Lux Ready to Make SCCA History ALOHA, Ore., September 8, 2004 -- Aloha, Oregon's Cindi Lux has made history several times in her racing career. She was the inaugural champion of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Women's Global GT Series in...
Lux Ready to Make SCCA History
ALOHA, Ore., September 8, 2004 -- Aloha, Oregon's Cindi Lux has made history several times in her racing career. She was the inaugural champion of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Women's Global GT Series in 1999 and competed as part of the first all-female ALMS driver squad at Petit Le Mans the same year. On her way to becoming one of the most dominate women in sports car racing history, Lux has earned ten championships, 70 victories, 138 podium finishes and has captured 41 career pole positions.
Now, the 2003 Oregon SCCA National Driver of the Year will again have a shot at history as the first woman to win the Sports Car Club of America's prestigious Triple Crown. The Triple Crown awards a driver who wins the three major SCCA events of the season: the June Sprints at Road America, a Divisional Championship and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. With two of the three titles sewn-up, Lux will roll her red Corvette Z06 into Lexington's Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the 2004 Runoffs to try and make history with a win in one of the world's most difficult motorsports challenges. Besides her driving duties, Lux will write daily updates that will be available at www.cindilux.com to give readers an inside view at this grueling and historic event.
Lux, whose car is prepared by her husband Fred, checked off the June Sprints title at Road America becoming only the second woman in the 49 year history of the event to win a class. In total, she drove the No. 78 KUMHO Tire/ Suburban Chevrolet/ Redline Oil/ Kodiak Racing Wheels/ CORSA Exhaust Corvette Z06 to four wins, six second places and three track records in 11 races. In the process she checked-off another jewel of the Triple Crown by winning her second-straight SCCA NorPac Divisional T1 class title.
The T1 class is for modified high performance street machines and is stacked with some of the biggest names in SCCA racing including Lux's teammate Scotty B. White. With the best T1 class drivers in the country coming to the Runoffs, Lux will face the biggest challenge of the year if she is to make history. Adding to the race's difficultly is its individual importance. A win would make Lux not only the Triple Crown victor but T1 Class National Champion. The Runoffs, a no-holds barred battle from green flag to checker, is the sole factor in determining the 2004 SCCA T1 National Champion, past performances have no impact. The T1 race is scheduled to be held on Mid-Ohio's 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course at 3:20 pm, Friday, September 24.
Cindi Lux: "I don't think a lot about the magnitude of the races I'm in or the importance they might have in the record book. I'll worry about that when I'm old and Fred and I are looking at the scrapbook trying to figure out who those people are. I attack each race the same... get to that waving checkered flag first. I try to keep things simple. I don't do it for my gender; I just do it for because of the incredible challenge it gives me behind the wheel. If that can inspire another woman, then great. But, that isn't why I do it. This is an important race for us, for KUMHO, for Suburban Chevrolet, CORSA and NayKid Racing. We are all out to win. When the dust settles, if I've won, I'll sit down with a glass of wine and celebrate. After that it'll be back to work because '05 is right around the corner."
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