Tripoint Motorsports expands to three cars for 2002 with stellar speed touring car driver lineup CANOGA PARK, Calif. (February 15, 2002) -- TriPoint Motorsports has announced its expansion to three Mazda Prot0x7a60ES Touring Cars for the...
Tripoint Motorsports expands to three cars for 2002 with stellar speed touring car driver lineup
CANOGA PARK, Calif. (February 15, 2002) -- TriPoint Motorsports has announced its expansion to three Mazda Prot0x7a60ES Touring Cars for the 2002 SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge season. Driving the cars will be veterans Paul Bonaccorsi and Shanua Marinus and rookie Scott Bradley.
Returning for their second seasons with the team are Paul Bonaccorsi (No. 40), of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Shauna Marinus (No. 4), of Folsom, Calif. The duo helped Mazda in the developmental first season with the Prot0x7a60in 2001. While the season path may have had some bumps along the way, cracking the top-five at the season finale doubleheader weekend at Road Atlanta rewarded each driver.
"With the commitment TriPoint and Mazda have in this program, I can only see success for the team in 2002," said Marinus, who recorded a career-best finish of fifth in the season finale at Road Atlanta--the best ever for a Mazda Prot0x7a6e "Adding Scott Bradley to the team can only help all of us do our jobs better." "I am thrilled to be returning to Speed World Challenge with Tri-Point Motorsports," said Bonaccorsi, a three-time SCCA Valvoline Runoffs Champion with backing from WLC Architects and Construction Services. "Last year was a development year for the Mazda Prot0x7a6c and the steady gains we made all season had the cars finishing in the top 10 by the last two races. I expect that we'll pick up where we left off and carry that momentum right up to the podium. With a third championship driver, Scott Bradley, joining Shauna and myself, the Tri-Point Mazdas are poised to win some races. I'm looking forward to seeing those R.E.W.A.R.D.S weight numbers next to my name."
Joining the team in a third car (No. 14) for 2002 is reigning STAR Mazda Champion Scott Bradley, of Mountain View, Calif. Bradley, 25, won the closest STAR Mazda Championship ever in 2001, topping second place by just two points.
"Right now, unless you have a million dollars in your pocket, there are more opportunities in sports car racing than in open wheels," said Bradley, who once tested Steve Dinan's BMW 540 World Challenge car some years back. "The winner of the STAR Mazda Championship generally is awarded a test in an ALMS PTG BMW, but since they pulled out of the series, [series owner] Gary Rodriguez pointed me in the direction of TriPoint.
"I'm really looking forward to working with TriPoint. My biggest question going into it is adapting to street tires. I think it'll take a little time to adapt and run 100 percent, but I hope to run for Rookie of the Year this year and the outright Championship in 2003."
Bradley will get his first taste of the Mazda in a test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park next week.
"This season looks really good for the TriPoint Motorsports team," said Craig Nagler, team owner and recipient of the 2001 Speedvision Touring Car Crew of the Year award. "Over the winter, we did quite a bit of chassis work, which should help it handle better. We've also gone through and taken care of 90 percent of the reliability problems that plagued us last year. Our goal is to battle up front with everyone else in 2002."
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