Lux and White Back on Home Turf for SCCA Portland National Event PORTLAND, Ore., May 9, 2006 -- Local, multi-time road racing champion Cindi Lux will make her only appearance of the season at Portland International Raceway this weekend in...
Lux and White Back on Home Turf for SCCA Portland National Event
PORTLAND, Ore., May 9, 2006 -- Local, multi-time road racing champion Cindi Lux will make her only appearance of the season at Portland International Raceway this weekend in the Grand Prix Imports Festival of Speed Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National event. Lux (Aloha, Ore.), driver of the No. 78 KUMHO Tires/Dodge Motorsports/SRT/Nike/MOMO USA/Forgeline Wheels Viper, is currently leading the Touring One (T1) class of the Northern Pacific (NorPac) Divisional Championship with two wins in the new Viper SRT10 Coupe. A successful weekend in front of her hometown crowd can push Lux further out of the reach of her competitors in pursuit of a fourth-straight title. Teammate Scotty B. White (Puyallup, Wash.) is embroiled in a heated battle of his own as he attempts to regain control of the Southern Pacific (SoPac) Division where he currently sits second after multiple wins in the No. 3 KUMHO Tires/Dodge Motorsports/SRT/CORSA Exhaust/Red Line Oil Dodge Viper SRT10.
Both Lux and White have had a great deal of success on the Portland course including dominating the T1 class here for the last several years. For Lux, being on home turf gives her a feeling of confidence to overcome the challenges as she has done so many times before here.
"When you travel so much to other great race tracks, it's always special to come back home and run in front of your hometown crowd," said Lux. "Individuals and companies in the Northwest have truly supported my motorsports efforts over the years and it's great to show them what their backing has done with our program."
The 1.944-mile, 12-turn Portland International Raceway is a favorite for both drivers. The track enjoys several long straights which can showcase the torque and horsepower of the SRT-built V10 of the Dodge Viper Coupe. The track, which is notoriously slippery, has several technically challenging and tight turns putting a premium on the skill of the driver and the setup of the car. Again, the Viper SRT10 Coupe, because of its strong design and brakes, will be put in the spotlight on the flat circuit.
"Portland is a track where we can baseline our performance as a team," commented Lux on why Portland International is such an important venue. "This track isn't the most technical road circuit in the country but we have done an enormous amount of testing here over the years. It gives us a clear picture of where we need to be in order to be competitive at other tracks. One unique thing about Portland versus other tracks is how much the 'grip level' changes throughout the day. Man, this track is one of the most inconsistent race tracks when it comes to finding adhesion. But that is what gives Portland a lot of personality."
"I really dig coming home to race where all our friends and family can come to support us," offered White about racing in Portland. "The fun factor at the track goes up tenfold! The real reason I love this track is not for its technical difficulty, which is quite low, it's more about the beauty and just being home. What a beautiful place to race. They don't call it Delta PARK for nothing!"
White has been on a mission as of late. He won the last two events at Buttonwillow (Calif.) Raceway Park after a string of misfortunes struck him earlier this season. He has now clawed his way closer to repeating as SoPac champion for the sixth-straight time. He hopes Portland will give him more top trophies but knows he will have to battle Lux to make it happen.
"I'll just keep digging for points," continued White. "Cindi is tough as nails and fast as lightning. She can do no wrong in Portland. So, I'll just be standin' on the gas tryin' to get to the checker first."