USAR: Hurricane Motorsports announces driver change

New Stanton, PA - Chris Angelicchio has been named to fill the vacant drivers seat of the Hurricane Motorsports entry for the 2004 USAR Hooters ProCup Series season. The decision was finalized after former ProCup Champion and Hurricane Motorsports...

New Stanton, PA - Chris Angelicchio has been named to fill the vacant drivers seat of the Hurricane Motorsports entry for the 2004 USAR Hooters ProCup Series season. The decision was finalized after former ProCup Champion and Hurricane Motorsports driver Marion Gosselin, chose to focus his attention on other racing opportunities. Although Gosselin will be slipping out of the drivers seat his presence will still be felt, as he will remain on board with Hurricane Motorsports in the role of Team Advisor.

Chris began his racing career in the go-cart ranks in and around Western Pennsylvania, and quickly showed the potential which led him right to the front of the pack. He next moved up to UMP Modifieds, and then to Limited Late Models at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS) in 1998. Chris scored his first Limited Late Model win in only his second race, again showing the promise that comes with mature personal vision and dedicated team preparation. He then moved over to asphalt Late Model racing at Motordrome and Jennerstown Speedways, racing alongside veteran competitors. His numerous test sessions in the Hurricane Motorsports Hooters ProCup car have provided him with quality seat time, and have shown his racing talent and driving capabilities to be well within their demanding standards.

Hurricane Motorsports has a rich history of fielding race winning entries for Gosselin, and is co-owned by Butch Schaefer and Denny Angelicchio. For 2004, the team entries will continue to utilize a Hess chassis and JET motors (Jennerstown Engine Technologies) from Jimmy Freidline. The chance to have his son drive for him in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series is one that Denny has envisioned for quite some time.

"I'm very excited about building on last years successes," said Denny. "I'm sure that Chris will step in without missing a beat, he said."

While his driving career took a back seat to achieving his Accounting Degree from St Francis College, Chris still maintained his presence in racing. He traded in his drivers suit, and became an invaluable part of the Hurricane Motorsports pit crew, as their jack man. This opportunity afforded him with a wealth of firsthand experience in how to approach a USAR Hooters ProCup Series event. His understanding of race day preparation and practice, race winning strategy, and most importantly race procedures, will all be essential to sharpening his learning curve, as he slips back into his drivers suit and helmet.

"I'm honored to have this opportunity to work with a top level team, as well as an accomplished race car driver like Mario," said Chris. "His knowledge of working with the chassis and the radial tire will be a great help in getting me up to speed in the Hooters ProCup car, he said."

Hurricane Motorsports is currently planning to compete on a limited racing schedule for the 2004 season, with the hope of naming a primary sponsor in the weeks to come. The team may also choose to protect Chris' rookie status, by racing only in selected events for the 2004 season.

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