Long Beach: John Baucom preview

John Baucom Back for 2004 Season LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2004) -- John Baucom will return to the Motorock Trans-Am Series with a two-car team and a thirst to win. Baucom, driver of the No. 86 MAP Quality Engineering/Software Toolbox/Bully...

John Baucom Back for 2004 Season

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2004) -- John Baucom will return to the Motorock Trans-Am Series with a two-car team and a thirst to win. Baucom, driver of the No. 86 MAP Quality Engineering/Software Toolbox/Bully Dog Technologies Ford Mustang Cobra, will compete in Trans-Am's first race of the 2004 season in Long Beach, Calif. on April 18.

"We are more prepared this year than we were last year and we have experience at this track," said Baucom. Baucom, who won the BBS Wheel Most Improved Driver of the Year award in 2003, has added another car to his Matthews, N.C. based Baucom Motorsports team. Sophomore driver Joey Scarallo has teamed with Baucom this year.

Baucom re-skinned the No. 86 car for the 2004 season. The familiar yellow-and-green color scheme is still present, but the team has re-skinned their chassis with Mustang bodywork. "We wanted to be different; there were too many Jaguars, and some of our sponsors liked the Mustang better.

"We wanted to do more of our own thing," continued Baucom. Along with a new body comes a new engine. Baucom is working on the development of the new current production Ford Mustang Cobra four-cam, four-valve, fuel injected engine for Trans-Am competition. "We eventually wanted to do something with this new engine," said Baucom.

One of two siblings, Baucom, 32, lives in Matthews, N.C. He manages Baucom Motorsports and runs his family's business, Sports Car Authority, a successful import specialty car body and repair shop.

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