Miata Cup: TC Motorsports 2005 races recap

SPARACIO THIRD IN SCCA MAZDASPEED MIATA CUP PACIFIC TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP Federal Way, WA--What started as a slow year for the TC Motorsports team in the SCCA Pro Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires has blossomed into a very successful...

SPARACIO THIRD IN SCCA MAZDASPEED MIATA CUP PACIFIC TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Federal Way, WA--What started as a slow year for the TC Motorsports team in the SCCA Pro Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Presented by Hankook Tires has blossomed into a very successful 2005 championship run. Carlo Sparacio, TC Motorsports principal and lead driver, finished third in the overall driver's championship for the Pacific Tour driving the #2 TC Motorsports/Group 2 Motorsports/Applied Racing Technology/EPRODIUS.COM Mazda Miata. A total of 50 drivers competed in the Pacific Tour, which featured some of the best drivers from across North America competing in Mazda Miatas of equal specifications at some of the most prestigious tracks on the West Coast.

The team made steady progress throughout the six-race season. The results show that the TC Motorsports team started to figure out the chassis setup for the Hankook tires and continued development of their engine package. Sorting a new "zero hour" chassis at the Laguna Seca Sports Car Invitational season opener netted Sparacio sixteenth and fourteenth place finishes. At the Portland Grand Prix, he collected two fifth place finishes and two Sunoco Hard Charger Awards for advancing the most positions during both races. Finally, at the Argent Mortgage Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway, Sparacio qualified on the front row and scored two third place finishes.

Continuous chassis development, along with finishing races and making very few mistakes on track, paid off dividends for Sparacio's and TC Motorsports' first season in professional auto racing. "Coming into this series, we really wanted to do well, but didn't really know what to expect. My goals were to have fun, learn as much as I could from some great teams and drivers, and try to net a top-five finish at one race. I figured Portland would be our best shot, since it is our home track and we had never before been to the two California venues," Sparacio said. "We are extremely excited and happy about finishing third in the championship!"

Sparacio was also the highest-ranking rookie driver in the series, which is a feat in itself considering how competitive the series is.

TC Motorsports would like to thank our sponsors. Group 2 Motorsports in Seattle, Washington, gives us great chassis setups. Applied Racing Technology in Austin, Texas, provides our reliable and powerful engines, which are vital to running up front in this competitive Pro Miata Series. And EPRODIUS.COM does all of our web site development and maintenance and image development. There are also many people behind the scenes that have helped as crew, driving coaches, and team management.

TC Motorsports would also like to thank the series sponsors Mazdaspeed, SCCA Pro Racing, Hankook Tires, Sunoco Fuel, and Hawk Performance Brakes for such a competitive professional racing series.

-www.tcmotorsports.net.

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