Volvo Joins SPEED GT Manufacturers' Championship TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2009) -- With the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Champions K-PAX/3R Racing making the switch from the Porsche 911 GT3 to the Volvo S60, WC Vision and Volvo Cars of...
Volvo Joins SPEED GT Manufacturers' Championship
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2009) -- With the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Champions K-PAX/3R Racing making the switch from the Porsche 911 GT3 to the Volvo S60, WC Vision and Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, today announced that the Swedish marque has joined the 2009 SCCA SPEED GT Manufacturers' Championship Presented by RACER Magazine.
For the 2009 SPEED GT season, Volvo will compete head-to-head for the Manufacturers' Title against confirmed series regulars Ford, Porsche and Viper. Volvo has seen a handful of entries in World Challenge competition since 2004, earning its sole race win in the hands of Michael Galati, who nearly lapped the entire SPEED GT field en route to victory at a rain-soaked Mosport in 2006. Volvo's Vice President of Public Affairs Geno Effler is confident the K-PAX/3R team will bring the brand further success in 2009.
"We're associated with a great race team, so yes, we have high hopes for a great season," Effler said. "World Challenge fans may ask early on, 'What's Volvo doing here?' Later, we want them to be saying, 'Wow, that Volvo rocks.' We expect enthusiasts to see Volvo in a whole new light."
"SPEED World Challenge has become an ideal way to connect car clubs and motorsport enthusiasts together with companies that value competition and performance," WC Vision Co-Chair Peter Cunningham said. "This year, the manufacturers enrolled in the championship receive marketing and incentive packages for their area dealers and guests to invite valued customers to the races. We want to showcase their products - what they can do on the street and what they can do on the track."
The 2009 SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge season kicks off March 18 -- 20 with the Toyo Tires SCCA SPEED World Challenge Season Opener at Sebring International Raceway, part of the 57th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Presented by Fresh from Florida. To learn more and keep tabs on the SCCA SPEED GT Manufacturers' Championship Presented by RACER, visit www.world-challenge.com.
WC Vision LLC
A Limited Liability Company formed in July of 2008 for the purpose of elevating the stature and marketability of the World Challenge series. The equal share investment group comes from within the World Challenge paddock.
SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Championships
Consisting of two separate categories that race independently (GT and Touring Car), the World Challenge Championships are America's top production car-based series. The World Challenge is the most relevant showcase for the world's leading auto brands and makers of performance parts. Series events are a maximum of 50 minutes in length, feature standing starts and showcase cars from the world's leading manufacturers racing head-to-head. For more information see www.world-challenge.com.