sebring success.

Sugar Hill, Ga (March 8, 2003) - The bump and grind of the SPEED World Challenge series begins with Round One at the 3.54 mile Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL and SpeedSport drivers Robert Baxter and Roger Foo are anxious to get things going behind the wheel of their Mazda Protege Touring Cars. With new teams joining the fray and the drivers regaining their racing legs, the first race of the season promises to be both fun and unpredictable.

A lot is expected of the Mazda Protege in Touring Car this year and off-season improvements should yield even better performance. Baxter thinks this puts the team in a pretty good position saying, "We thrashed to get my car done for Sebring last year and in hindsight, it may not have been the best idea as our performance suffered. Going into this race, my #86 car was done and we expect to do a lot better because of the testing and development under our belt from a full season of racing. Our test at Sebring in January went very well too. We changed a lot on the car suspension-wise and we definitely made up a lot of ground compared to where we were last year. All of the speed we found was in the set-up and with the car no longer fighting the notoriously bumpy surface of the Sebring circuit we should be in really good shape." Baxter had three top-ten finishes in 2002 and the B&M Holeshot Award at Road America.

Foo will be a beneficiary of the SpeedSport development work as he climbs into a new Protege the team worked feverishly to build since early February. The template for his #88 car sat alongside during the construction process. Along with Baxter, Foo is sure he can improve on last year's result. "What I am looking forward to doing this year is finishing the race," said Foo. "I think with the program Robert and I put together this year, we could be a legitimate threat to be fast and competitive at Sebring. This is my third visit to the track and hopefully it will be the charm." Foo had three top-ten finishes in 2002 and a win in 2001 so he knows where the front of the pack is.

Based in Sugar Hill, Ga., SpeedSport is sponsored by Mazda, H&R Special Springs, Advanced Clutch Technology and BBS wheels.

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Drivers Robert Baxter , Roger Foo