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Victoria Motorsports Pinning Detroit Hopes on GJ Mennen For Motorcity 100 Presented by Johnson Controls DETROIT, Mich. (June 12, 2001) - G.J. Mennen, aboard the ...

Victoria Motorsports Pinning Detroit Hopes on GJ Mennen For Motorcity 100 Presented by Johnson Controls

DETROIT, Mich. (June 12, 2001) - G.J. Mennen, aboard the #6 Greased Lightning/ MotorCheck/Onkyo America Camaro, will be the lone entrant for Victoria Motorsports this Saturday as Round Four of the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup is contested at the Motor City 100 Presented by Johnson Controls, part of the Tenneco Grand Prix of Detroit weekend. Both G.J. and VMS have strong histories at Detroit.

"We think we're finally getting our season turned around," states Victoria Motorsports co-owner, June Cioppettini. "We had a rough start, what with building our own car (the Vanquish RS2M) and all. But G.J. put in a strong run at the last race at Mosport and got some solid points. We've done a bit of restaffing since then, and our car is as ready as it's ever been."

"I'm really looking forward to Detroit," says third-year Trans-Am participant Mennen, Austin, TX. "I've told Frank I do really well on street courses, and I've never finished worse than fourth here at Detroit. I think our Vanquish chassis is well suited to this sort of track, so I expect this to be our best race yet."

"I told G.J. that our car finished on the podium the last time we were here, so we're expecting nothing less from him this year," grinned Frank Cioppettini, co-owner and president of Victoria Motorsports. "We have some great people working on the car now, and with this race being on CBS it would be a good time to show Greased Lightning and our other great sponsors what we can do."

Last year's podium finish was accomplished in a Victoria Motorsports-fielded car by Willy T. Ribbs, who subsequently made his now-infamous remark about "Francis the Mule" at the winner's interview.

This year's 99.162-mile, 42-lap race around the 2.361-mile, 13-Turn Belle Isle course is slated to take the green flag at 4:00 pm EDT on Saturday, June 16. The race, which will be televised by CBS, is due to air on Sunday, June 17, beginning at 5:00pm EDT.

-VM-

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Willy T. Ribbs , G.J. Mennen